Conveyancing In The UK (selling)

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Conveyancing can be extremely frustrating, especially if you're unsure what should be happening and when.
This article lays out the conveyancing process step-by-step.
If you familiarize yourself with the main action points, you'll have peace of mind that your conveyancer is doing a good job and not dragging his feet.
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Conveyancing (Typical House Sale)

[Stage One | Instruction to Exchange | 4-10 weeks]

Step #1:

Your Conveyancer Will:


You Will:

Instruct your solicitor.

Step #2:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Send you a client care letter.




You Will:

Sign and return the letter along with proof of your identity and detail of your current mortgage (if applicable).

Step #3:

You Will:

Fill out these forms as best you can (your solicitor will help you) then send them back along with:

  • Any building work guarantees you have.
  • Planning Permissions or Building Consents you've been granted.

Step #4:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Obtain your:

On leasehold property they will also ask your management Co. for:
  • Last 3 years service charge accounts.
  • Their projected expenditure for the next 12 months.
  • Building insurance details.
  • A copy of the lease.

You Will:

Instruct your solicitor.


















Step #5:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Prepare the draft contract.

You Will:


Step #6:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Compile a contract pack & send it to your buyer's conveyancing solicitor.

You Will:




Step #7:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Answer questions from your buyer's conveyancing solicitor about the contract pack.

Chase for confirmation that your buyer's mortgage application has been approved.

You Will:

Help your solicitor to answer these questions fully.





Step #8:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Negotiate a target completion date with all parties & have this written into the contract.

You Will:

Provide input on the completion date negotiation.


Step #9:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Receive acknowledgment from your buyer's solicitor that he & his client are happy & ready to proceed.


You Will:






Step #10:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Send you the finalized contract.


You Will:

Check the contract and if happy, sign & send it back.

Step #11:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Swap signed contracts with your buyer's conveyancing solicitor.

Collect and hold your buyer's deposit.


You Will:

Have a glass of champagne because you've just EXCHANGED!!

You are now legally committed to the sale.



[Stage Two | Exchange to Completion | 1-28 days / or longer]

Step #1:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Confirm with your lender a settlement figure for the redemption of your current mortgage.

You Will:





Step #2:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Receive, check & forward to you a transfer deed from your buyer's conveyancing solicitor.

You Will:

Sign the transfer deed and return it as quickly as possible.

Step #3:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Receive from your buyer's mortgage lender (via the buyer's solicitor) full payment for the purchase of your home.

Send the title deeds & transfer deed to your buyer's solicitor.

Pay himself, your Estate Agent (if you use one) & the redemption settlement owed to your current mortgage lender.

You Will:

Vacate your property and organize to hand over the keys to the new owners.

Have another glass of champagne because you've just COMPLETED!!





Step #4:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Forward any money leftover from the sale to you.

(If you are simultaneously buying) Forward the money to your vendor's solicitor.

Receive the title deeds & transfer deed for your new house.

You Will:

You collect the keys for your new home, move in & finish what's left of the champagne.







Step #5:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Registers you as owners of your new home at H.M. Land Registry.

Forward your new title deeds to you or your lender (if you purchased with a loan).

You Will:








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