Numpty question about completion

(7 Posts)
bookishandblondish Wed 06-Apr-16 22:34:46

Do I need to take ID to pick up keys from the estate agent? I'm thinking passport - but just want to check. They wouldn't just give keys to anyone walking in off the street would they?

Despite my parents buying and selling numerous houses, they can't remember. Neither can my brother nor my friend. It's almost as though the sheer horror of moving day has completely wiped any useful detail. My last house buying - I brilliantly delegated as lived abroad so someone else did the move and keys pick up and I just heard the horror stories ( wreck disguised as OK property)

Solicitor is in a different town so keys through estate agent ( who I saw once four months ago). And I have a long letter about everything else but just says keys will be picked up from estate agent.

House is in a different town from where I will be and my home - in other words, I can't get this wrong.

wowfudge Wed 06-Apr-16 22:39:14

Did the EA ask you to prove your ID after your offer was accepted? If so they'll be able to see it's you. Plus, how would you know about the completion and the address of the place or any other details unless you were you?!

bookishandblondish Thu 07-Apr-16 07:28:29

Yes - sent over copies of utilities.

Logic doesn't necessarily come into it though - I agree with you but in today's world of proving identity....

specialsubject Thu 07-Apr-16 12:04:10

for the sake of peace of mind, take your passport.

I didn't have to do this in recent purchases but it is a small town where the agent knew me well after loads of house hunting. If you've never met them before, ID wouldnt hurt.

a couple of other reminders;
- insure the new place from exchange
- set up your post redirect
-take meter readings at old and new on moving day.

and remember it will all be over soon!

HereIAm20 Thu 07-Apr-16 15:55:49

We were asked to take ID but when we went in they were just handed over without them asking for it!

wowfudge Fri 08-Apr-16 00:03:05

I have my photocard driving licence in my wallet so don't even have to think about it. For peace of mind, ring them and ask.

bookishandblondish Sat 09-Apr-16 03:30:10

Picked up keys - no ID asked for. Just had to sign.

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