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We know that buying a house can be an exciting yet daunting experience, which is why Homeward Legal are here to help support you through the process. From the moment you've had your offer accepted to the day you receive your keys, a member from our panel of experienced conveyancing solicitors will be with you every step of the way. 

The conveyancing solicitors who work with Homeward Legal adopt a proactive approach to conveyancing, helping drive your purchase forward and ultimately helping you to make your move faster.

When carrying out the legal work for your purchase, your property purchase solicitor will represent your interests and gather and review all the necessary checks and searches.

What a conveyancing solicitor does for you

When you instruct a conveyancing solicitor through Homeward Legal, we endeavour to meet any requirements you have, including providing you with a property purchase solicitor who knows the area in which you are buying. Once instructed, your conveyancing solicitor ensures the seller has the legal right to sell the property, that the land itself is free from issues and that all financing is in order.

They will ask the seller's solicitor a number of questions (known as enquiries) about the property's use and history and carry out important property searches.

Your solicitor for the house purchase must also check the mortgage arrangements, as well as looking after the lender's interest where a mortgage is being taken out.

There is more work and risk involved when representing a buyer because of the legal principle known as caveat emptor or ‘buyer beware'. This means it is the responsibility of the buyer's solicitors to raise all pertinent questions about the property. Buyers must be aware there is no obligation on the seller to disclose anything unless asked directly.

Using a solicitor for the house purchase will make the process easier. All you need to do is complete any forms and sign any documents as soon as possible to ensure there are no hold-ups to the conveyancing process.

What is the conveyancing buying process?

If you're wondering what solicitors do when you're buying a house, here we explain the key keys stages of the purchase conveyancing process once an offer has been accepted:

  1. ID documents and instruction forms are completed by the client
  2. The purchaser's conveyancing solicitor receives contracts from the seller's solicitor for review
  3. The purchaser's conveyancing solicitor raises enquiries of the seller's solicitor
  4. Searches are ordered from local authorities, the Environment Agency etc
  5. Terms are agreed and a date is set for completion
  6. Exchange contracts
  7. Completion - the day you move in!

Post-completion formalities - this is the finalising of the stamp duty payment to HMRC, registering of the title at the Land Registry and dealing with the final documents to the client.


Ideally you'll want to appoint a solicitor for buying a house as soon as you have put in an offer on a property and before you have finalised the mortgage for it. But you don't need a conveyancer before you make an offer


Can I get buying conveyancing quotes? 

If you're ready to instruct a solicitor for buying a house, we offer free no-obligation buying conveyancing quotes, so you can have a better understanding of the costs involved with purchasing a property. All you have to do is complete the ‘Quick Quote' form and provide us with a few details about the property.


How much do solicitors charge for buying a house cost?

The cost for conveyancing solicitors when buying a house can vary widely depending on the value of the property, as well as if the property is leasehold or freehold. 

The solicitor fees  you are quoted for conveyancing will be exactly what you pay, with no hidden costs*'


When do I pay my solicitor's fees when buying a house?

When you receive a quote from a conveyancing solicitor, it will contain a number of additional items called disbursements. These relate to the fees and taxes the solicitor has to pay other organisations as part of the house-buying process, such as local search fees, drainage and water search fees and flood risk reports.

You may be asked for some payment up front to cover these various searches. With Homeward Legal, our friendly, professional team will explain the disbursements and fees in detail and tell you which ones you will need to pay up front. You will pay the remaining fees, along with your solicitor's fees upon completion.


Get in touch for buying conveyancing quotes

Whether you're buying a property either as a primary residence, second home or as an investment, Homeward Legal can help. 

If you're ready to instruct a solicitor for a house purchase, or have any questions you can call us free on .  Or get an instant conveyancing quote online today and get your house purchase underway.

*Fixed Legal Fee - Your quote from Homeward Legal will cover common conveyancing costs in line with the information you've provided to us. Depending on the specific circumstances of your transaction, and after discussion with your solicitor, there may be additional non-standard fees which would be in addition to the fee quoted by Homeward Legal.

**No-Completion Protection protects your fixed fee quote in the event that your property transaction falls-through. To secure this benefit, a transferable administration fee of £125+VAT is taken at the point of instruction and then deducted from your final bill. It is not an extra fee. Should your transaction fail to complete, for whatever reason, you will pay no further fees on that transaction. Your initial payment will rollover to your next instruction with us and will be used against the balance of your legal fees on your completion statement.

There is no time limit to returning and re-instructing Homeward Legal, and no limit to the number of times that the initial payment can be rolled over.

Should you cancel your transaction within 14 days, for any reason, your initial payment will be refunded in full. After 14 days, if you subsequently decide not to proceed with a Homeward Legal solicitor, your initial payment will be used to cover the administration costs incurred to date. No further payment will be necessary.