Our property solicitors can help with your house purchase

Once you’ve found the perfect house, we know you just want the legal side sorted. We can match you with the perfect property solicitor to do just that.

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How can property solicitors help?

It’s often said that moving house is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. Whether you’re buying your first property or looking for somewhere with more room, you’ll no doubt be feeling the pressure.

With the average UK house price at £228,147, it’s vital that such a significant investment is done properly. Having experienced specialist property solicitors guiding you through the process of buying a house makes it easier.

First4Lawyers can match you with the right property solicitors to help ensure all the conveyancing work and checks are done efficiently and in good time.

What do property solicitors do?

Property solicitors are responsible for transferring the ownership of a home from the seller to the buyer.

After you’ve had an offer accepted on a new home, you’ll need to instruct property solicitors to act on your behalf. They’ll then start the administrative and legal work required to drive the sale forward.

They will also then carry out the required searches, which include environmental, local authority and water. These are necessary to establish any potential problems with the property, such as risk of flooding.

Your property lawyer will also handle the transfer of your deposit to the seller, as well as the exchange of contracts.

What are the stages of buying a house?

When you find the right home for you, you’ll need to make an offer. When the negotiation process has ended and your offer has been accepted, that’s when conveyancing begins.

Your property solicitor will then request the contract pack from the seller’s solicitor. They will check the contract and raise any pre-contract enquiries in order to ensure you have a full picture of the property. The potential issues raised may affect whether you decide to proceed.

You are under no obligation to go ahead with the purchase of a house until contracts have been exchanged between both parties’ property solicitors.

Once contracts have been exchanged, your property solicitor will send a draft transfer deed and completion information form to the seller’s solicitors. After that, they will prepare a completion statement, conduct pre-completion searches and apply to your mortgage provider for the loan, if necessary.

Your property solicitor then sends stamp duty to HMRC, receives the deeds and registers the property in your name at the Land Registry.

You then receive a copy of the registered title, naming you the new owner of the property.

How long does the house-buying process take?

Every house purchase is unique. This means that it could take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to receive the keys to your new home.

There are various factors that could present a hold-up to the buying process. If the searches your property solicitor conducts reveal any issues, you might want to take some time to decide whether you want to proceed.

Meanwhile, more complicated purchases generally mean a longer conveyancing process. If your dream home has chancel repair liability, for example, or is a leasehold property, you might find you’re waiting longer than expected to move in.

What to look at when buying a house

Finding what you think is the right house can mean you may not be as focused on what might need attention as you should.

But it’s vital to ensure you’re looking at what you might need to do to the property once you take ownership.

Ensure you’ve scouted out the area. Knowing where the public transport stops, schools and pubs are located is important, particularly if you’re looking for somewhere quiet. You can also examine police crime-mapping sites to get a sense of how much criminal activity takes place there.

Look at whether there’s flaking plaster or paint and a mouldy smell. This could mean that the house has a damp problem, which could be expensive to fix.

You should also look past the staging. Sellers will hang mirrors, light rooms strategically and bake bread to give the illusion of a cosy home. You’ll need to be aware of the tricks they employ to ensure you see the property for what it really is.

I need a property solicitor – what do I do?

It’s important to appoint an experienced property solicitor as soon as possible. Waiting until the last minute can delay a potentially long home-buying process even more.

Experienced property solicitors will help cut down on your stress levels and make the whole process less expensive in the long run.

At First4Lawyers we’ll ensure you’re matched with expert property solicitors to ensure reliable, professional conveyancing for your all-important property purchase.

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