Buying your home

The Grant Saw conveyancing team will be delighted to act for you in your house or flat purchase. We will guide you step by step, through the entire process smoothly and promptly to completion.

Buying your home is usually the most expensive undertaking that each of us will undertake in our lives.  It is therefore important that you instruct a competent and experienced firm of solicitors to act for you in order to ensure that you are provided with all the relevant necessary information to enable you to make informed decisions in relation to your property.

Why would someone require this service?

To assist in the purchase of residential property, whether that be a house, flat or apartment.

How does the process work?

The first step is to agree on the purchase price. The next step will be to instruct solicitors to act on your behalf. You will need to tell the estate agents which firm of solicitors you are instructing once the purchase price has been agreed. We will be delighted to act for you!

Once instructed we will correspond with the seller’s solicitors. We will ask to see certain documentation on your behalf, including the following:-

  • Property forms – this will inform us of the property’s boundaries, what warranties and guarantees will be provided and whether there are any current disputes concerning the property.
  • The title document – this is proof of the seller’s ownership of the property. It will provide details of any restrictions which affect the property. It will also provide a site plan showing the extent of the property you are buying.
  • Fixtures and contents form – this refers to what “fittings” will be included in the sale price. “Fittings” are items which are attached to the property (either inside or outside) such as shrubbery planted in the garden or a fireplace fixed to a wall.

We will also raise various enquiries regarding the property with the seller’s solicitors and report to you on the replies we receive. In addition we will undertake relevant searches of the property and again report to you on our findings.

Upon satisfactory responses being received from our searches and enquiries and assuming there is no further investigation required, we will be in a position to proceed to preparing for exchange of contracts for the purchase of your home. On exchange of contracts, the date for completion (i.e. the date you purchase your home) will be agreed with the seller’s solicitors.

Prior to exchange of contracts you can still, for whatever reason, decide not to proceed on the purchase. If you choose not to proceed then your costs will be limited to those legal costs incurred at that time as well as any other costs you may have paid in relation to the proposed purchase, such as survey fees.

Please note that once contracts are exchanged, if you fail to complete the purchase the contract will be breached and you will be liable to forfeit the deposit you paid on exchange of contracts (normally 10% of the purchase price of the property). There may well be other substantial damages payable in addition.

For further general information regarding the sale and purchase process of residential properties please see our general guidance notes.

How long is the legal process when buying a house?

On average it will take between 4 to 6 weeks to complete the purchase of freehold property. For leasehold properties the purchase will take slightly longer, normally 6 to 8 weeks.

We are able to offer a quick turnaround service if required.

Is it expensive?

We will charge a fixed fee for our service (subject to our Terms & Conditions). The fee payable will depend upon the purchase price of the property, whether the property is freehold or leasehold and whether a mortgage is being obtained. Please telephone or email us for a no obligation quotation.

Why are Grant Saw the best people for the job?

The conveyancing team at Grant Saw pride themselves on being friendly and professional. We are committed to offering a consistently excellent service to each of our clients.

Buying your home tips

  • When you are purchasing any type of property, whether freehold or leasehold, be sure to arrange for a safety and maintenance check of all utilities and services supplied to that property
  • If you are buying freehold property it is also advisable to have the drainage system checked at this time too

Buying your home myth busting

Not all solicitors offer the same service. We believe we are different. One example is the fact that you will be allocated an experienced member of our conveyancing team upon instructing us. That same person will act for you all the way through to completion of your purchase.  This will mean that your solicitor will acquire a good knowledge of the property you are buying and your own particular circumstances. We will be able to provide you with specific advice and assistance based on such knowledge.

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