Sound legal advice and support to take the stress out of conveyancing
Buying a property is well known for being among the most stressful times in life. Whether you are a new homeowner buying for the very first time or a seasoned investor adding to your portfolio, the fears surrounding a home move or property purchase never truly go away. With so many things to consider, it is important that the conveyancing stage goes smoothly – and in a timely fashion.
Are you looking to buy a new property?
What is conveyancing?
Conveyancing is the name given to the legal and administrative work entailed in the transfer of ownership of a property or land. The sale or purchase of a home is among the largest financial transactions you are ever likely to make and so it is important that you have a legal expert on hand to support you during this process.
As experts in residential property matters, we use all of our experience to ensure that we support you every step of the way. For more information on a solicitor’s role in a property purchase, we have prepared a helpful guide, which you can read here.
Why choose Sweeney Miller Law
There is no substitute for experience in property law. Having helped hundreds of people to make their dream move become a reality, our specialist conveyancing team are perfectly placed to support you through your move. With experts working out of both our Newcastle and Sunderland offices we are to
What should you ask when instructing a conveyancing solicitor?
It is important that you feel comfortable with your choice of legal representation, no matter what the area of law. That’s why we welcome questions that may help put your mind at rest:
- Ask us about terminology – don’t worry if you aren’t familiar with terms like “exchange”, “completion”, “searches” or even “conveyancing”. Please always feel free to ask a member of our property team to clarify for you. Once you understand the process and the legal terms involved in your service, things are more likely to run smoothly.
- Ask us about costs – conveyancing requires us to liaise with local authorities and third parties in order to complete our searches. Don’t be afraid to ask us about our own fees and associated costs from these external organisations. We don’t believe in hidden costs.
- Ask us about timescales – an important part of the organisation in a home move is understanding how long each facet takes. We can help you understand how long you can expect each step to take so that you can plan accordingly.
Our advice for buying a property
- The worst stress for house buyers comes when you feel rushed and short on time. Our first piece of advice to clients is always to plan and prepare for your move as early as possible. This includes selecting your mortgage lender and solicitor early to ensure that you have everything in place before the time comes to put that final offer on the table.
- Aim to exchange early. While there are always cases where an exchange and completion occurs on the same day, it is advisable to have exchanged contracts 1 to 2 weeks before the completion date (when you actually collect the keys to your new home and make the final transaction).
The exchange of contracts legally binds both parties to a given moving date and a deposit (usually around 10% of the agreed price is transferred to the vendor). One of the main benefits of exchanging early is that it provides confirmation of a move-in date and allows you to make arrangements such as home insurance; removals firms; etc.
Working with investors
The conveyancing team here at Sweeney Miller Law work with many investor clients looking to build a secure and lucrative property portfolio. We believe that our experience and commitment to excellence is what makes us stand out to investors. Our personalised and professional service represents greater value for money to investors than working with other less qualified legal service providers.