One of the key jobs a conveyancer will carry out is to conduct searches to reveal anything which might impact on the property you are proposing to buy.

These will include

  • local authorities searches.  This will ensure there are no planning permissions which might affect your property.  This could include the building of a large new development.
  • water, drainage and environmental searches.  These will ensure there are no adverse flooding, sewer or drainage issues which affect your property
  • in some locations a coal and mining search will ensure your property is not affected by mining
  • a Chancel search to make sure you will not be liable for repairs to a nearby church (this can be a real issue for some properties but can be protected against with Chancel insurance).

The conveyancer will also advise on

  • any other costs which you will incur such as stamp duty
  • the contracts drafted by the seller’s conveyancer. These contain key parts of your house purchase including property boundaries as well as the sales price
  • information required by your mortgage lender

At or shortly after completion of the house purchase, the conveyancer will also

  • pay fees due on your behalf (with money you have transferred to the conveyancer’s client account) and
  • register you as the new owners of the property with the Land Registry.
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Simpler Tip

Form a good relationship with your conveyancer and agree how and how often you will be updated on progress