First Time Buyer Conveyancing Solicitors


You have found your home, now it’s time for the legal bit. Our expert residential property solicitors are here to make this process as smooth as possible, and are on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Take a look at some common queries below:

What are searches and surveys and do I need them?

Searches provide information in relation to the property such as its planning history, the status of the road and whether the property is connected to the mains water supply.  Surveys check on the condition of the property. Searches and having a survey can be important and if you are obtaining a mortgage this will normally be a lender requirement in any event.

    What is the process for buying a home?

    After you have made an offer on your property it is time to instruct a conveyancer. Always look carefully at the firm you appoint.

    Next arrange your mortgage and your survey.

    Then put the conveyancer in fund for searches.

    A decent solicitor will then take you through the process reporting to you on the property and searches and once you and the solicitor are happy to proceed, you will look to exchange (this is when your are contracted to buy the property) and the completion date will be fixed. Ahead of the exchange you should check the completion date is suitable having in mind such matters as removals, availability of funds and work commitments. 

    Download our buying guide here for more detail on the process.

    Download buying guide

    What sort of things need to be budgeted for?

    We recommend before agreeing the purchase you factor in the associated costs with the purchase such as the stamp duty land tax, the disbursements, legal fees and cost of removals.

    What do I need to be aware of as a first time buyer?

    Choose legal representation that has been genuinely recommended and where you feel comfortable the conveyancer will be available to you to take you through the process. Check with friends and family and look at reviews.

    What can I do to make the process run smoothly?

    It is important to be organised so make sure you liaise with your conveyancer, financial advisor and others involved in the process (as appropriate).

    How can we make this process easier for you?

    The house buying process will always be much easier if you choose and independent and approachable firm. We are always at the end of a phone call or email should you need to contact us. We know it can be stressful when you want an update on the process, but we endeavor to reply to every query straight away to give you that peace of mind you need, get you through to completion and moved into your new home as quickly as possible.

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    Jemmar Attfield, Commercial

    We would like to thank you and your team so much for all the help and advice we received and for acting in a courteous and professional manner at all times. Thank you also Lee for patiently addressing all the issues we raised and for explaining everything to us so clearly, sometimes repeatedly, until you were satisfied we fully understood the more complex issues with our Wills; you personally, were highly recommended to us by one of your grateful clients. Likewise, we too would not hesitate to highly recommend you to anybody planning to make a Will.

    Lee Hibell, Private Client
    I cannot praise you and your team enough for the professional way you handled my situation, you have been so kind and reassuring in what has been a very emotional and distressing time.
    Melanie Steeples, Family

    I must say her handling of the transaction was first rate and very professional. Always available and she was never afraid to pick up the phone and share information when it was better to communicate that way rather than just email, a blessing in this day and age. Though both parties were keen for a quick exchange she never allowed that pressure to mean she cut any corners with her enquiries and was always working in my best interests.

    I will be more than happy to work with her again in the future and will certainly recommend her to friends and associates who require similar services.

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