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Property lawyers to help with your house sale

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How do property lawyers help?

Selling a house is a notoriously stressful process. With all the preparation and clearing out, time becomes a precious commodity.

Then, when you have a buyer, the conveyancing work has to begin. That’s where our services can prove useful.

First4Lawyers can put you in touch with the right property lawyers to ensure all the legal work, documentation and checks take place when and how they should.

What do property lawyers do?

During house sales, property lawyers are responsible for legally transferring ownership of the property to the buyer.

You will need to instruct property lawyers after you have accepted an offer on your property – although you may have decided on the solicitor you will use prior to this. They will then obtain the title deeds to the property you are selling from your lender.

Property lawyers also carry out the transfer of money – including the deposit and final balance – and the exchange of contracts.

Until you’ve exchanged contracts, there is no legal obligation to sell the property and both parties can pull out of the purchase. The sale only becomes legally binding when the contracts are exchanged between property lawyers.

What are the stages of house sale conveyancing?

Once you have accepted an offer on your property, you’ll have to instruct your property lawyer to draw up a contract.

The contract will include the following information:

  • What is included in the sale – such as fixtures and fittings
  • Boundary information
  • Details of disputes or complaints you've had or made while living at the property – such as complaints about noisy neighbours
  • Any affecting information known to you, such as local proposed developments – such as motorways or railways
  • Information about freehold or leasehold on the property

Once you've done that, the property lawyers can draw up the contract for agreement on aspects such as completion date.

They can also help you negotiate on fixing anything raised by a survey – or renegotiating on price if the buyer decides to take that course of action.

The exchange of contracts will then take place. You should receive the buyer's deposit and will then be in a binding agreement.

Finally, you will have a completion day, when you hand over the keys and receive the outstanding balance of the sale. Your property lawyers will hand over all the legal documentation to the new owner.

How long does the conveyancing process take?

Each property sale is different. There are many different factors to take into consideration, meaning that the time it takes to sell your home will vary.

Your buyer’s searches will need to be completed. The results these searches turn up – for example, risk of flooding – could delay the process.

The type of property you own also affects how long conveyancing takes. For example, if you own a leasehold property, it makes the selling process more complicated than if it were a freehold.

Knowing that there are numerous potential issues that could delay your house sale is what makes it so important to instruct experienced property lawyers. They will be able to keep things running as smoothly as possible.

What should I think about when selling my house?

When you’re selling your home, there are plenty of things to keep track of. With major concerns like appointing an estate agent and negotiating on the price, it can be easy to forget other issues.

During the house sale process, you’ll need to obtain an energy performance certificate (EPC) to provide to potential buyers. This should be done when you first start thinking seriously about selling. According to Citizens Advice, you’ll need to ensure an EPC is available within seven days of putting your property on the market.

You’ll also need to prepare your home to sell it. Think about tidying up, painting in neutral colours, trimming the garden and ensuring all necessary repairs are done. When you know potential visitors are coming to see the house, try to make sure it looks and smells as good as possible.

If you have the ability to convert space in the property – such as the loft or garage – you should consider getting this done. But if it will be too costly, you might be able to secure planning permission. This will potentially save the buyer from doing it and can add value to your home.

I need a property lawyer – what do I do?

Just get in touch with us on the number at the top of the screen or let us know when it's best to call you by requesting a callback and we'll get the ball rolling.

Our specialist property lawyers will keep you informed at every stage, without any unnecessary legal jargon.

They are here to ensure things proceed as they should, limiting the stress you typically associate with a home sale. 

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