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This guide is designed to help you through the house-buying process. We are also available to advise you at any stage simply give us a call or drop us an email.
Once your offer has been accepted, we will ask you for your solicitor’s details. It is best to choose a local solicitor so that you can call in to see them to explain any legal problems in detail, should they occur. It also means that you can collect documents from them and sign papers without delay. We can give you the names and numbers of local solicitors if you need them.
When you have appointed your solicitor, we will write to you and your solicitor and the vendor and their solicitor to start the conveyancing process.
This is also the time to put your mortgage arrangements in hand. You may have a mortgage certificate or promise, but you must complete the application form with your mortgage adviser and pay the valuation fees. We will contact you once your mortgage valuation has been booked. It is often cheaper to have the valuer carry out a Homebuyers Survey or Full Building Survey at the same time as the Mortgage Valuation. Just discuss this with your Financial Adviser when you complete the application.
This normally takes 7 to 8 weeks on average. Much depends on the number of other properties in the chain and the speed at which solicitors work. We will keep tabs on the process and give you regular updates. You may also contact your solicitor at any stage.
This normally takes 14 days for a written Surveyors Report. If you commission a Homebuyers Survey or Buildings Survey, you should have a written report in about 14 days. The surveyor may recommend further investigations by specialist contractors and we can help put you in touch with damp and woodworm specialists, electricians, builders, roofers etc if required.
This normally takes approximately 14 days for your mortgage offer from the mortgage valuation. Your solicitor receives a copy, too and checks it through. You must sign the mortgage offer and the contract once your solicitor has prepared it. At this stage, you may wish to consider moving dates. We will help by talking to the other people in the chain, and your solicitor will check that the other solicitors are ready too.
If you are the first link in the chain with no property to sell, your solicitor will ask you for cleared funds for the deposit. This money will be paid in exchange of contracts.
When everyone in the chain has signed their contract and agreed on the moving or completion date, solicitors will be ready to exchange contracts. Your solicitor will telephone you to confirm your wish to proceed to ensure they have all your contact numbers. Once exchanged, the contract is legally binding. You will move into the property on the agreed completion date.
On your day of completion, the transaction is normally completed by 2 pm. We cannot release the keys to you until the solicitor for the vendor has received the cash or mortgage money from your bank or building society. We will telephone you as soon as we have the go-ahead from the vendor’s solicitor and ask you to collect the keys from our office.