This is where the legal bit gets going. Conveyancing is the legal practice of transferring ownership of property. To ensure you legally own your new home, you’ll need either a conveyancing solicitor or a licensed conveyancer to do the paperwork.
Conveyancing fees include things like searches, which assess any issues in the area surrounding the property, as well as the land registry fees and disbursements. You’ll have seen approximate fees in our Moving Cost Calculator and you can also have a look at our article.
As a rough guide, conveyancing can take between 8-12 weeks, but it does depend on how straightforward all the paperwork is. Your conveyancing solicitor will be reviewing documents related to the sale, your mortgage offer and carrying out searches on the property via the local authority. If something unexpected arises, the process can take longer.
From hiring a solicitor to completing on your sale, there are multiple stages in the conveyancing process. You can find out about them in our guide.
Searches are checks on the area around your potential property, and the property itself. They can range from checking the building regulations to whether there are proposals for new roads that would affect you.