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Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring ownership when you’re buying or selling property. You’ll need the expert help of a licensed conveyancer or conveyancing solicitor to deal with the conveyancing process, which will begin once an offer has been accepted.
Your conveyancer will be responsible for organising conveyancing searches, liaising with the buyer/seller’s solicitor, exchanging contracts, transferring ownership with Land Registry and paying Stamp Duty on your behalf.
It’s almost impossible to attempt conveyancing without the help of a professional solicitor as it's such a complicated but crucial process. They have experience and expertise in dealing with the legal aspect of buying and selling property to ensure a smooth process.
To learn more, read What is Conveyancing.
In 2021, the average conveyancing fees in the UK are £1,040 for buying and £1,000 for selling. Solicitor’s fees are generally fixed or are relative to your house price, but they will vary depending on your conveyancer, your property value and if the property is freehold or leasehold.
Your conveyancing costs will be made up of the solicitor’s legal fee and conveyancing disbursements. Disbursements are third party costs such as conveyancing searches, which your solicitor will pay on your behalf.
Conveyancing fees for selling a house will be cheaper than buying as you don’t require the conveyancing searches. To ensure you get the best price for your conveyancing costs, it’s vital to compare conveyancing quotes with us.
To learn more, read How Much Are Conveyancing Fees.
You should only ever hire a licensed conveyancer or conveyancing solicitor that’s regulated by the following regulatory bodies:
It’s also important to check the conveyancer’s reviews beforehand. When you get matched with up to 5 of our verified conveyancers, you can read their reviews from real customers before you make your decision.
Many people will hire a conveyancer based on a recommendation from family or friends. You should still check their reviews and compare quotes from a range of conveyancers to see if there’s a better deal out there.
To learn more, read Finding the Right Conveyancer or Solicitor.
The conveyancing process usually takes 8-12 weeks, but can take longer if you encounter any delays. If you’re not part of a property chain or are a cash buyer, then the process will be much quicker.
Waiting for conveyancing searches and property survey results take up the bulk of the process, but it’s your conveyancer’s responsibility to keep the process moving. They will liaise with your mortgage lender and other parties to minimise disruption.
To ensure a smooth conveyancing process, you should ensure you’re prepared to hire a conveyancer once your offer has been accepted and have your deposit and documents in place to avoid delays.
To learn more, read How Long Does Conveyancing Take.
Your conveyancer will order searches at the beginning of the conveyancing process. These include Local Authority Search, Environmental Search and Water and Drainage Search.
The searches will explore the local area surrounding the property to reveal if there's anything concerning that could affect the value of the property or the environment. Searches typically reveal any risk of flooding, ground stability concerns, high presence of radon gas and any contaminated land issues.
To learn more, read What Are Conveyancing Searches.
UK Flood Risk
There are around 5.2 million properties in England that are at risk of flooding, according to the government website. Roughly 140,000 properties in Wales are thought to be at risk from flooding by rivers or the sea, 284,000 in Scotland and 45,000 in Northern Ireland.
Regionally, London has the largest risk from flooding in the UK. In the Greater London area, there are 542,000 properties, approximately 1 million people, living in the floodplain.
Your conveyancing searches will reveal if the property you’re buying and the surrounding area is at risk of flooding. Your conveyancer can also order further Flood Risk searches for peace of mind.
A huge 75% of UK ground subsidence cases is a result of soil shrinkage. The South East of England is the area that’s most affected by subsidence as a lot of the area was build on clay soil.
Large cities like London, Birmingham and Manchester suffer the most from ground stability concerns, due to pressure and increased weight from large buildings packed in over a small area.
The majority of properties in Greater London were built on London Clay, the most shrinkable soil type, making London one of the worst areas in the UK for subsidence. Rest assured, your conveyancing solicitor will order searches on the local area to reveal any risk of subsidence.
Radon Gas Levels in the UK
Radon gas is a colourless and odourless gas present throughout the UK, but mainly in low levels. The South West of England and Wales are most at risk of high radon levels, according to Public Health England.
Areas such as Cumbria, Newcastle, and Northumberland are at risk of radon gas as well as some areas in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Radon gas is natural, but large amounts of it can be harmful.
Your solicitor will let you know if the conveyancing searches reveal anything about the area or property having a high risk of radon gas.
There is an estimated 50,000 to 300,000 hectares of contaminated land across 100,000 sites in the UK. Contaminated land is typically found in areas that used to be used for factories, mines, steelworks and landfills and can pose a threat to yourself and the environment.
Your conveyancing searches will reveal if there’s any contaminated land on or near the property you plan to buy. The environmental search will highlight the land’s previous use, and most of the time, there is no cause for concern.
If the report reveals a significant risk of contaminated land, then your solicitor will offer further advice and order further searches.
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