Making buying for the first time easy

Buying a home for the first time is a joyful experience - but newcomers to homeownership can often feel a little overwhelmed by what's involved. With so many things to consider and arrange, we understand how daunting the journey can sometimes seem.

What you need is the clear, professional advice of a first-time buyer solicitor, and Homeward Legal is the place to call. Our team are the welcoming, experienced voice on the other end of the phone who can help remove any stress from the legal process.

We are here for you every step of the way, with no hidden surprises and no extra costs. Our friendly team is available seven days a week while our nationwide panel of first-time buyer solicitors and conveyancers have the knowledge and expertise to ensure your transaction goes smoothly.

Whether you just need a helping hand with the conveyancing process or you'd like us to organise building surveys as well, we can provide the whole package. Read on for everything you need to know about first-time buyer conveyancing and start the journey to collecting the keys of your very first home right here, right now!

What is first-time buyer conveyancing?

The word conveyancing is a catch-all term to describe the legal formalities and paperwork that must be carried out for any property or land transaction. As first-time buyers, all this will be done for you by a conveyancing solicitor or a licensed conveyancer.

What do first-time buyer solicitors do?

As part of the first-time buyer conveyancing services they offer, your solicitor will:

  • Confirm your ID
  • Ask to see a mortgage offer, if you are buying with a mortgage
  • Agree a completion date
  • Exchange contracts with the sellers
  • Transfer the funds on completion day and arrange for the collection of keys
  • Register you as the new owner of the property with the Land Registry
  • Pay any Stamp Duty Land Tax (in England) or Land Transaction Tax (in Wales) on your behalf

Our expert friendly team are on hand 7 days a week to help match you with a conveyancing solicitor, and ensure your sale progresses.

Over the years we've helped thousands of local homeowners throughout England and Wales with their legal conveyancing needs, and we are always looking for ways to make the conveyancing process simple and straightforward

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How does the conveyancing process work?

For first-time buyers, the conveyancing process can seem long, daunting and complicated. In fact, even for those who are experienced in the property market, it doesn't always get any easier! But to give you an idea, here's a basic summary of how the conveyancing process works once your offer has been accepted:

  • You fill out the ID documents and instruction forms
  • Your first-time buyer solicitor receives the contracts from the seller's side
  • Your solicitor raises any enquiries with the sellers
  • Your solicitor orders searches from local authorities and the Environment Agency, as necessary
  • Terms are agreed and a date for completion is set
  • Contracts are exchanged between the two sides
  • The process is completed and you move into your new home
  • Your first-time buyer solicitor registers you as the new owner and pays any stamp duty that is due

How much are first-time buyer solicitor fees?

For a first-time buyer, conveyancing fees will vary depending on a number of things, including the value of the property. Unfortunately, that means there is no simple answer to this question. However, to give you an idea, these are some of the charges you might expect to see:

  • Solicitors' fees
  • Surveyors' fees
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)***
  • Land Registry fees
  • Local authority searches
  • Electronic bank transfer fee
  • VAT

***Due to the government extending the Stamp Duty holiday, no SDLT will be due on the first £500,000 of a property in England until the end of June. From the start of July, first-time buyers will not have to pay any SDLT on the first £300,000 of a main residential property. In Wales, where SDLT is known as Land Transaction Tax, the first £250,000 will be tax-free for first-time buyers until June 30. After that, the rates will revert to where they were pre-Covid, which means the threshold will drop back to £180,000.

Frequently asked questions...

Whether you are buying or selling, the earlier you can appoint your conveyancing solicitor, the better, because the legal work can start very early in the process. For sellers, this means that your solicitor could draft a contract in advance of finding a buyer, and for buyers, conveyancing solicitors can verify ID checks, proof of funds and the mortgage application if needed. 

Promptly instructing a solicitor can reduce any chance of the other side pulling out, and will also mean that you are ready to push forward with an offer as soon as you find a property that you want to buy.

With Homeward Legal's No-Completion No Fee† promise that in the unfortunate event that your property transaction falls-through you will not be liable for any of the conveyancer's fixed legal fees for the work completed.

Plus, when you get a quote for conveyancing services from us, we offer a Fixed legal fee** conveyancing quote with no hidden costs

Why not complete an instant online Fixed Legal Fee* Quote with No - Completion No Fee† today. Or, call one of our friendly team, available 7 days a week, on .

Many contaminants can impact a residential property. These need not be restricted to chemical or mineral pollutants either, since investigations into contamination also include proposed erection of mobile masts, or the proximity of electricity pylons.

Where the property has been built on former industrial or agricultural land, consideration will be given to any known pollution that exists in the topsoil or in the vicinity. All aspects of the environmental impact to the property will be considered as part of the environmental searches and reported in the conveyancer's report on title for the property.

No. With Homeward Legal's panel of conveyancing solicitors, when you get a quote for conveyancing services from us, the legal price we quote you is the price you'll pay.

You should be aware, however, that some property solicitors do not give accurate quotes, only estimates, often putting standard conveyancing fees in the small print, possibly to make the headline offer seem far more attractive. The final bill you receive may then be much more than you budgeted for as a result. With Homeward Legal, we offer Fixed Legal Fee** conveyancing quote with no hidden charges and with our No-Completion No Fee

If in the unfortunate event that your property transaction falls-through you will not be liable for any of the conveyancer's fixed legal fees* for the work completed.

Why not complete an instant online Fixed Legal Fee* Quote with No - Completion No Fee† today. Or, call one of our friendly team, available 7 days a week, on or by using our eligibility checker.

Want to know more about first-time buyer conveyancing? Our comprehensive step-by-step guide to the whole process plus our essential hints and tips will help answer any questions you have about becoming a property owner.

Of course, if you'd like to speak to a member of our team then don't hesitate to give us a call on and we'll do everything we can to help. And if you feel like you're ready to get started, we offer free, no-obligation first-time buyer conveyancing quotes in a matter of moments. So, why not take that first step to securing the keys to your first home!

Your Fixed Legal Fee** quote from Homeward Legal ensures that you pay no more than we have quoted you for and is based on the information you’ve provided to us being true and accurate.

There are specific circumstances on a minority of transactions that may require additional charges that could not be foreseen at the outset.

A list of those charges and explanations can be found here with details of the potential cost. These will only be charged following discussion with your conveyancer with a clear explanation of what they are for.

No Completion No Fee is our promise that in the unfortunate event that your property transaction falls-through you will not be liable for any of the conveyancer’s fixed legal fees for the work completed.

To secure this benefit a fee, already included in your quote, is taken upon on deciding to go ahead with your transaction.

Should your transaction fall through, for whatever reason, we can hold this amount on account for your next transaction or provide a refund.

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