Understanding The Conveyancing Process

Paperwork and Contracts

When your offer on a home has been accepted, it is time to move forward with the contract. The contract includes all of the terms of the sale, including price and any specific details related to purchase. You will get your property information when you go to visit it. The seller typically provides all the details about the property and their solicitor provides legal confirmation of the seller’s ownership rights in relation to that property.

A Solicitor From The Buyer’s Side Will Get in Touch

The buyer’s solicitor will look over the contract before the event of a purchase. They will verify that everything is correct to your standards & any changes/clarifications are made before the end of the waiting period, if they’re looking to purchase a property, they’ll first speak with the seller’s solicitor. After that, they should investigate any local issues like right of way disputes or boundary issues.


Estate agents will normally carry out a survey. We ensure that the buyers’ solicitor is made aware of any outstanding issues. The report will cover the condition of the building, the surrounding land, external factors such as drainage systems and other developments in the neighbourhood.

Buyers and sellers often need a real estate agent to help them with the process. They’ll make sure all the different aspects of the property are in order before making a purchase. You can also call an agent if you have any concerns about the condition of your property’s title. They will also do an additional investigation, such as checking any environmental issues or a potential history of flooding.

Draft Contract Approval

Once the survey is complete, both parties will negotiate the contract. If everyone is satisfied, then the ink can be applied to the document so that each party will have a copy ready for exchange.


If you are using a mortgage to buy your house, the lender will use their own solicitors. A solicitor is usually the middleman between you & the lender, helping you to sign all of the paperwork. Your solicitor will typically act for the buyer too.


If a buyer accepts a seller’s offer and the seller agrees, they both legally set themselves to fulfilling their obligations without alteration. If they back out of the deal, they will be penalized for it financially and legally responsible for any losses. This is a great advantage of doing a business [name] contract. [name] will have to pay the deposit and the delivery date is fixed. There are times when you need to go into the contract in detail for this, so if there are any chains of transactions involved, Estate Agents can talk to the buyer, sellers, lender and their solicitor(s) to help fix the date.

Once Contracts Have Been Exchanged

This process can be lengthy and needs to be done in a specific order. The first step is to get legislative approval and sign the contract. Then, we search for any title registers and bankruptcy or mortgage debts on behalf of the client. Depending on your circumstances, they’ll either ask for the remaining balance of the purchase price to be paid now or at a later date. Your solicitor will prepare your final financial statements and help sort out any outstanding loans if needed.

Completing The Process

When the property is sold, the buyer’s solicitor sends purchase money to the seller’s solicitor. The solicitors work out together which documents need to be sent between them. After the buyer has finished paying for the property, they are notified by the seller of what to do with their keys. The buyer then receives them and is able to move into that location.

Completion and Transfer

When a property is completed, the buyer and seller have moved on with their lives. The solicitors still have a lot to do though. The seller’s solicitor will need to organise the repayment of any mortgage left on the property, pay off the estate agent and transfer any cash balance over to the buyer.

The burden for the upkeep of the property falls on the purchaser when they buy. They are responsible for keeping track of tax payments, acquiring mortgages, notifying their purchase to HMRC and applying for registration. They also need to register ownership of the property at their chosen Land Registry service. When the solicitor has finished working with your mortgage lender and your buyer, they need to check all agreements and relevant paperwork is sent out to those involved