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FAQ's
Are you fully qualified conveyancing solicitors?
Yes, all our conveyancing solicitors are fully qualified with many years of experience. All our solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors
Regulation Authority.

Can I speak to a conveyancing solicitor?
Yes. You will have one dedicated conveyancer looking after your file from start to finish. You will be given their email address and direct dial telephone number, along with the office general contact numbers on which they are contactable.

Does it matter where I live?
It does not matter at all on your location in the UK because conveyancing can be dealt with over the phone and/or via email. Legal documents can be signed and returned by post. No matter where you live we can get to you the best service and price!

How long will my conveyancing take?
Your conveyancing process will normally take between 4 to 6 weeks from start to finish. However, remember that if you are part of a chain the conveyancing process may take longer, simply because not everyone works at the same speed.

If you are looking for a quick completion, we will endeavour to make sure your conveyancing solicitor will work with you to speed up your transaction where possible.

What makes up a conveyancing quote?
A conveyancing quote is made up of four components:

• The solicitor's basic fee
• The admin fee
• Value added tax (VAT)
• The disbursements


Disbursements are usually approximately the same for all quotes, however basic fees can vary.

When should I instruct a conveyancing solicitor?
It is important to instruct a conveyancing solicitor as soon as you accept an offer on your sale or as soon as your offer is accepted on your purchase.

How soon will I have to pay for my conveyancing?
When purchasing a property it is quite normal for your conveyancing solicitor to request a payment at the beginning of the process in order to cover the fees for any searches that may be carried out in relation to the property on your behalf.

Thereafter, before completion, the balance of the solicitors fees are payable along with the amount you have agreed to pay for the property.

When selling a property you do not need to pay anything in advance?
On completion any costs will be deducted from the sale proceeds by your solicitor before the remaining balance is sent to you.

How much deposit will I need?
If you are purchasing a property, upon exchange of contracts it is normal for a deposit to be paid for in the region of 10% of the purchase price.
If you are buying and selling your solicitor can usually use your buyers deposit for your purchase without the need to find a deposit in cash

What are searches?
If you are purchasing a property, searches are checks that are carried out on the property, to determine whether there are any likely external factors that could cause your property to devalue in the near future after purchase. There are various types of searches that could be carried out. Your conveyancing solicitor will advise which are applicable.

Are environmental searches compulsory?
No, they are not compulsory but are usually recommended. A clean environmental search can be a strong selling point when you plan to put your property up for sale in the future.

Why can the local authority search cost vary from region to region?
The local authority search is a necessary requirement in any purchase. A fee is charged for this search and varies from the relevant district council in which the property you are purchasing is situated.

Do I need a survey?
If you are obtaining a mortgage for the purchase of your property a valuer will inspect the property on the lenders behalf to see whether it is worth the amount you are paying for it. This inspection is basic, and is unlikely to alter the purchase price.
If you are concerned that the property that you are purchasing is quite old and you are concerned about its condition, you can obtain a full structural survey report.

Can I renegotiate a purchase price based on the results of the survey?
Provided you have not yet exchanged contracts you can use the results of the survey to renegotiate a purchase price especially if the survey reveals any serious issues.

Can I avoid paying stamp duty?
The amount of Stamp Duty payable varies depending on the purchase price, and is calculated in percentage terms in the following way:-

£0.00 - £125,000.00 0%
£125,000.00 to £250,000.00 1%
£250,000.00 to £500,000.00 3%
£500,000.00 + 4%

Please note the above will vary for Leasehold properties. You may be entitled to a reduction in Stamp Duty if you are a first time buyer.

When do I need to get buildings insurance?
You should arrange to have a buildings insurance policy active from the time contracts are exchanged, unless you are purchasing a leasehold property where insurance will be put in place by the freeholder, or your mortgage lender is arranging insurance on your behalf. Your solicitor will need to see a copy of your buildings insurance policy before completion.

Why do I need to give you a copy of my bank statement?
Your solicitor will need to see a copy of your bank statement that shows where your deposit monies are coming from, this is due to Money Laundering Regulations. The statement will not be seen by anyone other than your solicitor.

What happens with the keys?
The keys are usually left with the estate agent and the buyer collects them once payment for the property has been credited into the account of the sellers solicitor. If there are no estate agents involved then the seller will hand the keys directly to the buyer.

When will I get the money for the property I am selling?

If you are just selling or there is a surplus to be returned to you after the completion of a joint sale and purchase your solicitor will usually send this to you the next working day.