Top tips for a smooth conveyancing process with Emsleys

They say, moving house can be one of the most stressful times in your life. We all know it is a huge upheaval but the ambition to move to your next home and be able to create the space you and your family can enjoy for years to come, ensures it is undoubtedly worthwhile.

Conveyancing is often seen as a necessary obstacle in the overall journey, and it is easy to feel bewildered in the unpredictable market, the process and by the 'legal jargon' involved. However, there are ways to make it less arduous. Our Associate Director, Adam Dawson, provides some top tips on how you can be prepared before you move house.

Prepare your paperwork

  • Gather and provide ID documentation, any marriage certificate or change of name deeds if required, or death certificates and grant of probate certificates if a probate sale.
  • Property Documents – ensure that you gather all the documents you hold on the property. For e.g. any warranties, guarantees, building regulations certificates and/or planning permissions, boiler documentation, electrical certificates etc. If the property is less than 10 years old, then you may need to provide a New Home Warranty Certificate (NHWC).

Sale/purchase agreed – time to instruct a conveyancer

  • Ensure all forms are completed fully and all information/documents requested are provided promptly. Often documents can be provided on email to save time.
    • Trust the process! It will take at least eight weeks for all the searches to come back and the paperwork to be processed. Too much chasing of your solicitor only takes time away from doing the work.
    • Use your estate agents – they can often chase buyers/sellers on progress and can speak to all parties involved.
Your moving budget checklist
Selling - Early repayment charges on current mortgage
 - Estate agency fees
 - Freehold Management Charges or Leasehold – Some properties have freehold management charges or leasehold service charges that are paid regularly for the upkeep of the amenity areas or ground rent – make sure any of these charges are not in arrears. It will be necessary to obtain “Sales Information Packs” from the management company/landlord, check costs associated with this.
Buying - Broker fees for new mortgage.
 - Stamp Duty (SDLT) payable on the purchase property.
 - Homebuyer survey, to highlight any defects on the condition of the property.
 Conveyancing fees – information on the fixed fees associated with property moves can be found on our ‘Moving Essentials Online Calculator.

After 30+ years in the industry, clients of Emsleys Solicitors and Estate Agents credit both teams with the ability to help make this stressful time run a little bit smoother and provide the reassurance that you are in safe hands – at every step of the way.

With a quality, proactive and friendly service from start to finish, we hold the prestigious 'Lexcel' quality standard and recognised in the 'Quality Conveyancing Scheme'. Plus – if you instruct Emsleys Estate Agents to sell your property, you will receive a 20% discount on your conveyancing fees.

Contact us today for more information.

Top tips for a smooth conveyancing process by Associate Director and Head of Conveyancing, Adam Dawson
Adam Dawson

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Adam Dawson

Director & Head of Conveyancing

Adam is an Associate Director. He qualified as a Solicitor in 2012 and specialises in all aspects of residential conveyancing including freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, auction purchases, re-mortgages, transfers of equity, shared ownership and grants of new leases. Adam also supports the development of our...

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