Take all the stress out of selling your house
We understand that selling a home can be a stressful process, which is why we are here to help you every step of the way. This guide has been put together to show you what happens at each stage and what you can expect generally from start to finish.
Contact us at the earliest opportunity so we can ensure all is in order for when you accept an offer.
We will prepare the contract for the buyer’s solicitors. To do this we will need to obtain the Title Deeds to the property which are normally held by your lender using the existing mortgage number you may have on the property (some will be held at the Land Registry). Please provide us with your mortgage account number. Alternatively if you have no mortgage on the property, the Title Deeds may be held by you at home, by any other solicitor you instructed at the time of your original purchase or at your bank in safe custody. FBC Manby Bowdler have direct access to HM Land Registry and in the majority of cases we are able to obtain a copy of your Title Deeds instantly, thereby avoiding delays in submitting the contract to the buyer’s solicitors.
It will also be necessary for you to complete and return various forms relating to the property and these are known as Protocol Forms. They relate to such things as items you are leaving at the property, boundaries etc.
We will deal with the legal enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitors and assist you with replying to enquiries which they may make. The buyer’s solicitors will also make appropriate searches.
The contract is the agreement to buy and sell the property. There are two copies of the contract, one is signed by you and the other by the buyer. Exchange of contracts takes place between solicitors usually by telephone using a formula adopted by the Law Society. Once the contracts have been exchanged there is a legally binding agreement between you and the buyer. On exchange of contracts a completion date is agreed. This is the date when ownership of the property will pass to the new owner and you must leave your present property and allow your buyer to move in. A deposit is paid by the buyer on exchange of contracts and this is usually 10% of the agreed sale price. If you also have a purchase we will usually be able to use any deposit received on the sale as deposit for your purchase. There is usually a gap between exchange of contracts and completion, which can be anything from a couple of days to a few weeks depending on the requirements of all parties. Sometimes exchange of contracts and completion can happen on the same day, although this is not always practical when a chain of transactions is involved as parties will need time to book removal companies, contact utility companies and PACK!
This is moving day! You will need to leave the property by the agreed time and hand your keys to the estate agent dealing with the sale. As soon as we have received the buyer’s monies we will let you know that the sale has completed and we will arrange for keys to be released via the estate agents.
Working With Our Service Team
Our diverse and innovative team will work in partnership with you and the wider professional community to add value, simplify the legal process and mitigate risks. You can rest assured you’re working with property experts who work tirelessly on your behalf and keep you updated every step of the way.
- Hayley Griffiths
If you have an enquiry in relation to Residential Property or simply want to speak to a member of our expert team, please get in touch.
Meet Your Lawyers
Charlotte and her team did a great job of getting the sale completed, dealing with some other solicitors in the chain that appeared to be brain dead and uninterested. She kept me updated and chased things as needed on time. I felt she went above and beyond working on her day off because there was a chance the parties would exchange contracts that day. Very helpful and efficient. Many thanks to Charlotte and Claire. Great service.
Excellent conveyancing service from Adam and his team. Our sale was completed by our target date, despite complications, and that was solely down to the expertise and persistence of Adam. Easy to talk to, responsive, proactive and kept us informed. First class. Worth every penny.
We have recently used Charlotte Malik for 3 conveyancing transactions.
The fact we have come back to her time and again should be testament enough to our experience with her but our final transaction proved to be challenging and we would like to highlight her professionalism, excellent client service and integrity, particularly in the face of huge pressure from other parties in the chain. Charlotte remained calm, friendly and progressed our matters quickly and efficiently. She is responsive and proactive. We are very grateful for her help.
Having experienced the other conveyancing solicitors in the chains we have been involved in, it is clear Charlotte is head and shoulders above them. Special mention also to Beverly Taylor who has also been excellent on our transactions, and also very proactive and responsive.