Buying a property
Buying a property – the biggest purchase of your life
Buying a property is probably the biggest purchase you will ever make, so it’s important to understand the process and to entrust the conveyancing to experienced solicitors.
At Beswicks we do not believe in bulk conveyancing. Buying a property is far too important for that.
Instead your conveyancing will be handled by an experienced, qualified solicitor who will deal with your matter from start to finish.
Your solicitor will keep you up-to-date every step of the way and, if you have any questions, you can contact them whenever you need to.
In our experience, this is the best way to take the stress out of buying a property and ensure a smooth move to your new home.
Meet the team
Buying a property is exciting, but we know that it can also be a stressful experience, especially if unforeseen delays or problems occur.
Our experienced residential property team will guide you through the whole process making sure your property purchase goes as smoothly as possible.
You will be allocated a dedicated solicitor who is only ever a phone call away should you have any questions or concerns.
We even have our own Beswicks Legal app so that you can track progress with your transaction, receive real-time alerts and updates, and view your documents securely.
Emma Millington Conveyancing and Property Partner
Nick Whitworth Partner
Sophie Ellis Conveyancing and Property Associate
Jaeda Moayedi-Azarpour Residential Property Associate
Hannah Killer Residential Property Solicitor
What is the legal process when buying a property?
Conveyancing is the legal transfer of home ownership from seller to buyer. It begins when your offer on a property is accepted and finishes when you receive the keys.
It is important to appoint a fully-qualified, experienced conveyancing solicitor as they will have the knowledge and experience to deal with your transaction.
- ID checks – the first thing your solicitor will ask for is proof of ID. This is necessary to satisfy regulatory and anti-money laundering requirements.
- Seller’s solicitor – Next we will contact your seller’s solicitor to let them know that we are acting for you and to request a copy of the draft contract and other important documents.
- Searches – Once received, we will examine these documents, order your searches and go back to the other party’s solicitor with any questions that we might have.
- Mortgage – If you need a mortgage, you now need to ensure this is in place. When your mortgage is approved your mortgage lender will send a copy of the mortgage offer to us so that we can go through their conditions to make sure they are complied with.
- Valuation and survey – Your lender will arrange a mortgage valuation, which is for their purposes only to make sure the property is worth the same or more than the sum you are borrowing. It is always a good idea to carry out a survey of your own to make sure you have a complete picture of the condition of the property that you are purchasing. We also recommend having safety checks carried out on gas and electrical installations.
- Signing the contract papers – Once all questions have been answered and search results and mortgage offer received we will invite you to sign the contract papers, either in the office or from home depending on what suits you best. We will also provide a comprehensive report outlining all pertinent points that you need to be aware of.
- Exchange of contracts – Once you have signed your papers and a completion (moving date) is agreed we will seek your authority to exchange contracts and legally commit you to your purchase. Exchanging contracts is done via a telephone conversation between the seller and buyer’s solicitor and you pay a 10% deposit when the contracts are exchanged.
- Buildings insurance – Your buildings insurance policy for the property you are buying needs to be put on risk from the day contracts are exchanged. You will need to send confirmation of this to us unless you are buying a new build property from a developer.
- Mortgage draw down – Next we request your mortgage advance from your lender to ensure we receive it in time for you to complete your purchase. We usually ensure it arrives the day before you are due to complete.
- Completion – On the completion date we send the purchase monies to the seller’s solicitor and when they acknowledge receipt, your purchase is complete. The solicitor acting for the seller will authorise the estate agent to release the keys to you, so that you can make arrangements to collect them and begin the process of moving in.
- Land registration – We submit an application to the Land Registry and answer any questions they may have for us. This process can take some time to complete but we will forward the updated title to you when we receive it.
Typically, the whole process takes 10-12 weeks.
Why use a qualified solicitor?
Buying a property isn’t always straightforward. If complications occur, it is important that your conveyancing solicitor is properly qualified and experienced to ensure your best interests are protected.
Always use a solicitor who is registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority and works for a firm which has Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation, as all of our conveyancing solicitors have.
This provides peace of mind about the qualifications, experience and standards that are guaranteed when you instruct Beswicks Legal to handle your property purchase.
Your questions... answered
How long does completion of conveyancing take?
A usual conveyancing transaction takes around eight to 12 weeks on average.
At what point do I need a solicitor when buying or selling a house?
Once you have agreed a price, you will need to appoint an experienced resid
Do I need a solicitor to re-mortgage my home?
You will need a solicitor to handle the legal aspects of your re-mortgage,
What’s the difference between freehold and leasehold?
The freeholder of a property owns the property and the land it is built on