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Key stages and timescales

The process explained

Key stages and timescales

How long will it take?

How long it will take from offer acceptance until the completion date, i.e. when you move house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes anywhere between 6 – 12 weeks.

The process can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain, the extent of the chain and the different property types that may be involved in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take approximately 12 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 6 months. In such a situation additional charges would apply.

At Burnetts, we have a very experienced and dedicated team who are always on hand to assist with any queries that you may have throughout your transaction.  If you have any queries regarding the quotation or would like to discuss any factors which you think may affect the quotation please contact a member of the residential conveyancing team.

Stages of the Conveyancing Process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have listed some key stages:

Purchase of a Residential Freehold Property

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender's solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry
  • On completion of the registration provide copies of the documents to you

If the property you are buying is a Leasehold Residential Property there will be additional steps that we will need to undertake which as well as the stages listed above include:

  • Review Management Pack and Leasehold Property Enquiries
  • Make any necessary enquiries in relation to the Leasehold Information
  • Deal with Apportionments of Service Charge and Ground Rent
  • Serve the required notices on completion to the Landlord and/or Management Company

Sale of a Residential Freehold Property

  • Take your instructions
  • Obtain title information and prepare contract documents
  • Deal with any enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitor
  • Obtain a redemption figure from your mortgage lender
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Complete sale
  • Deal with redemption of mortgage
  • Deal with sale proceeds and post completion matters

Remortgage

  • Take your instructions
  • Obtain Title Information
  • Obtain redemption figure from you current Lender
  • Review Mortgage Offer
  • Report to you on your Mortgage
  • Send Mortgage Deed to you for signature
  • Agree completion date
  • Request mortgage funds from new Lender
  • Complete Re-mortgage
  • Deal with redemption of Mortgage
  • Deal with application for registration at the Land Registry

Who to contact

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Kathryn Hill

Senior Associate Kathryn is Head of the Conveyancing team.