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Conveyancing Process – Selling

The conveyancing process involved in both buying a house and selling a house can be complex and very time-consuming. If you haven’t already, it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the steps involved, so that you know what to expect to happen and when.

To make it easier to digest we have split the process involved in conveyancing into small handy steps, so hopefully after reading, everything should be crystal clear.

Edward Hands and Lewis Conveyancing Process Selling

Conveyancing process for selling a house

Step 1 – Initial instructions from you (start)

The steps involved in the conveyancing process of selling a house differ slightly from buying. Firstly, we will have a conversation with you about the sale and note down all the necessary details. This will allow us to start the process. We will then ask you to complete initial paperwork, provide us with your form of identity and request you send us the funds for any office copy entries. Within the initial paperwork, there will be some protocol forms which will ask detailed questions about the house you are selling.

Step 2 – Contact with your mortgage lender

We will apply for your current title deeds to the property from your mortgage lender and request a statement showing how much is left to repay.

Step 3 – Obtain documents from the Land Registry

Copies of the up to date electronic deeds, also known as official copies, will then be obtained by us from the Land Registry, which will cost you around £12.00.

Step 4 – Preparation of draft contract

Step four of the conveyancing process is preparing the draft contract for the sale of your house and send them to the buyer’s solicitors along with the official copies, protocol forms and all copies of all relevant documents. It typically takes up to a week for the buyer’s solicitor to read through and check the contract paperwork.

Step 5 – Enquiries raised by buyer’s solicitor

The buyer’s solicitor will then need some time to carry out any searches requested by the buyer and review the paperwork sent by us. In the event that they have any questions about the property or paperwork, they will get in contact with us and we may need to refer to you so that we can answer their questions.

Step 6 – Agree on a completion date

Once the buyer’s solicitor is happy with the responses to enquiries, at this stage of the conveyancing process, a date can be arranged for signing the paperwork and completion, which is agreed by all parties involved with the transaction.  After this, the buyer will transfer the deposit (usually 10%) to their solicitor, which is the cue for us to prepare for the exchange of contracts.

Step 7 – Exchange of contracts

When the exchange of contacts happens the transaction and completion date becomes legally binding. The deposit will then be transferred to us by the buyer’s solicitor and then we will request a final redemption statement from your lender.

Step 8 – Conveyancing process for selling a house (finish)

The conveyancing process is complete on ‘moving day’ and when we have received the full balance of the sale price from the buyer’s solicitor. You are required to leave the keys with the estate agent, who will only release them to the buyer when the funds have been received.  Your existing mortgage will be repaid and all fees from the sale proceeds will be settled; the remaining balance will then be sent to you.

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Other topics related to the conveyancing process:

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Selling a house

Conveyancing process – buying

Right to buy

Unregistered properties

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