Buying or selling your home can be stressful. At Lockings Solicitors, we understand this and we always do all we can to ensure your sale or purchase goes through as smoothly as possible. We know how important it is to deal with transactions without delay and we work promptly and efficiently to complete matters quickly, while still making sure we pay great attention to detail.
Our team has extensive experience across a full range of conveyancing and other property transactions. Our depth of knowledge means that, should difficulties arise, we know how to deal with them before they cause a major hold-up.
We deal with a full range of residential property matters, including:
If you would like to speak to one of our conveyancing experts, call us on 01904 943300, email us at email@example.com or fill in our contact form and we will call you back promptly for a FREE initial chat. We can also provide you with a conveyancing quote.
We will make sure that you are provided with a clear breakdown of the costs involved at the start of your transaction. This will be an all-inclusive figure so that you will not have any surprises later on. We also provide a no-sale, no-fee guarantee.
For a breakdown of the likely costs please get in touch for a free no obligation quote or download our free guide to conveyancing fees.
We are known for our excellent client care as well as for our understanding of the conveyancing system and our dedication to ensuring transactions go through without difficulty.
Our clients appreciate that we are easily contactable and that we are always happy to discuss progress and answer questions that may arise throughout the transaction.
We have been awarded the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality accreditation in recognition of the expertise our team has in providing quality conveyancing advice as well as the exceptional level of service we offer.
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We know that you probably have questions about the conveyancing process. Below are some of the more common questions that we are asked, but if you would like to know anything else, please feel free to call us.
The first step is to instruct a solicitor to deal with your sale or purchase on your behalf. If you ask us to act for you, you can contact us as soon as you decide to sell your property or when you start looking for a property to buy.
We are required to carry out identification checks by law, so we can start work on these so that we are able to open a file in readiness for when you have a buyer in place or you have found somewhere to purchase.
If you are selling, we will also let you have the property information forms and fixtures and fittings list to be completed.
A house purchase is a major investment and it is always recommended that you have a survey carried out. There are three main types of survey and which one you choose will depend on the property you are buying.
If it is modern and in good repair, you may choose to just have a level 1 condition report, which is the most basic type of survey.
If the property is older or you have any queries over maintenance, you can choose a level 2 or homebuyer survey which is slightly more in-depth.
If you will be buying a property that is more than 50 years old, of an unusual design or you wish to carry out renovations, then a level 3 structural survey may be advisable.
The length of time taken to complete a conveyancing transaction can vary widely. If there is no chain involved, then it may be possible to complete quite quickly, but where there is a chain then it is necessary to wait until everyone involved is ready to exchange contracts and complete.
This means that everyone will need to have their search results, survey, mortgage offer and satisfactory replies to enquiries. Delays can arise if there is a hold-up on any of these points. Generally, conveyancing is completed in around two or three months. It can be quicker if you are not part of a chain and where the necessary documentation is received quickly.
When a purchase is arranged, the seller’s solicitor will send contract papers to the buyer’s solicitor. This will include a copy of the legal title and property information. The buyer’s solicitor will apply for searches at this point and then go through all of the available details, raising enquiries on certain points as needed.
If you are obtaining a mortgage, your lender will need to send your mortgage offer to your solicitor. Once this is received and your solicitor has satisfactory search results and replies to the questions they asked, then it will be time to exchange contracts.
A deposit, usually of 10%, is paid to the seller’s solicitor on exchange, so you will need to arrange for this to be sent to your solicitor in advance. If you have a related sale, the deposit from that can generally be used.
At Lockings Solicitors, our expert conveyancing solicitors in York represent clients in residential sale and purchase conveyancing as well as in a full range of other property matters.
If you are buying or selling your home and you would like to instruct one of our conveyancing solicitors in York, ring us on 01904 943300, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our contact form and one of our team will call you back promptly for a FREE initial chat.