Conveyancing Process for Buyers

The conveyancing process for buyers involves several key steps to ensure a smooth and legally sound transfer of property ownership. Here is an overview of the typical conveyancing process for buyers:

Instruction of a Solicitor:

Once you have agreed to purchase a property, the first step is to instruct a conveyancing solicitor to handle the legal aspects of the transaction on your behalf. You may choose a solicitor based on recommendations, online reviews, or personal research.

Initial Checks and Searches:

Your solicitor will conduct various checks and searches on the property to uncover any potential issues that could affect the purchase. These searches typically include local authority searches, environmental searches, and checking the title deeds.

Review of Legal Documents:

Your solicitor will review the legal documents related to the property, including the draft contract of sale prepared by the seller’s solicitor. They will ensure that the terms and conditions are favourable to you as the buyer and advise you on any amendments that may be necessary.

Mortgage Arrangements:

If you are obtaining a mortgage to finance the purchase, your solicitor will work with your mortgage lender to ensure that all legal requirements are met. They will review the mortgage offer and make sure that the terms are acceptable.

Survey and Valuation:

You may choose to arrange for a survey and valuation of the property to assess its condition and value. While this is not a legal requirement, it can help identify any potential issues that may affect the purchase.

Exchange of Contracts:

Once all legal and financial arrangements are in place, contracts are exchanged between the buyer’s and seller’s solicitors. At this stage, both parties become legally bound to the transaction, and a completion date is set.

Deposit Payment:

Upon exchange of contracts, you’ll be required to pay a deposit, typically around 5-10% of the purchase price. This deposit is held by the seller’s solicitor until completion.

Final Preparations:

In the days leading up to completion, your solicitor will carry out final checks and prepare for the transfer of funds. They will also arrange for the payment of any stamp duty land tax (SDLT) due on the property.


On the agreed completion date, the balance of the purchase price is transferred from your solicitor to the seller’s solicitor. Once the funds are received, ownership of the property is legally transferred to you, and you can collect the keys to your new home.

Post-Completion Formalities:

After completion, your solicitor will handle any post-completion formalities, such as registering the property in your name with the Land Registry and providing you with the legal documentation confirming your ownership.

Here at MSR Solicitors, we will keep you informed throughout the conveyancing process, advise you on any legal issues that arise and work to ensure a smooth and successful outcome to your property purchase. Why not contact us today.

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