Conveyancing Solicitors
HomeBuyers Report

Instruct Your Solicitor

The first thing you need to get back to your solicitor by return is your Purchase Questionnaire and your proof of ID and address. After this your solicitor needs the following from you and the seller in order to complete their title check:

  • Property Searches
  • Mortgage Offer (if applicable)
  • Property Survey (if applicable)
  • Contracts from seller
  • Leasehold Management Pack (if leasehold)
The average time to complete the whole process depends on the chain. Some new builds need to be completed in 28 days, whereas some leasehold purchases can take up to 12 weeks. Unless there are specific factors you should estimate 6 to 8 weeks for a standard freehold or 8 to 12 weeks for a leasehold, however these may vary faster or slower depending on the chain (remember your solicitor is only one part of the chain).


What do you need to do?

You should instruct your solicitor straight after getting your offer accepted because it speeds up the process and also demonstrates you are a committed buyer. This is also the reason you should book in a mortgage survey and book your Property Searches quickly too (these are stages 2 and 3 in the Conveyancing Process).