Buying and Selling Properties
Buying a home is probably the biggest investment you will ever make. We have helped thousands of clients to move home smoothly.
If you're looking for a quote for buying or selling a property, please use our Obtain a Quote form and a member of our team will contact you
Despite our size, we are not a ‘conveyancing factory’ with cut-price deals and case handlers you never meet. We provide our clients with a locally accessible, one-to-one, professional service. And behind the scenes, we'll check everything to ensure that there won't be any nasty surprises in the future.
Buying a Property
You may have heard of the phrase “let the buyer beware”. We will provide a comprehensive conveyancing report telling you everything you need to know about the property you intend to buy.
In particular, we can check whether:
- The property benefits from (or is subject to) any rights, such as rights of way or rights of light
- There are any restrictions on future development such as extensions or conservatories
- Fixtures and fittings will be included
- Any Stamp Duty Land Tax is payable and if so, how much
- Relevant planning permission has been obtained and complied with
- Any work has been carried out in accordance with building regulations
- There are any plans for nearby development
- The property is at risk from flooding or built on contaminated land
- There are guarantees and warranties for matters such as double-glazing
- There is any potential liability for repairs to local churches (‘chancel repair liability’)
- We can ask a surveyor to assist you in having a building survey carried out
Most of these checks are standard but some are optional. You don’t have to obtain an environmental search to check for flooding or contaminated land for example, but we usually recommend it.
If you are shopping around for quotes, make sure you know exactly what will be included and whether there are any hidden extras.
Selling a Property
Although the buyer’s solicitor has to carry out various checks and searches, it usually the seller’s solicitor who is responsible for drafting the legal documents needed to sell your property and transfer legal ownership.
You will also need to complete a Seller’s Property Information Form and a form specifying which fixtures and fittings you wish to include in the sale.
Throughout the process, we will liaise with the estate agents, the buyer’s solicitors and where appropriate, any landlord or management company. We will keep you updated and do our best to move things along for you.
If you have a mortgage, we will request a ‘redemption statement’ from your lender so we can check that you will have sufficient funds to pay off your mortgage when the sale completes.
As soon as we receive the purchase money from your buyer, we will pay off any mortgage and, having deducted estate agent’s fees and our charges, send the balance to you by electronic transfer if you prefer.
Selling Plots of Land
Sales of garden land, often as building plots, are becoming more common.
You should consider carefully whether you need to retain any rights such as a right of way over the land being transferred.
You should also think about imposing restrictions on how the land can be used in the future. For example, you might want to restrict the types of development allowed or prohibit development completely.
For a quote for buying or selling a property, please use our Obtain a Quote form. If you would like any further information about our services, please contact one of our specialists in the Conveyancing Team.