What we offer
Handling your house sale or purchase
How our conveyancing solicitors and legal experts work
We provide you with a dedicated conveyancer to expertly handle your sale or purchase and keep you up to date from start to finish. Whether you’re based in one of our office locations, Stockport, Chester, Macclesfield and Congleton, further afield in the North West or indeed anywhere in England and Wales, we can help you through the conveyancing process.
We can also advise you on other residential property matters, such as co-ownership, first registrations, leasehold properties, and re-mortgages.
What is conveyancing?
Conveyancing is the legal transfer of a property from one owner to another and leasing or mortgaging a property. During the process a conveyancer completes a number of key stages to ensure the property is ready to exchange contracts and complete the transaction. They also aim to ensure all third parties, e.g. mortgage lenders and estate agents, are up to date to avoid unnecessary delays.
An overview of the conveyancing process for a standard sale and purchase transaction
- Instructions are taken and ID and source of any funding checked to begin proceedings.
- The seller’s lawyer obtains details of the property’s title, prepares the contract and sends it to the buyer’s lawyer for approval with supporting documentation including forms completed by the seller.
- The buyer’s lawyer carries out searches and makes enquiries on the contract. This involves requesting a number of searches e.g. local authority search, and environmental and water searches, to find out more information about the property.
- The buyer’s lawyer reviews the search results, the title and the contract to raise any concerns or questions with the seller’s lawyer. He/she may also review any legal issues raised by the survey.
- Once the seller’s lawyer has responded to the enquiries and the buyer’s lawyer and buyer are both happy the contract is approved.
- The buyer’s lawyer normally also acts for the mortgage lender if the buyer is taking a mortgage and reports to the lender on the title.
- All parties prepare for exchange of contract. Contracts are signed and exchanged with the other side at which point the completion (moving) date is fixed.
- The buyer’s lawyer prepares for completion. This includes carrying out final searches and requesting any mortgage advance. Deeds are prepared and sent to the parties to sign.
- Completion – funds are transferred and keys are handed over, The buyer’s lawyer pays the stamp duty and registers the purchase with the Land Registry.
Our team of conveyancing solicitors and legal experts
We provide you with a dedicated conveyancer to carry out your house sale or purchase.
We believe communication is key; you are given your conveyancer’s direct dial and email address at the beginning of the process and we will send you regular updates by phone, email and text. We also have a number of highly experienced support staff on hand to assist the conveyancers with your sale or purchase.
Our team is accredited by the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) which provides house buyers and sellers with a trusted conveyancer who has the technical expertise and best practice skills to guide them through the conveyancing process.
When it comes to costs, we offer a fixed price for our legal fees so that there are no unexpected costs.
There will also be third party costs to pay during the conveyancing process, these are costs which we incur on your behalf for items such as searches and stamp duty. All costs, including those from third parties, will be fully explained to you before any work is carried out.