Buying a property is exciting but it can also be a stressful time, even if you have been through the process many times before.

With multiple people to deal with and lots to organise and get in place before you can exchange contracts, the legal stages of buying a property can feel daunting which is why it’s important to choose the right conveyancer to help you with your purchase.

Expert conveyancing for your property purchase

At Home Property Lawyers our helpful and friendly conveyancers will support you, working with the estate agents and the seller’s solicitors to ensure your property purchase proceeds as quickly as possible.

Our experienced team are here to ensure that each stage proceeds as smoothly as possible. With a dedicated and contactable conveyancer personally assigned to you from start to finish, you will be kept fully informed throughout.

What are the stages of a buying a property?

Once you have found a property to buy the conveyancing process is fairly straightforward, following a number of typical steps.

Gathering information
  1. We will send you a pack of information and some forms to complete and return.
  2. You will be asked to provide money on account for third party expenses such as searches.
  3. You may be asked for evidence of your identity and your address if not provided by the estate agent.
  4. If your deposit is a gift, we will need proof of the gift, ID and address verification for the person giving the gift. You will need to tell your lender of any gift as soon as possible to avoid any issues later in the transaction.
  5. We will contact the seller’s solicitors to request:
    1. The contract
    2. Details of the title to the property
    3. A Fixtures and Fittings Form
    4. A Property Information Form (Protocol forms)

    When we receive the contract pack we will check the title and raise our initial enquiries with the seller’s solicitors.

  6. If not already provided to us, we will request searches such as:
    1. Local Authority Search
    2. Environmental Search
    3. Drainage Search

    Once we receive the results, we will review them and raise any further enquiries with the seller’s solicitors.

  7. A property report will be prepared setting out key information relating to the property. We will send this to you with:
    1. A plan so we can ensure the boundaries of the property you are buying are correct
    2. A contract
    3. A Transfer Deed (TR1)
    4. Completed Protocol forms
    5. Copy documents
Mortgage and Money
  1. If you are obtaining a mortgage, your lender will send us a mortgage offer. Once received, we will review the offer and deal with any special conditions so that on completion we can get the mortgage funds from your lender.
  2. If you have a Help-To-Buy ISA you will need to provide us with your closing statement at least three weeks before completion. You can get this from the bank or building Society managing your ISA. We will need this together with a signed First Time Buyer declaration to enable us to obtain the bonus. It is imperative that you provide this to us; any delay could result in the bonus being delayed. If we do not have this on completion you will lose the bonus as we are unable to utilise this after completion under the scheme rules. Further information can be found here.
  3. Once we and your lender (if applicable) are satisfied regarding enquiries and searches, we can discuss a completion date with your seller’s solicitors and commit (exchange contracts) to moving (completion).
  4. In readiness for exchange of contracts we will require your deposit.
  5. We will carry out final searches before completion in case anything has changed. We will also request the funds from your lender (if applicable) and any balance funds from you. On the day of completion we will pay the purchase monies to the seller’s solicitors.
  1. On the day of completion, once the seller’s solicitors receive the funds, we can confirm completion and you can collect your keys.
  2. Following completion we will pay your stamp duty land tax to HMRC and we will deal with registration of your ownership and your lenders charge with the Land Registry.

Why might buying a property take longer?

Although the process of buying a property is quite straightforward, occasionally there are things that can complicate and delay matters, for example:

  • Several people in the chain, all with different transactions and circumstances to accommodate.
  • An adverse survey which down-values a property or means that estimates or essential work needs to be carried out before completion.
  • Someone in the chain unable to secure a mortgage.
  • Problems with the property title, such as missing documents, inaccurate plan, defective lease, breach of covenants or lack of necessary planning permissions or building regulations.
  • The property being a leasehold, which requires additional information from third parties.
  • Adverse search results which result in further investigations.
  • People simply changing their mind about moving.

Should any of the above issues arise, it’s important that you have a conveyancer who will keep you informed and help find solutions to progress your purchase through to the exchange of contracts.

Choosing Home Property Lawyers for your purchase gives you:
  • A friendly and caring expert conveyancer, assigned to you.
  • Efficient and proactive service from a team of professionals.
  • Helpful and responsive communication, keeping you informed throughout your purchase.