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Solicitors for Buying a House

Conveyancing is the term that describes the process of transferring ownership of land or property from one person to another. The more complex the transaction – the longer the process will take.

We can split the process of buying a property into 8 stages.

The stages of buying a property

1. Apply for a mortgage and organise a survey

If you need a mortgage, you can now make your formal application. You should also arrange a survey or valuation report. In addition, we will ask you to pay for search fees and provide appropriate ID.

2. Draft contract bundle and legal checks

We will receive the draft contract bundle from the seller’s solicitor. We’ll check the legal title to the property and apply for the searches. This can be a complex process involving checking and interpreting a number of legal documents. We will then raise any further enquiries with the seller’s solicitor.

3. Sign mortgage deed

When we have received your mortgage offer, we will explain it to you and send you the mortgage deed for you to sign and have witnessed.

4. Read full report and sign contract

When we are happy with your search results and replies to the enquiries we have raised, we will provide you with a full report, and ask you to sign the contract and pay your deposit. We will liaise with the other solicitors in the chain and agree a completion date between you, the buyer, and any other parties in the chain.

5. Exchange contracts

Both parties are now legally bound so the sale price and completion days are fixed. You can now confirm your removal arrangements.

6. Completion statement, deposit and mortgage funds

We will pass on the deposit to the seller’s solicitor and apply for the mortgage funds. We’ll also prepare a completion statement and request the balance of funds from you to complete. You should put your buildings insurance on cover, even though you haven’t completed yet.

7. Sign transfer deed

We will ensure the seller has signed the transfer deed and is ready to move.

8. Completion

We will send the completion money to the seller’s solicitor. You can then collect your keys from the estate agent. Remember to take your meter readings!

Why choose Napthens?

When you are buying or selling a property, the right conveyancer can make all the difference. Our  property specialists lend you the support and plain-English advice you’d expect from a quality law firm, plus a level of due diligence that keeps your interests front and centre.

Read more about getting a quote for residential property conveyancing.

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  • Alex Owers
    Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Southport
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  • Andrew Holden
    Partner
    Department: Head of Rural
    Locations: Blackburn, Kendal
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  • Andy Vincent
    Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Southport
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  • Carla-Jane Hodgson
    Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Fylde Coast
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  • David Hill
    Partner
    Department: Commercial Property
    Location: Blackburn
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  • Dawn Culshaw
    Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Preston
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  • Demi Mason
    Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Liverpool
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  • Ellie Green
    Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Preston
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  • Emma Marshall
    Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Conveyancing
    Location: Southport
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  • Gareth Jones
    Solicitor
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Liverpool
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  • Hayley Mathews
    Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Southport
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  • Jamie Allison
    Partner
    Department: Head of Cumbria and Real Estate
    Locations: Preston, Kendal
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  • Jennifer Snape
    Associate Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Preston
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    Conveyancing Executive Residential Property
  • Karen Allcock
    Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Blackburn
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    Conveyancing Executive Residential Property
  • Karen Cockburn
    Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Fylde Coast
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  • Kayleigh Hunter
    Solicitor
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Kendal
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    Solicitor Residential Property
  • Kelly Abraham
    Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Southport
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  • Michelle Harwood
    Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Southport
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  • Nadya Panayi
    Solicitor
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Liverpool
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  • Naomi Kuta
    Solicitor
    Department: Residential Property
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  • Natasha Athey
    Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Southport
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  • Pamela Richmond
    Senior Associate Solicitor
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Preston
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  • Rachael Davidson
    Licensed Conveyancer
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Blackburn
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    Conveyancing Executive Residential Property
  • Rebecca Coombes
    Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Kendal
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  • Sally Calvert
    Senior Associate Legal Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Fylde Coast
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  • Sara Jayne Barnes
    Associate Solicitor
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Preston
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  • Sarah Barnes
    Partner
    Department: Head of Residential Property
    Location: Preston
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    Head of Residential Property
  • Sophia Khan
    Solicitor
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Blackburn
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    Solicitor Residential Property
  • Talitha Murphy
    Business Development Manager
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Preston
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    Business Development Manager Residential Property
  • Tracy Rostern
    Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Blackburn
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  • Uzma Begum
    Associate Solicitor
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Blackburn
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  • Wendy Navin
    Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Kendal
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  • Zara Zaman
    Conveyancing Executive
    Department: Residential Property
    Location: Blackburn
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How pleased we were with the help you gave us over our move. It was efficient, detailed and done with great cordiality Mr Wilcox