The first time buyers guide to the conveyancing process

As a first time buyer the process of purchasing a home can seem daunting, with a number of completely new experiences and tasks ahead of you.

This is where your conveyancer comes in. Your conveyancer is there to take care of all the legal aspects of transferring the property from the current owner to you.

However, most first time buyers understandably have very little idea of what to expect from the conveyancing process or from their conveyancer. In this article, our experienced conveyancers explain what you can expect from the conveyancing as a first time buyer.

What should you look for in a conveyancer as a first time buyer?

One of the most important steps in the home buying process is choosing the right conveyancer for you.

There a few things you should consider when choosing your conveyancer:

  • Look for a regulated solicitor – choosing a solicitor regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority will mean that you will be covered by the firm’s insurance should anything go wrong.
  • Look for a fixed fee quote – budgeting for your house move is difficult enough without getting nasty surprises on the cost of legal fees. Look for a fixed fee conveyancing quote which includes the cost of searches (often referred to as ‘disbursements’).
  • Choose a specialist conveyancer – the conveyancing process can be complicated so it is important to have a specialist on your side. Here at Residential Matters, our team of conveyancers have over 90 years’ combined experience helping people with their move.

When should you instruct a conveyancer?

If you are unfamiliar with the house buying process, appointing a conveyancer can be something of an afterthought.

However, we would always recommend looking to choose a conveyancer as soon as possible in the process. This way you can get the process moving as soon as you have found the right property for you.

What will your conveyancer do for you?

Your conveyancer is there to ensure that the legal process of your move runs as smoothly as possible.

This will include:

  • Making sure the seller has a legal title to sell the property
  • Organising searches such as local and coal searches
  • Making sure the property has the appropriate Planning Permissions and/or Building Regulations, if necessary.
  • Raising enquiries with the seller on issues such as boundary responsibilities
  • Advising on any restrictive covenants which could affect how you can use your home.

How can you help the conveyancing process?

As a client, the best way to help the conveyancing process is to communicate with your conveyancer.

If you have any concerns whatsoever you should let your conveyancer know. No matter how big or small you think the problem might be, letting your conveyancer know as soon as possible can prevent any delays.

If you are purchasing your property with a full or part gifted deposit (using money from parents or other relatives) you should also let your conveyancer know straight away so they can carry out all the necessary checks and get you moving as quickly as possible.

Talk to the specialist conveyancers at Residential Matters today

If you are first time buyer looking to get onto the property ladder, we have a team of experienced conveyancers waiting to help you buy your home.

With our online client portal, you can even receive updates on your move online anywhere and at any time.

To talk to a member of our team about how Residential Matters can help get you moving, call us now on 01282 695 400.

Or, you can even get your fixed fee, affordable conveyancing quote online by clicking the button below and completing the quick form.