Frequently Asked Questions –
Residential Conveyancing

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Residential Conveyancing FAQs

What is conveyancing?

Conveyancing is the legal term for the process of transferring a property from one owner to another.

What is a conveyancing solicitor?

A conveyancing solicitor handles the legal side of your property purchase or sale. Conveyancers draft legal contracts, conduct searches, oversee the transfer of funds, and arrange for the transfer of title with the Land Registry.

Conveyancers also liaise with the other party’s solicitors and provide you with legal advice throughout the conveyancing process.

What are the main steps involved in buying a house?

The six main stages of a house purchase are:

  1. Instruction of conveyancer.
  2. Preparation of contract.
  3. Searches and enquiries.
  4. Exchange
  5. Completion.
  6. Post-completion matters.

For more information about what is involved in the conveyancing process, read our Step-by-Step Guide to Buying a Home by clicking here.

What are searches in conveyancing?

Searches are the series of enquiries made by your conveyancer to find out more information about a property.

A solicitor undertakes three main searches as part of the conveyancing process:

  1. Local authority search.
  2. Environmental search.
  3. Water and drainage search.

How long do searches take?

Searches generally take about three or four weeks to complete, although delays with the relevant local authority can slow the process down.

How long does conveyancing take?

It usually takes eight to 12 weeks to complete a property sale or purchase. However, various factors can cause delays, including if a survey reveals defects in a property, or search results need to be investigated further.

How much are solicitors’ fees for conveyancing?

At Bowsers Solicitors, we are proud to offer competitive pricing for our conveyancing services in March, Wisbech and across Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, and Norfolk.

To obtain an instant, free, and no-obligation quote, please click here.

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