The UK Conveyancing Process (buying)

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The conveyancing process in the United Kingdom is a two-sided affair and seeing as most people sell and buy at the same time, we're going to give you a rundown of the process from the perspective of a purchase.
Coordinating a sale and purchase involves knitting the two transactions together so they complete on the same date.
This doesn't involve anything special, legally speaking.
However, because you're in a chain, you have more people to consider and negotiate a completion date with.
In this situation your best defense will be flexibility, a considerate attitude and a conveyancing solicitor with the negotiating skill of Kofi Annan.
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Conveyancing Process for a Typical Purchase

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

Step #1:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Contact the seller's conveyancing solicitor and obtain the contract pack.



You Will:

Offer on a property.

Have your mortgage offer approved.

Arrange a survey.

Step #2:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Carry out the Local Authority Searches.

Obtain a copy of your mortgage offer.

You Will:

Arrange Building Insurance.




Step #3:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Investigate, review & report to you on the contents of:

Negotiate a completion date.

You Will:

You will review this report and go through anything you're unclear on with your conveyancing solicitor.

Provide input on the completion date negotiation.

Sign the contract and return it by post to your solicitor.

Step #4:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Let the seller's solicitor know that you're happy & ready to proceed.

You Will:

Send your solicitor the deposit monies (if you're not using the deposit your buyer provided on the sale of your house).

Step #5:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Swap signed contracts with your seller's conveyancing solicitor.

Action the payment of your deposit.

You Will:

Send your deposit to your solicitor and have a glass of champagne because you've just EXCHANGED!



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

Step #1:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Prepare the completion statement.

Carry out the pre-completion searches.


You Will:

Arrange a removals service.

Contact all utilities providers to arrange a connection date.

Notify everyone of your imminent change of address.

Step #2:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Prepare a transfer deed.

Send the signed transfer deed to the seller's conveyancing solicitor.

You Will:

Sign & return the transfer deed.




Step #3:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Request the mortgage money from your lender.

You Will:



Step #4:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Send the seller's solicitor full payment for the purchase of their client's house.

In return receive:

  • Title deeds.
  • Transfer deed.
  • Proof the seller has paid the mortgage redemption settlement figure.
You Will:

Collect the keys to your new home and move in.

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







Step #5:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Send to the Stamping Office:

You Will:






Step #6:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Register your ownership of the property at the Land Registry.

You Will:



Step #7:

Your Conveyancer Will:

Receive your new title deeds from the Land Registry and forward them to your lender (or you, if you're a cash buyer).

You Will:






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