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Do You Need a Conveyancing Solicitor?


Even though it is possible to carry out your own conveyancing, only few have dared to do so. Process can be quite technical, risky and time consuming. Conveyancer will carry out all the checks into the property that you are buying. These may include checking that the property has planning consent for any changes or improvements to be made or whether it complies with all the local conservation rules.

Some say that Conveyancing fees are at the their lowest at the moment and a lawyer/solicitor who is acting on your behalf will have professional indemnity insurance. That way you will be protected if anything goes wrong during the Conveyancing process.

Moving your home is stressful enough and a specialist law firm will ensure that the whole buying and selling process runs as smoothly as possible.

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How Long will the whole conveyancing process take?


Sometimes if the property that you are buying or selling is empty, and there is no mortgage required, you would be able to complete your property purchase in a matter of days.

Usually a typical conveyancing transaction will take between 4 and 6 weeks to get to the point of exchanging contracts. Another 2 to 3 weeks is likely period between exchange of contracts and full completion.

There are so many parties involved in property transaction that it always takes longer than guaranteed to complete a sale or purchase of property. Be aware of any solicitor or company offering quick completion guarantees or promises.

MoveLawyer.co.uk think that conveyancing solicitor is the one who should be pushing everyone for faster completion. Through our pro-active approach we try to give you the fastest time for completing property sale or purchase. Your solicitor is the one that will advise you on what needs to be done to get things moving quicker.

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What work would conveyancing solicitor carry out?


The Solicitor, Lawyer or Conveyancer will check property titles, this includes Land Registry Title Plan, they must make sure that the property can be sold, create the contracts of sale, conduct necessary research and provide information regarding restrictions on the property, conduct checks into planned developments in the near by which could cause issues in the future, handle all the financial transactions for the property and register the new ownership the Land Registry.

Your lawyer will not only deal with all the paperwork, whether you are buying a house or selling a house but will provide you with advice and information as to how the sale or purchase of the property is going.

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You might be asking yourself “What is Conveyancing?”


Term 'Conveyancing' refers to the legal process of transferring ownership (or 'title') if and when you are buying and selling property. The term is commonly used to describe the legal and administrative process between accepting offer and moving you home.

Conveyancing can be either undertaken by a Conveyancing Solicitor or a Licensed Conveyancer.

Conveyancing is the most complex part of the home buying and selling process. A good lawyer or solicitor will make sure that you get best advice throughout the process.

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What is the cost of conveyancing?


Conveyancing fees can be different between solicitors. It has been estimated that the fees can vary anywhere between £350 and £1600, it all depends on your choice of solicitor.

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What is Conveyancing Fee


Conveyancing fee is the fee that you pay to your solicitor for the work they do. Some may charge an hourly rate and others work on a fixed fee basis. Certain transactions will require work, e.g. purchasing leasehold property with a mortgage is more difficult than the sale of a freehold land with no mortgage.

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Conveyancing Expenses


Disbursements are expenses that the lawyer will pay to other parties on your behalf. They are stamp duty that is paid to HMRC, property registration fees that are paid to Land Registry and property related searches. If it is a sale there will be a cost for the Official Copies (Title Plan) .

In majority of property transactions expenses/disbursements are known in advance and these will be clearly explained in your conveyancing quote. Sometimes there may be additional expenses involved, an example may be if the search identifies that there was a mine near by.

If this is the case your mortgage provider will insist on a mining search report. These are usually quite cheap and provide assurance that the property you are purchasing is not above mine shaft.

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Conveyancing for New Build


Sometimes, new build homes are being offered with free or discounted legal costs, nevertheless it is essential that your lawyer provides impartial advice. Choosing the sellers preferred conveyancer can create a conflict of interest.

Movelawyer.co.uk work with solicitors who focus on new properties. Newly built properties are more complicated because of the property registration process, even so you will not be charged extra fees because of this.

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