Conveyancing: The Legal Side of Selling Your Home

16 July 2021
If you’re buying, selling or remortgaging your property, you’ll need to hire a conveyancer. A conveyancer oversees all legal aspects of the home buying process and will ensure that everything progresses to completion. With so much to organise and coordinate, the property buying and selling process can feel like an extremely daunting and overwhelming task. A trusted conveyancing solicitor can help take away some of the stress you may be feeling.
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We understand that conveyancing may seem a little confusing, especially if you haven’t been through the home buying or selling process before. So, our team has compiled some useful information to guide you through the conveyancing process. 

Here at John Fowlers Solicitors, we’ve been trusted to provide conveyancing services for more than 90 years. During this time, we’ve overseen the exchange of thousands of properties in Essex. Our experienced team has the knowledge you need for a stress-free purchase and sale, from enquiry through to completion. 

Contact us today and speak to one of our conveyancing solicitors. 

What is conveyancing? 

Conveyancing is the legal term used to describe the transfer of ownership of a property, or piece of land, between the seller and buyer. The conveyancing process involves several stages and it’s important to work with a trusted, experienced conveyancing solicitor to ensure that the process runs smoothly. The process begins when your offer on a property is accepted and will end once you receive your keys. 

What does a conveyancing solicitor do?

A conveyancing solicitor will prepare all of the required legal documents and will take the appropriate steps to ensure that the transfer of the property is successful and legally binding. They will also complete a wide range of administrative tasks and legal work. One of their responsibilities include being the first, and main, point of contact for your buyer or seller’s solicitor. This can relieve a lot of stress as you won’t have to deal with complex questions and enquiries. As well as this, your conveyancing solicitor will request a copy of the draft contract and property details. They will then analyse this contract and other legal documentation and raise any queries. A conveyancing solicitor will also complete recommended searches, including local authority searches, and can review the conditions of your mortgage and advise on amendments. If you have any questions about the legalities of your property purchase, your solicitor will be able to assist you with these. They can also ensure that any questions you may have about the property are answered by the seller’s solicitor before you sign the contract. It is also their responsibility to exchange contracts with the seller on your behalf and complete after-sale tasks, such as, the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax to HM Revenue and Customs. 

What to consider when hiring a conveyancing solicitor?

Once you’ve decided to sell or purchase a property, you’ll need to instruct a conveyancer to help you with this process. There are complex legal processes involved in purchasing and selling a property which can be time-consuming and stressful. You’ll find that there are also a variety of legal documents that need to be read through and analysed. This is why it’s vital to ensure that you are hiring a trusted, experienced conveyancing specialist. At John Fowlers Solicitors, our team of conveyancing solicitors have a wealth of experience and will be there to guide you through the entire process. We’re passionate about providing excellent service and ensuring that the home buying process is as straightforward as possible. 

What is the conveyancing process when purchasing a property?

We’ve put together this infographic to demonstrate the typical conveyancing process when buying a property.

Contact us today and speak with one of our experienced conveyancing solicitors in Colchester, Essex, and find out how we can help you.