What are the main things to consider when selling a property?

It is up to the sellers and their solicitors to provide certain information to purchasers and their solicitors at the outset of the transaction. Once an offer has been made, we will need to know where you store the title deeds for the property. If you have a current mortgage on the property we will also need to know your mortgage account number and the name of your building society/bank. In addition, we will ask you to complete a property fixtures and fittings list.

When you return the completed enquiry forms, we will also need you to send any planning permissions and building regulation and bye-law approvals as well as copies of any guarantees such as damp proof course, woodworm treatment and cavity wall insulation. If your property is leasehold, we will require full details of the ground landlord and collectors of ground rent as well as the ground landlord's consent to any extension where applicable.

Making sure that you provide all the necessary information speeds up the transaction for everyone involved. Once this information is received we will send a copy of your deeds and a sales agreement to your buyers solicitors for them to approve. The buyer's solicitors will then carry out various searches against the property.

What are the main things to consider when buying a property?
Once you have made an offer and it has been accepted, the estate agent should provide us with the sales information. We will seek  to obtain a sales agreement, a copy of the title deeds and a property fixtures and fittings list from the sellers solicitors. There are a number of land searches that we will then put in against the property, including a local authority search and a mining search. These check that your house is not affected by any public right of way across the land or that there is no proposed industrial work that will affect it, for example. The cost of these searches will be included in your initial estimate and will be deducted from your final account. Please note: We appreciate that search fees are expensive. If you do not wish us to submit searches until you have received your mortgage offer, please let us know at the time you are paying your search fees. If we receive a cheque/cash from you we will presume that you wish us to submit these as soon as possible. Please bear in mind that by not submitting your searches as soon as possible this can delay your purchase of the property. Once all this information has been received and checked we will ask you to make an appointment to discuss the documents and sign. It is at this time that we will require your deposit and our fees.
Can you give me a free estimate?
Yes, we can provide a free estimate for work. However, depending on the complexity of the case the final price may vary from the initial estimate.
Can you explain Common Terms?
completion date - this is your moving date. Any moving date that you suggest or agree with other buyers/sellers is not guaranteed until contracts have been exchanged. contracts - sale and/or purchase agreements. conveyancing - this is the term used to describe the legal process of transferring ownership of property from one person to another. disbursements - these are expenses incurred by us on your behalf. exchange of contracts - this is when all buyers/sellers in the chain have signed an agreement and the solicitors exchange them. On exchange, the agreed moving date is inserted into the contract. This date is final and cannot be changed. property fixtures and fittings list - this sets out the fixtures and fittings that are / aren't included in the agreed sale price. searches - if you are buying a property, we will make several searches on your behalf. These searches cover things such as whether there have been any planning applications relating to your property. title deeds - these show ownership of a property and also set out any rights or obligations that affect the property. A new law has been introduced whereby the price that you are paying for the property will be stated on the title deeds. Therefore when the time comes to sell your home, a copy of the deeds will be sent to the new buyers who will see the price that you initially paid for the property.