Whether you're a layman looking to understand your own transaction or a lawyer needing assistance with a client's conveyancing our step by step sale and purchase guides will lead you through the process while our mini guides will break the whole thing into manageable chunks and give a deep insight into the key issues and stages. Leasehold, freehold, unregistered, registered – we've got it all covered.
Need help with a remortgage or transfer of equity / deed of gift? Our guides will walk you through the process and highlight some of the common pitfalls. Mortgages and transfers can be very simple procedures but complex issues can sometimes arise and mistakes are easily made. These guides will help you deal with them.
So you want to have a go at your own conveyancing? First you should read about the risks, then if you're still happy to proceed, our guides will take you through each stage of the process telling you what to look out for and helping you avoid falling into expensive traps. Our subscription service will give you access to all of the documents you should need for your conveyancing and we can even supply you with the Land Registry Official Copies you'll need. Our general guides will cover all the obstacles you are likely to face and offer a practical solution. Have a look at our sale and purchase guides too.
A big part of the conveyancing process is the conveyancing searches. This section tells you all about them. What they are, how and when to order them and how to interpret the results. Each search has its own guide and you'll see they are separated into Standard (should be done in every case), Regional (area specific) and Optional (not essential but often useful tools for the would be purchaser). All buyers should beware that when you buy a property, the law assumes that you have seen the information that would have been revealed by searches whether or not you have actually carried them out, so you buy the property subject to the results.
Using a conveyancer to handle your conveyancing will greatly reduce the risk to you and sometimes, particularly if you are taking out a new mortgage, you will have no choice but to instruct a conveyancer. The good news is it doesn't have to break the bank. Get a free, instant quote here. We can also help with quick easy quotes for other moving related services.
Are you looking for the documents you'll need for your conveyancing transaction? Or official copies of the title or other documents from Land Registry. We can help you. Follow the links below.
When moving home, booking your removals shouldn't be an afterthought. You need to plan it because if something goes wrong you could be looking at serious expense and inconvenience on the day of completion.
At the start of your conveyancing transaction try to get at least
3 quotes that you're happy with. You can't book them at this stage as it will be too soon to know what the final completion date will be.
Your conveyancer will tell you when he is ready to exchange contracts and will ask you for your authority to exchange with completion for a particular date. Before giving authority call your preferred company to check they will be available on that date. If not then try the other companies on your list. If no one is available find the nearest available date and suggest this to your conveyancer as an alternative completion date. Remember that completion cannot take place on a weekend or bank holiday. Once contracts are exchanged you can safely book your removals.
Sometimes your conveyancer will hope to exchange on a particular day but for whatever reason it won't take place on that day. He should seem your authority on each new day and before giving it you should check your removals are available.
This is a tricky question because your conveyancer can't really say what time completion will take place. You should however aim to be out of your property by 1pm and assume you will have the keys to your new place by 2pm. You should probably ensure you have your movers til at least 3pm though as completions often run late. Otherwise you risk that they will have to leave for another booking or that you will get penalty charges. Don't have them arrive too late though otherwise you may not be able to hand over possession of your property on time and may be sued by your buyer.
It is rare that completion won't take place on the appointed day where contracts have been exchanged in advance but unfortunately it does happen occasionally. To ensure you are as well prepared as you can be, you should think about where you might spend a night or two if you had to move out but couldn't get into your new home and if necessary research some hotels in the area you are moving to, remembering that if you intend to recover the cost from your seller or conveyancer you need to keep your losses reasonable, so no staying at the Dorchester for the weekend! You should keep some spare clothes and other essentials (toothpaste and such) with you as "hand luggage".
Equally important is storing your furniture. You should try to book a removal company that has short term storage facilities and check the rates they charge in advance.
Like any business removal companies have busy periods when it's harder to find a firm that is available. Typically this will be around bank holiday weekends and in the run up to Christmas. If you are moving at these times you may need to have longer between exchange and completion in order to be sure of being able to get a removal slot or risk booking before exchange (the risk is you may lose your deposit). Fridays are always the busiest day of the week.