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How to Speed Up the Conveyancing Process

Added by Berlad Graham
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May 23, 2024

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Buying or selling a property is a huge undertaking with many stages to complete, obligations to fulfil, and paperwork to provide. 

A property purchase involves a significant financial outlay, and you are often dependent on various other parties and factors to ensure a successful transaction. 

When the stakes are so high, it is not surprising that the conveyancing process can easily feel stressful and, without specialist guidance and advice, can quickly become overwhelming. 

While there are no sure-fire guarantees that any property purchase will go without a hitch, there are various things a buyer can do to increase the chances of a stress-free and speedy conveyancing experience. 

In this blog, our residential conveyancers give their top tips to ensure your property sale or purchase goes smoothly. 

1. Instruct an experienced solicitor. 

A solicitor plays a crucial role in the conveyancing process. Residential conveyancers handle the legal side of your purchase and serve as key points of contact throughout the transaction by liaising with the various parties involved. 

A ‘good’ solicitor can make a huge difference to your overall experience. Working with someone you trust and can communicate with is vital to ensure the process goes well and can save you time, money, and stress as your sale or purchase progresses. 

Don’t just rely on a Google search when looking for a specialist residential conveyancer. Asking friends or relatives for a personal recommendation often turns up a better result.  

At Berlad Graham, our residential conveyancing solicitors are specialists at helping people buy and sell their homes and we draw on our extensive experience to make the process as straightforward as possible.  

Our team of reliable conveyancers can assist with buying and selling properties across the UK and can act for clients regardless of location.  

To speak to one of our residential property team, please call 0330 175 5655 or email info@bglaw.co.uk. 

2. Get on top of your finances. 

Buying a home is a significant financial commitment and you need to budget carefully. 

When you are considering moving house, you should complete a thorough audit of your finances to help you understand what your likely outgoings will be and exactly what you can afford. 

Remember it is not just the purchase price and mortgage repayments you must allow for when you are buying a new home. You might also need to factor in additional payments and ongoing expenses, such as: 

  • Survey costs. 
  • Solicitor fees. 
  • Mortgage arrangement and valuation fees. 
  • Removal costs. 
  • Buildings insurance. 
  • Furnishing and decorating costs. 
  • Stamp Duty. 
  • Council tax and utility bills. 
  • Service charges and ground rent. 

First-time buyers should ensure they investigate the various schemes available to help them take their initial steps on the property ladder. 

If you are purchasing a property with the help of a mortgage, having an agreement in principle in place while you are undertaking your search will ensure you can move quickly if you have an offer accepted. 

3. Get a Survey. 

When faced with the considerable expense associated with buying a new home, buyers could be forgiven for looking for ways to save money in the short term. 

However, a survey is not one of the areas you should cut back on.  

Having your preferred property surveyed by a professional chartered property surveyor should be a vital step in any property purchase. A property survey will alert you to any potential defects, issues, or possible risks to the structural integrity of the building you are looking to buy.  

Any attempt to cut costs by not conducting a survey is likely to be counterproductive and could lead to additional problems and expense further down the line.  

There are three main types of survey: 

  • A Full Building Survey (also known as a ‘Level 3’ or ‘Full Structural Survey’) provides a detailed assessment of the property’s condition and advice on defects, repairs, and maintenance. 
  • A Homebuyer Survey (Level 2) highlights any problems or defects with a property that are considered “urgent or significant”. 
  • A Condition Survey (Level 1) is a surface-level survey that considers the physical condition of a building. 

Which survey is most appropriate for you depends on the age and condition of the property you are planning to buy. 

4. Stay on top of paperwork. 

There is a lot of legal, financial, and administrative paperwork involved in a property purchase. Buyers will need proof of identity and proof of funds along with their mortgage offer and will have to check various other documentation that is provided to them, including the Property Information Form (TA6) and Fittings and Contents Form (TA10).  

Being organised and completing and returning the relevant forms promptly will ensure there are no unnecessary delays in the transaction. 

5. Plan for completion. 

Completion day is when money is transferred, your solicitor confirms the transaction, and you get the keys to move into their new home. 

At this point, your solicitor will have checked that several conditions are in place and all requirements have been met to ensure your transaction completes smoothly.  

Planning for completion day can help avoid any last-minute panic. Check – and double check – that your funds and paperwork are in order and let you solicitor know as early as possible if there is a particular day you want to avoid (for example, because of holidays or other commitments). 

Conveyancing Solicitors Cumbria 

Buying or selling a property can be stressful with many legal aspects to navigate. 

At Berlad Graham, our highly knowledgeable conveyancing solicitors will guide and support you through every stage of the conveyancing process. 

We will guide you through exactly what is involved, taking care of all the necessary legal work, to ensure your transaction is carried out as smoothly and cost-effectively as possible. 

Berlad Graham is accredited by The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), a recognised quality standard for SRA-regulated firms in residential conveyancing. It sets out the standards of competence, risk management and client service levels expected of practices. 

If you are a buyer or a seller looking for a reliable and responsive conveyancing solicitor, get in touch with Berlad Graham today. You can call us on 0330 175 5655 or email: info@bglaw.co.uk. 

To find out more about our residential property practice, click here.