What is conveyancing? Why is it a necessary part of the house-buying process? And what should you consider when instructing a conveyancer for your case? Here, we take a look at all this and more, to help make buying or selling your property in London (and throughout the UK) as easy as possible.

Let’s Take It From The Top

Conveyancing can trace its roots all the way back to the early nineteenth century, when a group of proctors, attorneys and solicitors were given a Royal Charter. This group eventually became the Law Society and it was their job to regulate and oversee an otherwise patchy profession. From that moment on, fully trained and qualified solicitors advised on litigation issues and developed contract and transactional work, including the transfer of land ownership. And that, essentially, is what conveyancing is all about.

Conveyancing refers to all the legal and administrative work associated with transferring the ownership of land or buildings from one person to another. The process begins once an offer has been accepted, and is complete as soon as contracts have been signed and the agreed payment has been transferred.

What Can You Expect From Conveyancing Services?

Once you instruct a conveyancer, he or she is responsible for all the property searches, which will tell you things like whether there are any building plans in the pipeline (a nightclub next door, for example), flood risks, sewer networks and so on. Your conveyancer will liaise with your mortgage lender, making sure they have all the information they need.

The cost of conveyancing will depend on the value of the property you’re buying. On average, you can expect to pay around £1,000, which will include the conveyancer’s time, calls and letters, as well as council search fees and registering the change of ownership with the Land Registry.

Which Conveyancing Service Is Right For Me?

In London, there are more than 100 practising conveyancers and conveyancing services. While many of them can handle a broad variety of cases, there are those who specialise in certain types of property. For example, Grade I or Grade II listed buildings, industrial units and premises, urban mansions, or the more unusual homes such as house boats or converted mills.

At Spencer Lockwood Conveyancing, we carry out most conveyancing services available and our network spans the length and breadth of England and Wales, which makes us the go-to company when choosing a conveyancer.

Whether you’re buying or selling in London or further afield, we have the right professional to handle your case. For example, if you face time constrains and are in a hurry to complete, we will ensure the solicitor has a lighter workload and can prioritise your instruction.

Equally, if you require a certain level of expertise to handle the transfer of ownership of a specific type of property, we will pair you you with one of our highly experienced solicitor. For us, it’s all about making sure the best person for the job is handling your case – so that the whole conveyancing process runs as smoothly as possible.

Contact a member of our team for further details on our conveyancing services in London, where we will be happy to explain the conveyancing process in more depth.