Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring ownership of a property from one person to another. It involves a lot of paperwork and regulation so when buying or selling a property, you’ll need to instruct a conveyancing solicitor. Their job is to manage all the legal aspects of the property transition, right through from offer to completion.  

Care should be taken when choosing a solicitor to ensure that the process goes as smoothly and stress-free as possible. It’s always worth making your choice based on experience, word of mouth and recommendations, rather than simply choosing the cheapest. A conveyancer can provide invaluable legal advice and support throughout the process, helping you avoid costly mistakes or delays. In contrast, a bad conveyancer can cause delays, add extra costs and even put your property transaction at risk!

Conveyancing fees can vary significantly so it’s always worth asking for a full, comprehensive quote upfront and ensuring that there are no hidden fees involved.

The timescale for conveyancing can vary depending on several factors such as whether a property is freehold or leasehold, the complexity of the purchase and whether any issues arise during the conveyancing process.

The Conveyancing Process

The following guide outlines what you can expect to help you understand the process:

Stage 1 – Instruct Your Solicitor 

Once your offer has been agreed on a property, it’s time to instruct your solicitor. They will send you some initial forms to complete and return which are likely to include a sale and purchase questionnaire. They will also ask for identification and if purchasing a property, will ask you to provide evidence of where the funds are coming from.

At this stage, your solicitor will likely request money on your account to cover the cost of any third-party disbursements. These include ordering property searches on a purchase and ordering a copy of the title from the Land registry on a sale.

Stage 2 – The Contract Pack, Searches and Raising Enquiries

Once your solicitor has received your instructions, the following steps are taken:

Sale – The seller will be asked to complete a property information form (TA6), fixtures and fittings form (TA10) and if applicable, a piece of leasehold information form (TA7)  as well as management information. These all form part of the ‘contract papers’ and provide vital information directly from the seller about the property to be sold. The contract papers will also contain evidence that the seller is the legal owner of the property. At this point, a draft contract will be drawn, detailing the terms and conditions of the sale.

If you already have a mortgage in place, at this stage, your conveyancer will also request a mortgage redemption statement from your current lender.

Purchase – Once the contract pack has been received from your seller’s solicitor, they will review all the documents and raise any necessary enquiries. The seller must provide adequate replies to these enquiries for the buyer to proceed. At this stage, all necessary searches (local, drainage and environmental) will be ordered.  

If you haven’t already instructed a surveyor and wish to do so, this should also be requested at this stage. For more information regarding surveys, please read here.

Stage 3 – Your Mortgage

If you are taking out a mortgage on the property, you need to inform your solicitor of the mortgage details. Your conveyancer will review your mortgage along with any special conditions attached to it. They will then send you the mortgage deed to sign which will allow your lender to register a charge over the title of the property.

Stage 4 – The Property Report

Once the buyer’s conveyancer is satisfied with all the enquiries and results of the searches, they will report to the buyer on all the information received about the property and offer their legal advice on the transaction as a whole.  

At this stage, both conveyancers will arrange for the buyers and sellers to sign their contract and you will agree on a date for completion. Your conveyancer will also request your deposit in readiness for the exchange of contracts.

Stage 5 – Exchange and Completion

Once the contracts have been signed, they will be formally exchanged to complete on an agreed date. Once you have exchanged, your sale is legally binding.

On the day of completion (moving date), monies will be released and transferred to the seller’s solicitor, signalling that legal completion has taken place and keys can be released.

Whilst the conveyancing process may appear daunting, here at The Mortgage Masters we are there to support you every step of the way and guide you through the whole home-buying process. Get in touch with our Mortgage and Protection Advisors who will be able to help. Call Laura on 07708 525784 or email

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