When you are selling what is likely to be your most valuable asset, you should entrust the legal work to professionals that you feel confident with.
We will be clear with you from the very first contact, we further offer to sort and sift through any papers you have relating to your home, to assist us in preparing a full contract for your proposed buyers lawyers. Take advantage of our expertise and knowledge in this respect.
Once they have had a chance to look at what we have provided, they will most likely ask further questions – we will work together as a team to resolve them as quickly as possible. The sooner they are happy with these, the sooner they’ll enable your buyer to buy your property!
Once they have secured their funding on your home and are happy with all of the legal aspects, we will arrange for you to sign a contract. At about this time, there will be talk of a moving date, this will of course be agreed with you and all others in the chain. Once this is agreed, we will exchange the contract, secure the sale and prepare for your completion. Then, we can start to think about your sale proceeds!
Your Selling Questions Answered
Listed below are a few of the most commonly asked questions we received from our Clients. If your question isn’t answered below then please feel free to call us or use our contact form.
Q: How long will the transaction take?
Our experience tells us that generally, we can reach completion in 6/8 weeks from the point you accept your buyers offer. However, this does depend on the buyers funding arrangements, sensible Lawyer co-operation and the length of your chain.
Q: I am just putting my house on the market, when do I instruct a solicitor?
We really do find that the earlier you appoint a Lawyer, the better for you and it does speed the process up considerably. There is the form filling, the gathering together of any supporting paperwork you might have, guarantees, planning documents etc and this can be done whilst your agent is marketing your home. We will not charge you a penny for helping you collate what you’ll need for the sale.
Q: I have accepted an offer on my property, what do I do next?
Assuming you haven’t already instructed a Lawyer, then you need to now! The form filling exercise referred to earlier now needs to be undertaken.
Q: I am selling a leasehold property, are there any complications involved with this?
Yes! Your flat or maisonette has different legal elements that need to be addressed, to include contacting your freeholder or managing agent. The lease itself can be an issue depending on its format, when it was first granted and how many years are left unexpired. Leasehold sales do take longer to conclude, principally as we have to rely on 3rd parties to provide us and you with information on the flat, the block it’s in and ongoing management detail.
Q: Will an individual be handling my case or a team of people?
Your file will be handled by Tom Ingleton or Vicky Sturman and assisted by Mike and Monique. Although we work together closely as your Team, we are not a large factory type of organisation and we pride ourselves on ensuring that we all know what stage your case has reached and what is happening, generally.
Q: What happens if I lose my buyer? Will I be charged for the extra work?
Once you have instructed us to act for you and after the initial form stage, we will actively work on your file and clearly, time will be spent, which does need to be accounted for in the event your buyer withdraws. But you can take our optional Fee Protection which for a modest sum of £85 + vat, will ensure you do not pay any legal fees at all, regardless of the stage your case has reached. Just tell us when instructing, that you want to take the policy.
Q: When do I pay you and the estate agent?
Your agents fees are usually due at contract exchange but deferred until completion. We can look at your agreement with them, if you are unsure. We will need an upfront payment of just £50 to cover file opening and land registry fees and if you want our Fee Protection Guarantee, we’ll collect that from you then.