Frequently Asked Questions
Below you can find some of our most frequently asked questions, please be aware that this information only provides general answers and does not constitute specific legal advice.
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When you instruct a conveyancer remember to check that they will work on a no complete no fee basis with you. This means that when you instruct your solicitor you do not need to worry about being handed a large bill if your transaction falls through.
It is always less stressful and more efficient when the solicitor you instruct is aware of the transaction before an offer is accepted as it allows us to carry out work on your behalf in preparation for the upcoming deal.Whether you instruct us or another firm do not delay instruct your solicitor right away.
When you instruct your Conveyancing Solicitor you will need to sign the contract with the firm, provide your Identification documents and provide proof of any funds being used. We call this getting to know your client. Most of this is as a result of obligations imposed on us by the government or relevant regulators so please do not be offended when we ask for details of where any money is coming from we are merely following this through. All reputable Conveyancers will do this with you.
The next stage if you are selling a property is you will complete the Property Forms with us, these ask questions about the fixtures and fittings, boundaries and any other matters affecting the property. If you have a management company you should see if they have any requirements in respect of your sale as they often provide management information to the prospective buyer.
If you are buying a property you will receive these forms from your sellers. Importantly, if you are buying a property you should at this stage arrange for any searches or surveys to be carried out and ensure that any mortgage application is advanced to ensure all of these things arrive in good time for completion of your purchase.
Once any searches and surveys are received you then move on to the enquiry stage of the process. You ask questions about the property as the buyer and answer them as the seller.
Once these enquiries are satisfied you are free to arrange dates for completion/exchange of contracts. Exchange of contracts can take place at any point but is often at least one week before completion. Estate Agents are very helpful with this as they can speak with other members of the chain and come to a date which is suitable for all.
We generally find that your average transaction will take in the region of 6 to 8 weeks to complete. This is of course subject to the parties wishes as we have personal experience of transactions taking 7 days to 6 months plus dependent upon the wishes of the client involved.
We offer a unique proposal to our clients, one which surprises many estate agents who have not dealt with us before but leaves them asking why don’t all Conveyancing Solicitors do it this way. We simply say that we know how exciting the purchase or sale of a property is and we share this enthusiasm.
We would say to any client to ask your estate agent how often do contracts go out the day the sale is agreed? Or ask them how often do the searches arrive before the contracts are received. Not often/never will be the response. Pretty much every time is our experience. If you would like to know more about this feel free to give us a call, its pretty simple actually.
There are many and varied documents that may be involved with a property transaction, which will be applicable to yours will depend on the circumstances individual to the property concerned. There are some standard documents which always form the basis of a property transaction called the Protocol Forms. The forms are as follows: Property Information Form This form covers a lot of the basic information about the property, it covers things such as the boundaries, electrical installation at the property and any specific arrangement for completion. It is important to complete this honestly as a buyer will rely on the information provided in this document. Fittings and Contents Form This form is relatively self explanatory as it deals with the contents of the property, you will be asked what is at the property and what is to remain there post completion.