Your Conveyancing Solicitors for Selling Property

To help you understand the legal process of selling your home, we have detailed the usual steps completed by the various parties involved.

For more general advice about how to sell your home and not regret it, read our free guide, A Guide To Selling Your Home.

When dealing with the legal process of selling your home, you should use a professional property solicitor you can rely on, one with decades of experience in getting the process right, and with plenty of positive reviews from satisfied customers. And one you can communicate with easily.

Cunningtons solicitors’ award-winning customer service means that our clients know that they are in safe hands with their property sale.So whatever reason you have for selling property, whether you are selling to movr to a different sized home or moving to a new area, your Cunningtons property specialist will guide you through the selling process.

Cunningtons conveyancing solicitors have branches around England, so you do not have to deal with a faceless call centre – you can call your own legal representative direct, or pop in and speak to us face-to-face.

Cunningtons are market leaders in Residential Conveyancing, dealing with several thousand property sales each year. We detail the legal process for selling property below.Once we have been instructed by you, the client, Cunningtons LLP will:

Residential Conveyancing Services – Selling Property

Cunningtons are market leaders in Residential Conveyancing, dealing with several thousand property sales each year. We detail the legal process for selling property below.

Once we have been instructed by you, the client, Cunningtons LLP will:

  • Where instructed, order and make available your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
  • Obtain your title deeds
  • Obtain up to date copy of the title from HM Land Registry
  • Draft and submit contracts with necessary title and property information
  • Deal with enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitors
  • Send the sale contract to you to sign and return in readiness for exchange

Exchange Contracts

  • Ensure the deposit is handed over
  • Prepare for completion
  • Prepare financial statement for the client
  • Submit final searches
  • Submit certificate of title to lender
  • Receive mortgage advance and any balance due from client

Completion

  • Send monies to seller’s solicitors
  • Receive deeds and documents from seller’s solicitors
  • Account to client with surplus funds if applicable
  • Pay any stamp duty
  • Register your ownership with the Land Registry
  • Send deeds to purchaser/lender
  • Instruct Cunningtons LLP to undertake your conveyancing
  • Forward any title deeds & EPC
  • Complete Property Information Forms and Fixtures & Fittings Form
  • Answer any enquiries raised by the buyer
  • Sign the Contract and return with instructions regarding desired Completion dates
  • Arrange removals

Exchange Contracts

  • Sign Transfer with a witness and return to us before completion
  • Cancel direct debit instructions with lender
  • Notify utility providers and arrange to settle any outstanding amounts
  • Cancel any buildings insurance policy

Completion

  • Clear property and hand keys to the estate agents
  • Send us the title deeds if held
  • Advise us of current redemption amount

Completion

  • Issue evidence of discharge of the mortgage upon receipt of funds

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are common questions we get asked about buying and selling your home. If you cannot find the answer here, please contact us for an answer.

Yes, the VAT is added to your final bill once the sale or purchase has been exchanged.

The information from a property search is vital to a buyer. You need to know, for example, if the area is about to be extensively developed as that would be highly disruptive in terms of resulting traffic and noise levels.

The average freehold transaction which proceeds without undue delay from lenders or local authorities in processing search requests, can usually take around 6 to 10 weeks from receipt of papers, leasehold transactions usually take longer due to the more complicated nature of the title and maintenance arrangements.

Additional ‘disbursements’ are merely payments to 3rd parties such as to local authorities for search fees and to the Land Registry for title deeds.

After you have gone through our quotation system and signed our instruction form, if you’re selling you’ll need to let us have any deeds you hold and guarantees and other certificates. Providing your ID documents at an early stage always helps, and if you’re buying, evidence of the source of your funds.

There are two key events in the sale of a property in the UK – ‘exchange’ and ‘completion’. The ‘exchange of contracts’ happens when both parties sign a legal contract and their legal representatives agree the terms and date the Contract that makes all aspects of the purchase legally binding and enforceable. ‘Completion’ is the final stage in the sale of a property, when property legally changes ownership.

This is a request to the Local Authority to provide any information that they may have relating to the property being bought; this includes any planning entries, financial charges and local road schemes, but does not cover any neighbouring land.

Difficulties can arise when there are disputes as to title (ownership) of any part of the property, with alterations if the property is a listed building, lack of landlords consent for alterations to flats, or with a failure to have planning permission for changes to a property.

You should find a solicitor to act for you in your property sale or purchase as early as possible: you don’t need to wait until you’ve had an offer or found a new home to get the ball rolling.

Further Information on Buying Property

More information and guides to help you with the process of buying property in England and Wales

Buying A Home

To help you understand the process of buying your home, we have detailed the usual steps completed by the various parties involved.

Download our Guide to Buying

Jargon Buster

There’s a lot of jargon involved in the world of conveyancing, so we have put together a list of the most common terms, with explanations.

Find out more

Search Choices

Part of the conveyancing process involves ‘searches’. We cover your choices in this area, and what they mean for you

Find out more