Conveyancing Process

Conveyancing Process Timeline for Buying a House

We've broken down the conveyancing process step by step, with videos, links to useful articles and an interactive to-do list. SAM Clients can also download their conveyancing searches and legal documents. Use our free service so you can stay on top of all your jobs and know what your solicitor, surveyor and estate agent should be doing.

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Conveyancing Process Step by Step - Instruct Solicitor
STEP 1

Instruct your solicitor

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Conveyancing Process Step by Step - Mortgage and Deposit
STEP 2

Mortgage and deposit

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Conveyancing Process Step by Step - House Survey
STEP 3

House survey

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Conveyancing Process Step by Step - Conveyancing Searches
STEP 4

Conveyancing searches

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Conveyancing Process Step by Step - Contracts and Enquiries
STEP 5

Contracts and enquiries

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Conveyancing Process Step by Step - Exchange of Contracts
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Exchange of contracts

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Conveyancing Process Step by Step - Completion Day
STEP 7

Completion

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Post Completion Conveyancing at SAM Conveyancing
STEP 8

Post completion

Congratulations on buying your home! Now all that's left is to unpack, change addresses, pay stamp duty and register you as the new owner.

What are the steps in the conveyancing process?

The conveyancing process for buying a house is as follows:

  1. Instruct Your Solicitor
  2. Mortgage and deposit
  3. HomeBuyer Survey
  4. Conveyancing Searches
  5. Contracts and enquiries
  6. Exchange of contracts
  7. Completion
  8. Post completion


Are the conveyancing steps different for leaseholds?

When buying a leasehold, a flat or a house with a lease, the stages of conveyancing will always take longer because of:

  • Leasehold Management Pack - the seller needs to order and pay for a Leasehold Management Pack. From the release of sales memo by the agent to getting the pack, it can take anywhere from 3 to 7 weeks.
  • Lease - you are buying a lease, which means this needs reviewing alongside the freehold title. This means more solicitor time reviewing and raising legal enquiries.

Read more about Freehold versus Leasehold.


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