Our team have used their expert knowledge and years of experience in property law to devise a flow chart for the conveyancing process in the UK.
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A step-by-step guide to the UK conveyancing process
- The offer is accepted – the seller agrees to an offer put forward by the buyer
- Appoint solicitors – buyer and seller need to appoint a solicitor or conveyancer
- Client care pack – certified proof and ID must be shown to the solicitor and all relevant information forms should be fully completed
- Contract pack is drafted – the seller’s solicitors draw up the draft contract & sending this to the buyer’s solicitors together with the title deeds or office copies, plans of the property, protocol forms and any leasehold information
- Searches are applied for – the buyer’s solicitors will apply for searches they believe are relevant. The time that takes is dependent on how long it takes the authorities involved
- Enquiries are raised – perhaps the most time-consuming step in the conveyancing process. The buyer’s solicitors make enquiries into anything they believe is necessary surrounding the property
- Mortgage offer – the buyer receives a mortgage offer from their lender. This will be viewed by the buyer’s solicitor and financial advisor. A mortgage deed must be signed by the buyers before exchange/completion
- Contracts signed – the solicitors will send out all relevant contracts to be signed
- Completion date discussed – completion date is arranged between the buyer & the seller prior to the exchange of contracts. On average 5 working days are required before exchange and completion
- The exchange – the solicitors then date the signed contracts in order to make them legally binding. Your solicitor will send you a completion statement. The buyer’s solicitors will order the funds for completion from the lender
- Completion – the buyer’s solicitors will transfer the money for the property. Once validated by the seller’s solicitors the keys can be passed over to the buyer. Usually, the buyer will collect the keys from their agent
If you prefer you can view the flow chart for the conveyancing process in the UK. This can be particularly useful if you are planning to stick to specific dates. It should be noted the process takes anything from six weeks to six months to reach completion.
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Our conveyancing solicitors operate in Surrey and Sussex. They create our team of experts in conveyancing and property law.
Do you still have questions regarding conveyancing? Make sure to get in touch with our residential property lawyers by contacting your nearest Goodlaw branch. Our Sussex team can be reached on 01273 956 270 and our Surrey team on 01252 471 211.
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