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Residential Property Conveyancing Solicitors Shrewsbury, Hereford, Telford, Ludlow, Oswestry & Conwy

 

They say that moving house is one of life’s most stressful experiences, so our residential property team’s main priority is to take some of that stress away.

The Residential Conveyancing Solicitors at Lanyon Bowdler are friendly and approachable, and can provide specialist legal support whether you are selling, buying, mortgaging or remortgaging.

Herefordshire & Shropshire's Leading Conveyancing Solicitors

As well as being easy to talk to, our conveyancing lawyers are experts in their field and members of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality scheme.

The team can guide you through the complex process of conveyancing, keeping you up to date from start to finish - from the contract for purchase and your mortgage documents, to dealing with the estate agent, lender, insurers and mortgage broker.

If you are purchasing a buy-to-let property, we can prepare tenancy agreements or trust deeds if you are buying with another person.

The specialist solicitors here at Lanyon Bowdler perform hundreds of conveyances each year across the whole spectrum of properties and in different parts of the country. We have an excellent, in-depth knowledge of the property market, so you can be assured you are in safe hands.

Lanyon Bowdler is a forward-thinking law firm and was one of the first to introduce fixed fee pricing options, along with service level guarantees.

What is conveyancing?

Residential property conveyancing is the name given to all the legal and administrative work involved with transferring ownership of a building or plot of land from one owner to another.

The three main stages involved with buying or selling a property are as follows.

Agreeing the sale

The first steps in residential conveyancing are to properly verify the identities of the buyers and sellers, check who actually owns the property and make sure the sellers are indeed legally able to sell, and to check what debts, if any, are held against the property.

To achieve these three vital things, we’ll first request three forms of ID from both parties. Next, we’ll obtain a copy of the title deed from the seller or from the mortgage lender and get up to date title information from the Land Registry. Finally, we’ll determine the amount of any outstanding mortgage on the property.
 
Once those factors have been addressed, the next step is to determine exactly what the property is and what’s inside it.

If you are the seller, the Conveyancing Solicitor will ask you to complete a property information form detailing information about the fixtures, fittings and contents of the property. You’ll also be asked a whole host of questions about every aspect of the property including:

  • Any disputes with your neighbours
  • Ownership of and responsibility for boundary features
  • Proposals to develop land or property nearby
  • Guarantees for any work you’ve had done including planning and building consents
  • Insurance cover
  • Environmental matters such as flood risk or Japanese knotweed
  • Drainage, access and parking
  • Central heating systems
  • Electrical wiring
  • Utility provider’s details

The timescales here depend on how well organised the seller is, and how many queries are raised by the buyer. It is common for sellers to need time to gather all the necessary documentation, especially if they have lived in the property for a long time.

If you are the buyer, you’ll need to check the property information forms carefully to make sure you are happy with the details provided. We will discuss any queries you may have with the seller on your behalf.

Once all the details have been declared and discussed, the contract of sale will be drawn up and a provisional completion date will be agreed. The final completion date will not be fixed until contracts are exchanged.

At this stage, the Conveyancing Solicitor working on behalf of the buyer will also carry out various searches on the property including:

  • Drainage Searches
  • Local Authority Searches
  • Bankruptcy Searches
  • Environmental Searches
  • Chancel Check Searches

This is to help verify and confirm the information provided by the seller, plus they are a legal requirement if the property is being bought with a mortgage. 

It’s also at this stage that a buyer would have a survey carried out on the property.

Exchange of contracts

Once all the searches have been completed and any outstanding issues have been resolved, contracts can be exchanged. However, if the buyer is using a mortgage, the solicitors will need to see a copy of the mortgage offer in writing first. 

On exchange of contracts, the buyer will transfer a deposit to the seller’s solicitor which is usually 10% of the purchase price. 

The Conveyancing Solicitor working on behalf of the buyer will carry out additional searches at the Land Registry to make sure all mortgages or other charges on the property are known about, and to prevent the seller registering any new financial charges on the property between exchange and completion.

Signed contracts are exchanged between both parties and everyone is now legally committed to the sale.

Completion of sale

The buyer must provide their solicitor with the funds to cover all taxes, legal costs and the balance of the purchase price at least one day before the agreed completion date, to ensure funds are cleared in time and there are no delays.

The seller’s Conveyancing Solicitor will pay off the mortgage, settle the estate agent’s fees, legal costs and any other costs incurred as part of the sale. Any money left over will be transferred to a bank account in the seller’s name. The deeds will now be sent to the buyer’s solicitor so they can be registered as the new owner and remove any reference to the seller along with details of their mortgage if there had been one.

Your Conveyancing Solicitor will guide you through the entire process step by step staying in regular contact to ensure you know what is happening and what you’ll be required to do next. The specialist Conveyancing Solicitors at Lanyon Bowdler have vast experience carrying out residential property conveyancing, so you’ll be in safe hands no matter what your situation is.

What documents do I need to sell my property?

When you are selling your property there are various documents you will need to gather so that your Conveyancing Solicitor can pass them on to the buyer’s solicitor and the buyer themselves.

This list briefly outlines much of what is required, but we’ll be there to support and advise you at every step of the way. We are always available to answer any questions you might have, and to offer solutions to any issues which may arise.

As the seller of a property, you will need to provide:

Proof of Identity and Proof of Address

Proof of identity is required to satisfy anti-money laundering laws. You will be asked for at least three forms of ID including one photo ID such as a driving licence or passport, and two documents proving your address such as a bank statement or utility bill.

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

An energy performance certificate must be included in the documentation for the sale of a property by law. Your estate agent may be able to arrange this for you but it’s just as easy, and probably cheaper, to arrange it yourself.

Management Pack

If the property is leasehold, you will need to provide details of the leaseholder including ground rent charges and the statement of payments.

Fittings and Contents Form (TA10)

You will need to complete this form to list everything that will be left in the property when you leave. It tells the buyer exactly what is included in the sale of the property from curtain rails and radiators to kitchen and bathroom appliances.  Download a sample of the fittings and contents form

Property Information Form (TA6)

This form provides the buyer with all the information they need in order to make an informed decision about buying the property. The answers are legally binding so it’s important to complete this form accurately. The information on this form is quite detailed covering everything to do with the property, including the council tax band, utility suppliers, any disputes with neighbours, boundaries, safety certificates, guarantees and warranties, building works certificates and planning permission for any work carried out. Download a sample of the property information form

Mortgage Details

If there is a mortgage on the property you will need to provide the lender’s details so that the Conveyancing Solicitor can work out the balance to be paid on completion day

FENSA Certificate for Windows and Doors

If your windows and doors have been replaced since 2002 you’ll be asked to provide a FENSA certificate. This certificate proves the installers were competent to carry out work which complies with building regulations. FENSA installers will issue a certificate to the property owner and register the installation with the local authority. If you have lost the certificate a copy can be obtained from www.fensa.org.uk/fensa-certificate for a small fee. If you don’t have the FENSE certificate for any reason, there are several solutions available. Your Conveyancing Solicitor will be able to advise you.

Gas Safe Certificate for the Boiler

If you have replaced the boiler a CORGI or gas safe certificate should be provided. It is not a legal requirement to do so but it may slow down the sales process if the buyer requests something you cannot provide. It’s always a good idea to keep records of major installations and safety certificates.

Electrical Certificates

If you’ve had any electrical work done or rewiring, you will need to provide a certificate showing it meets building regulations. If the work was carried out by a registered electrician, they should have provided you with an Electrical Installation Certificate and a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate. If you do not have these for any reason, your solicitor will help you identify an indemnity insurance policy as a solution to this problem.

Alterations and Extension Documents

If you have built an extension, added a conservatory or decking, or significantly changed the interior of your property you will need to provide evidence of the required planning permission and building regulation approval for the work.

Not all work requires planning permission, but you should definitely check with your local authority before you do anything of this nature.

Our Charges

The SRA requires us to give indicative prices for limited types of work, this includes residential property services. For more information please click here.

Contact Lanyon Bowdler's Property Lawyers

Please give us a call for a friendly chat about how we can help support your property needs, whether you're buying, selling, moving home, remortgaging or considering equity release. Our Conveyancing Solicitors work to the highest standards and know the local marketplace inside out. 

There is no commitment or charge for our initial assessment, so please contact a member of the team or complete our online enquiry form on the right hand side of this page. 

By choosing Lanyon Bowdler for legal advice regarding your property needs or for our conveyancing services, you can rest assured that you have the best legal expertise on hand to ensure a smooth property transaction. We are committed to providing exceptional levels of client care and will work closely with you and other parties (estate agents, mortgage providers, leaseholders) to make things go at the pace you need, but also to ensure your rights are 100% protected and catered for at all times. 

We have offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Conwy, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry and Telford, so are able to act for clients all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and across the Midlands (including Wolverhampton & Birmingham). As a leading regional  full-service law firm, we can represent you wherever you live in England, Wales & Northern Ireland.

Talk to our property specialist solicitors today.

 

Testimonials

The welcome at reception and the relaxed atmosphere when discussing things with the person handling the sale of my property.

- Mr W Ward, Oswestry

Excellent, friendly, positive and extremely helpful. Nothing too much trouble - a job well done.

- Mrs P Moore, Mrs S Price

We had complete trust and confidence that our best interests were being looked after at all times. A quality service provided by them.

- Mr D Meredith & Mrs E Meredith, Shrewsbury

Patient, knowledgeable and extremely professional

- Ms Groucott, Telford

She was supportive and very helpful - will be recommending to others who need a similar service.

- Mrs E Sumner, Telford

I had requested information and advice from various other solicitors prior to calling Lanyon Bowdler and found that she was the only one to take the time and explain how the Help to Buy ISA worked.

- Mr M Shaw & Miss G Frankfort, Market Drayton

All staff were polite, efficient and professional. Advice was clear and informative. I like the fact that everyone explained legalities with clarity.

- Mrs L Draycott, Oswestry

I was competely satisfied with all aspects of the service.

- Mr S Taylor, Telford

The use of clear modern language and presentation with legal jargon kept to a minimum where possible.

- Mr P King & Mrs D King, Prestigne

Using Lanyon Bowdler twice for two separate issues being completely different. Both were dealt with complete efficient manner, my questions were always answered with honesty and explaination.

- Mr G Martin & Mrs L Rees, Bromsgrove

She and her team were amazing and without fault during our house purchase. I couldn't imagine us using anyone else in the future. The team will be easy to recommend.

- Mr Roberts, Shrewsbury

Efficient and hassle free, thanks so much.

- Mrs J Moller, Oswestry

The staff made me feel valued and always took the time to listen to my concerns

- Ms Castell, Shrewsbury

Detailed and up to date knowledge of our case throughout the whole process.

- Mr P Hill & Dr L Hill, Lincoln

When the lawyer handling my case was not available, his assistant handled the situation very well and kept us informed through to completion.

- Mr P Joyner & Mrs J Joyner, Bromyard

Knowledge of all issues regarding house purchase. Used you before four years ago and you're still performing to a high standard.

- Mrs J Ward & Dr J Jenkins, Shrewsbury

Being able to speak to someone when I needed to and how easy they made things for me.

- Mr J Longmore, Ludlow

Direct line to acting solicitor.

- Mr H Williamson, Llansantffrraid

A very personal service with kind helpful start.

- Dr S Robertson, London

He was always calm, efficient, prompt and helpful.

- Rev M Thomas & Prof K Thomas, Oxfordshire

Very polite, easy to talk to and were always there when I needed answers.

- Mr M Wood, Hereford

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Knowledge of all issues regarding house purchase. Used you before four years ago and you're still performing to a high standard.

- Mrs J Ward & Dr J Jenkins, Shrewsbury

Efficient and hassle free, thanks so much.

- Mrs J Moller, Oswestry

Direct line to acting solicitor.

- Mr H Williamson, Llansantffrraid

Detailed and up to date knowledge of our case throughout the whole process.

- Mr P Hill & Dr L Hill, Lincoln

I had requested information and advice from various other solicitors prior to calling Lanyon Bowdler and found that she was the only one to take the time and explain how the Help to Buy ISA worked.

- Mr M Shaw & Miss G Frankfort, Market Drayton

The use of clear modern language and presentation with legal jargon kept to a minimum where possible.

- Mr P King & Mrs D King, Prestigne

Excellent, friendly, positive and extremely helpful. Nothing too much trouble - a job well done.

- Mrs P Moore, Mrs S Price

She was supportive and very helpful - will be recommending to others who need a similar service.

- Mrs E Sumner, Telford

The staff made me feel valued and always took the time to listen to my concerns

- Ms Castell, Shrewsbury

We had complete trust and confidence that our best interests were being looked after at all times. A quality service provided by them.

- Mr D Meredith & Mrs E Meredith, Shrewsbury

He was always calm, efficient, prompt and helpful.

- Rev M Thomas & Prof K Thomas, Oxfordshire

The welcome at reception and the relaxed atmosphere when discussing things with the person handling the sale of my property.

- Mr W Ward, Oswestry

I was competely satisfied with all aspects of the service.

- Mr S Taylor, Telford

All staff were polite, efficient and professional. Advice was clear and informative. I like the fact that everyone explained legalities with clarity.

- Mrs L Draycott, Oswestry

Patient, knowledgeable and extremely professional

- Ms Groucott, Telford

A very personal service with kind helpful start.

- Dr S Robertson, London

Using Lanyon Bowdler twice for two separate issues being completely different. Both were dealt with complete efficient manner, my questions were always answered with honesty and explaination.

- Mr G Martin & Mrs L Rees, Bromsgrove

Very polite, easy to talk to and were always there when I needed answers.

- Mr M Wood, Hereford

Being able to speak to someone when I needed to and how easy they made things for me.

- Mr J Longmore, Ludlow

When the lawyer handling my case was not available, his assistant handled the situation very well and kept us informed through to completion.

- Mr P Joyner & Mrs J Joyner, Bromyard

She and her team were amazing and without fault during our house purchase. I couldn't imagine us using anyone else in the future. The team will be easy to recommend.

- Mr Roberts, Shrewsbury