Service Information

The gov.uk. website currently states that buying or selling a home normally takes 2 to 3 months. The process can take longer if you are part of a chain or perhaps where a leasehold property is involved.

Timeline for Buyers

  • Once you are happy, you will instruct us, provide money on account and deal with required identification.

  • We will send you a purchase questionnaire along with other important documentation to fill in.

  • Upon receipt of the contract pack from the seller's lawyer, we shall instigate relevant searches, raise legal enquiries, approve the contract and send to you a report with the contract to sign.

  • Unless a cash buyer, we shall await receipt of your mortgage offer and then report to you on this with the mortgage deed to sign.

  • We will report to you on the search results as and when received.

  • We will check replies to legal enquiries and ask you to supply deposit funds and discuss exchange and completion.

  • When the chain is ready exchange of contracts can take place setting a fixed completion (moving) date.

  • We will provide you with a financial statement requesting any balance due from you as cleared funds for completion.

  • On the completion (moving) day we shall send purchase monies to the seller's lawyer and on your behalf pay the Stamp Duty Land Tax to the Inland Revenue. 

  • Following completion we shall register your ownership at H M Land Registry and upon receipt we will confirm registration to you.

Timeline for Sellers

  • Once happy you will instruct us, provide money on account and deal with required identification.

  • We will send you a property information form and fixtures, fittings and contents list to complete.

  • We shall apply to H M Land Registry for an official copy of your legal title and boundary plan. 

  • Mortgage redemption statements are ordered and copied to you.

  • If your property is leasehold you will no doubt be asked to pay for the management/leasehold pack that contains important information for your buyer.

  • We will create the sale contract pack and issue this to the buyer's lawyer and will request enquiries to be raised

  • We will also send to you a contract to sign at this stage.

  • We will deal with enquiries raised by the buyer's lawyer.

  • When the chain is ready exchange of contracts can take place setting the fixed completion (moving) date.

  • We shall provide you with a financial statement once any estate agent fee and mortgage redemption are known showing balance proceeds payable to you upon completion.

  • Completion sale monies are received from the buyer's lawyer, we will redeem any mortgage and pay your estate agent.

  • Keys are released.

  • Any balance sale proceeds due are provided to you or transferred to any related purchase.

Complaints Process

We are confident that we will give you a good quality service.  However, if you have concerns or queries about our service please in the first instance, refer them to the person dealing with your matter or otherwise address your concern to Kathryn Heathfield at our office.   

 

Should we be unable to resolve any grievance you may have please note that you may contact the Legal Ombudsman which must be within 6 months of our written full response to your compliant and it must be within 6 years from the date of the original act/omission or within 3 years from when you should have known about the complaint and this includes also your right to contact them at enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk or 03005550333 and their leaflet regarding any steps to be taken is available from ourselves.  If you make a valid claim against us for a loss arising out of work which we are legally responsible, and we are unable to meet our liability in full, you may be entitled to claim from the Compensation Fund administered by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers who are our statutory regulator. A full Complaints Procedure is available upon request.