Residential Property

The Conveyancing Process

Every property transaction is unique, and each comes with its own issues which can delay the process. Buying or selling a home can be an exciting but very stressful time, and it is vital to use a conveyancing solicitor that you trust. We combine our legal expertise with human understanding to support our clients every step of the way.

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary, of course, depending upon the circumstances, but on this page we outline the key stages of most property transactions.

If you would like to speak to our 5-star rated property team about buying or selling a property, get in touch today.

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Many people have a particular timescale to move home or purchase a new property.If you need to move to meet a special deadline or to move in as soon as possible, you don’t want your purchase held up.Our expert conveyancing solicitors work quickly and efficiently to ensure our clients’ transactions go as smoothly as possible.

Freehold transactions

We will:

  • Take your instructions
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make enquiries of seller’s solicitor
  • Report to you on the title of the property
  • Report to you on your mortgage offer
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry
Leasehold transactions

We will:

  • Take your instructions
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor
  • Report to you on the title of the property
  • Report to you on your mortgage offer
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Draft Transfer
  • Advise you on joint ownership
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry
  • Deal with applications required by the lease
How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between four and eight weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first-time buyer, purchasing an existing property with a mortgage in principle, it could take four weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between two and three months. In such a situation additional charges would apply.

Maureen Edwards

Maureen is the Client Support and New Business Director of Burt Brill & Cardens.

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Professional, responsive and very patient! The total cost of the transaction was competitive and exactly as initially estimated by BBC Law. Overall a great experience and would recommend anyone to use the company.

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