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Spring into your new home!

Spring is upon us and, by no coincidence, it’s the most popular time for buying and selling residential property.

Although often named as one of the most stressful life events, finding your perfect home doesn’t have to rain on your parade. With the right conveyancing support, you can maintain your sunny outlook and reduce the time and cost associated with buying your new home.

Why is conveyancing important?

Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring property ownership from one person to another and forms a crucial step in buying a new home.

It ensures that you legally own the title to the land or property, along with all the rights of use and occupation that come with it.

The process involves a number of checks and searches, as well as completing the appropriate documentation to confirm the seller’s right to transfer the property to you.

Additionally, conveyancing helps to identify any factors that might affect your free use and enjoyment of the property.

Senior Conveyancing Executive, Louise Brough, explains the need for a great conveyancing service: “Without proper conveyancing, you risk encountering legal issues, such as disputes over property boundaries or problems with planning permissions, which could affect your ability to use or resell the property in the future.

“Ultimately, in ensuring your right to ownership and use of a property and its land, conveyancing provides you with peace of mind and a painless buying process for one of the most significant investments you will ever make.”

Ensuring compliance

Despite being a common occurrence, buying a house can be a legally complex process that requires substantial expertise in order to avoid delays.

Conveyancing experts ensure that all legal requirements are met, from conducting thorough searches and enquiries to drafting and reviewing contracts.

This expertise helps in identifying and addressing any potential legal issues early in the process, thus preventing future disputes.

Risk reduction

Conveyancing involves carrying out detailed searches to uncover any risks associated with the property, such as planning restrictions, flood risks, or financial liabilities. These may include:

  • Land Registry checks: To confirm the seller’s ownership of the property and identify any legal restrictions or rights over the property.
  • Local authority searches: These reveal planning permissions, building control history, and any local land charges that may impact the property, as well as any plans by local councils.
  • Environmental searches: To identify any environmental risks such as flooding, land contamination, or subsidence that could affect the property.
  • Water authority searches: To find out how water and sewage services are provided to the property and whether any public drains on the property might affect building works or extensions.
  • Title plan and register: These documents provide a detailed description of the property’s boundaries, rights of way, covenants, and other important details related to the property’s ownership.

By identifying any risks early, you can keep a spring in your step and avoid the significant costs and delays which can come with extensive repairs or ownership disputes.

Process management

Louise also emphasises the administrative value of a conveyancing expert: “A conveyancer can help to set expectations in terms of timelines for each stage and the overall buying process, to help you plan effectively.

“We can manage the process on your behalf and oversee the administration of the sale.

“This includes coordinating with various parties involved, such as estate agents, mortgage lenders, and other solicitors, to keep the transaction moving forward without unnecessary delays.”

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Louise Brough

Senior Conveyancing Executive

With more than 20 years’ experience in conveyancing, I began my career working in-house for a mortgage lender in repossession sales, before moving into private practice in 2000, acting on behalf of developers, landlords and private clients.

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