Residential Conveyancing Solicitors
We have expertise in all types of residential property transactions.
Buying a house is likely to be the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime. Whether you’re buying your first home, relocating, or adding a house to your property portfolio, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
From the moment your offer has been accepted, right through to completion day, our experienced team is on hand to guide you through the process so you can pick up the keys to your new in as little time as possible.
Speak to one of our residential property solicitors today to get the ball rolling on your exciting new adventure.
Wherever you are on your journey, our legal advisors can help. Call us today on 0330 024 0333 or use the button below to complete our contact form.
Our Residential Conveyancing Team
How Our Residential Conveyancing Experts Can Help
We will take care of drafting and reviewing all the legal documentation and contracts for the purchase of your new home.
Sale and purchase
If you’re selling and purchasing a property at the same time, we can take care of both transactions.
We can advise you on your tax obligations, including stamp duty land tax (SDLT), and will handle any payments on your behalf with the HMRC.
Liaising with interested parties
We will be the point of communication with your seller’s solicitors and estate agents, your mortgage provider, HM Land Registry, and any other relevant interested parties.
Handling transfer of funds
Our team will ensure all funds are transferred at the right time so your purchase completes within the timescales agreed.
We’re able to advise you on all of the legal implications of cohabiting, as well as mediating and arranging agreements that provide security for both partners. Find out more about how our family solicitors can help draft a cohabitation agreement for you.
Why Choose Us?
We ensure that our experienced residential property solicitors have an intimate understanding of all residential conveyancing processes ensuring the process is as quick and hassle-free as possible.
You will be allocated a single point of contact as early as possible, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free process with regular updates.
We are completely transparent with our residential conveyancing pricing from the get-go and once you have been assigned a dedicated team you will be provided with a breakdown of costs.
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Residential Conveyancing Frequently Asked Questions
The buying process from instruction of a solicitor (conveyancer) to completion takes on average 8-12 weeks. This can be dependent on your circumstances – ie if you are a first time buyer or if you have a property to sell, how long the buying chain is etc.
While the process of buying a house can seem daunting and complicated, in a nutshell it involves:
- Get a mortgage in principle – This will give you an indication of what you can borrow before you start the house-hunting process.
- Find your dream home – When you’ve found your perfect property, make an offer!
- Apply for a mortgage – Once your offer has been accepted you can begin the process of applying for a mortgage with your chosen lender.
- Find and instruct a residential conveyancer or property solicitor – They will be able to get the ball rolling with all the legal paperwork and property searches.
- Get a house survey – Although your lender will perform a basic valuation survey to establish the value of the property, you may wish to consider undertaking a more comprehensive building survey to check the overall condition of the property.
- Research removal companies – Although it’s unlikely you’ll know a move date at this stage, it’s useful to contact a few removals companies (if using) to obtain quotes in advance and check availability/lead-times.
- Transfer the deposit – When you’re happy with the results from the searches and surveys, you’ll need to transfer the deposit into your residential conveyancer’s account in preparation for exchanging contracts.
- Exchange contracts – Once everything is in place and both parties are happy to proceed, contracts will be exchanged between the buyer and seller. This means you’ll now have entered a legally binding contract. You may agree a moving date (or completion date) at this stage.
- Complete and move in – Your conveyancer will arrange for the transfer of the rest of the money to your seller’s solicitors, pay any stamp duty land tax on your behalf, and inform the Land Registry. And now the house is all yours and you can pick up the keys to hour new home!
Your home may be the biggest financial investment you ever make, so you want to be sure you are properly protected and guided through a transaction. Different fees apply for different types of transaction. Please see our residential property pricing page for more information.
It isn’t just the cost of the deposit you need to consider before buying a house; there are numerous other fees and charges to pay that also need to be taken into consideration, such as legal fees, mortgage fees, building survey costs, valuation fees, contents and buildings insurance, moving costs and stamp duty land tax (if applicable).
According to recent findings by Uswich, you’ll need to save around £15,000 for the UK average-cost home (outside of London) – assuming a 5% deposit of £10,000 and approximately £5,000 or additional costs.
Pulling out of buying or selling a house before contracts are exchanged is possible, although you need to be aware of the financial implications for doing so. If you pull out of a contract before the contracts have been exchanged then it’s likely you will still have to pay for non-refundable costs such as searches or for the time that your conveyancer/solicitor has already spent on your matter.
If you pull out of buying a house after the contracts are exchanged, you’ll be breaking a legally-binding contract and will be liable for financial penalties. As well as losing the money you’ve already paid out on searches, etc., the main financial penalty to be aware of is that the seller is entitled to keep your full deposit, which is obviously likely to be thousands of pounds! Furthermore, the seller can also claim for any potential losses (such as the house now being valued less than it was due to market depreciation).
Pulling out of a contract for buying a house is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Therefore we strongly recommend you seek legal advice before making any decisions.
Residential conveyancing refers to the legal process of transferring ownership of residential properties, such as houses or flats, from one party to another. This process involves a series of steps and legal procedures to ensure a smooth and legally binding property transaction.
Conveyancing fees is the cost of transferring a property can vary based on many different things, such as the type and value of the property, where it’s located, and which company you choose to help you with the transfer. They cover the legal and administrative costs of transferring property ownership.
You can do your own conveyancing, but it’s not recommended for most people because it’s complicated and could cause legal and financial problems. Conveyancing is a specialised area of law that requires an in-depth understanding of property transactions, legal procedures, and potential pitfalls.
How The Residential Conveyancing Process Works
Not everyone is aware of how the process of engaging Residential Conveyancing solicitors works, so we’ve provided an overview below to give you some peace of mind
The first stage is to get in touch with us using the button below – you will then be assigned to one of our Residential Conveyancing specialists. Alternatively, you can reach us on 0330 024 0333.
You’ll then receive a free 15-minute consultation within 24 hours via Zoom or telephone to discuss the issues you’re facing.
You are then provided with a transparent breakdown of our costs and, if you would like to proceed, we send you a pack of onboarding documents
Following this, we will guide and support you through the process of achieving a resolution that works for you and your family.
Timeframes & Costs
When looking for suitable legal support, there are often time constraints and deadlines that are important. This is one of, if not the, most important factor for our residential conveyancing clients. Once you have been assigned a residential conveyancing solicitor you will receive a clear timeline of what you should expect and what our residential property solicitor is working towards.
With our expertise in all conveyancing transactions, we are able to pre warn you of any potential obstacles that may arise, as well as planning ahead to combat these. We will give you an estimated completion date for your conveyancing transaction as early on as possible.
What are the top ten things people look for when buying a house?
Location – this doesn’t just include the neighbourhood. You should consider whether there’s access to local amenities such as shops and restaurants, are there good schools in the area (if applicable), and what are the public transport links like?
Parking – is there off-road parking (such as a garage or driveway), or will you need to park on the road? If the property is in an area where parking permits are in operation, are there enough permits for the number of vehicles that will be kept at the property?
The floor plan – don’t just focus on the number and size of the rooms. Consider how you want to live in your home, for example, would it be a hassle to walk from your kitchen, through your living room, to get to a dining room? Or would you prefer one big kitchen/diner. Some older properties may also have the only bathroom downstairs. If you’d rather this was upstairs you’ll need to consider the cost (and sacrifices you may need to make) of moving this.
Number of bedrooms – it’s likely you’ll have an idea of how many bedrooms you’d like, but will these all be used as sleeping space. For example, with more people having the opportunity to now work from home, do you plan to turn one of them into office space? If so, you may have to look at properties that advertise themselves as having an additional room to what you require.
The kitchen and bathroom – the most expensive rooms to replace in a house are kitchens and bathrooms. Consider the current condition of these rooms and whether it’s likely you’ll want to replace them in the near future. If so, do some basic research ahead of making an offer on the property, so you know what money you may need to keep aside for home improvements.
Storage space – while the floor plan may seem reasonable with regards to the size and number of rooms, one factor that is sometimes overlooked is the availability of storage space. This may include built-in wardrobes or cupboards, or simply space to keep your belongings.
Windows – are the windows in good condition? If not and they’ll need replacing, you may be able to use this to negotiate a lower offer than the asking price.
Curb appeal – the interior of a property can be changed more easily (and usually cheaper) than the exterior of the property. So it’s important that your new home should reflect your design preference.
The finishing touches – technology such as a security systems or smart thermostats could add value to the property.
Value for money – with easy access to historic property sale data, and free valuations, you need to assess whether the asking price for the house is a true reflection of what it’s worth.
Our Other Residential Conveyancing Services
Selling a property
Whether you’re selling a property privately or through an estate agent, our team of experts is here to help you with that process. From agreeing to the sale of your home and dealing with any buyer enquiries, right through to completion, we’ll support you every step of the way so you can embark on the next step of your journey.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as ‘common law’, meaning many unmarried couples fail to recognise their lack of legal protection if they separate. Our cohabitation law specialists can help you prepare a legally-binding agreement to protect your financial interests.
Wherever you are on your journey, our Residential Conveyancing specialists are here to answer any questions you might have
If you’d like to speak to a member of our team, please fill out the enquiry form. We will aim to reply to your query within 2 hours
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