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We will always offer you a fixed-fee quote at the onset so that you can budget. We also offer a no completion no fee service which guarantees that if your conveyance transaction falls through, you will not be charged for any Conveyancing Solicitors Manchester services, only third-party disbursements.

You can get your conveyancing quote through the website within 30 seconds, or by calling our Manchester office directly.

These two terms are frequently confused with one another. Here is the simple explanation:

Conveyancing is the process of legally transferring ownership of a property from an individual, couple, or group to another. This includes the transfer of fees. It also involves aspects of the property related to the land on which the property is built. Conveyancing checks factors such as vulnerability to flooding or subsidence. It considers whether there are going to be new buildings planned for the area and how that might affect the neighbourhood.

Surveying is the physical structure of the property itself. A surveyor will inspect the house, flat, and any outbuildings that you are purchasing to make sure that it is in as good a condition as it appears from the outside.

Unless the Building Insurance is arranged by your lender or the property is a leasehold property with the insurance handled by the Lease Administrator, you must arrange for Buildings Insurance at the time of the Exchange of Contracts. Following Exchange of Contracts, the property will be at your risk and you will need to provide us with a copy of your Building Insurance before the Exchange of Contracts occurs.

If you’re obtaining a mortgage to buy your property, your mortgage provider will most likely recommend a surveyor. If not, you can easily find a surveyor local to your Manchester property. We do have contacts with both local and national surveyors that we would be happy to refer you to.

The time to instruct a conveyancer should be as soon as you decide you are going to buy or sell a property. You do not need to wait until you have found a buyer for your house or found a home you would like to buy. If you are looking to move as quickly as possible, you can start the process now with a quote for our fixed fee. You can start with the online quote, contact us through the information provided on the ‘contact us’ page or you can phone our Manchester office. The sooner the process is started, the sooner you will be able to move into your new home. The process can even begin before you find a buyer so that everything is in place and the Contract can be issued as soon as we have the identity of your buyer’s conveyancer.

The term ‘Stamp Duty’ is short for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). This is the tax on the purchase price of land and buildings. There are different charges for different sale prices. If you are buying a new Leasehold then you may also be required to pay Stamp Duty on the rent. Your solicitor will advise you of what you can expect to pay when they receive the contract paperwork.

You can visit the HMRC website to calculate your potential Stamp Duty.

When buying a house with the assistance of mortgage finance, it is common practice for the conveyancer who acts for the buyer to be instructed by the lender to act for the seller simultaneously. For this to happen, the conveyancer who is acting on behalf of the buyer will need to be accepted on that mortgage lender’s conveyancing panel.

Conveyancing Solicitors Manchester has been accepted on the mortgage panel for the majority lenders.

It is quite common for the same conveyancer to act simultaneously for both buyer and lender. While it is common, it is not essential.

If we are not on a lender’s panel, please do not be concerned. We can still act on your behalf. If you need more information, please contact our Manchester office.

If you require further information on mortgage panels, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Why choose Conveyancing Solicitors Manchester? What sets us apart from the competition is whether you are buying, selling, or both, our goal is always to make your conveyancing process go as quickly and efficiently as possible without sacrificing the quality of our services.

Our specialty is conveyancing and by giving you direct contact to us, you won’t ever go through a call centre just to speak to the conveyancer working on your case.

We use technology to help speed up the process whenever possible. We will also e-mail your documents via Adobe Sign to save you time and make things easier on you.

Our New App allows you to track your case 24/7 putting you in charge of your conveyancing.

You also get fixed fees that come with our solemn promise that if your transaction doesn’t complete, you will not be charged a legal fee. You will know exactly what to expect from the beginning.

Thanks to modern technology, the days of needing to take time out of your workday to visit your solicitor are in the past. Instead of having to visit us each time we require your signature, every step of the conveyancing process can be done remotely. Documents can be scanned and e-mailed or sent more traditionally through the post. We do this whenever we can to make things easier for you.

Of course, you are more than welcome to visit our Manchester office in person if you would prefer. Some of our clients still prefer to do it this way. Thanks to technology, it is no longer a requirement.

No, you won’t need a local conveyancer. With today’s technology, you can choose the conveyancer who you are most comfortable with. They can be based anywhere in the country. We have discovered that most buyers prefer to communicate through phone calls or e-mails rather than be bothered to make a trip to our offices. We cater to this preference of work situation.

Whether or not you are buying in Manchester or anywhere across England or Wales, we will keep in continuous contact with you regarding the status of your conveyance. You can always phone us or send an e-mail whenever you want an update or have questions.

If you prefer to come see us in our Manchester offices, we don’t hide and we would welcome your visit. We at Conveyancing Solicitors Manchester are real people. We have no need to hide behind a call centre.

This is probably the question that we are asked most frequently.

We would love to tell you that every case can be completed in record time, but the truth is the timescale relies on the actions of buyers, sellers, solicitors and mortgage lenders who each tend to move at their own speed. It is too complicated for us to promise how quickly you will be able to move into your house.

The one thing we can promise is that we will be completely transparent with you through every stage of the process and we will do everything we can to accelerate the process wherever and whenever we can.

There are some general rules to keep in mind: leasehold property transactions are more complicated and they will take longer than freehold property transactions. When there is a buying chain, the more people involved in the chain, the longer it will take to move through the process.

We use e-mail and online systems whenever possible to speed up the process. We always follow-up by phone as well.

We hold ourselves accountable to you at all times and we make the process as transparent as we can. Direct contact with your solicitor saves time as well as you can always call or e-mail to catch up on the latest information about your case.

We pride ourselves on our “No Completion, No Fee” service. This means that our fees are you pay for our time. Once we have the details of your conveyance, we tell you what the cost will be before you instruct us. If your transaction ends up taking longer, you won’t be required to pay extra, and if the worst happens and your transaction isn’t completed and you end up not buying or selling the intended property, you will be given a complete refund of those fees.

We are completely transparent about our costs and our fees when there are other costs involved in your conveyancing. This would include payments for searches that can vary depending on the choices you make and the property involved.

These types of costs are known as ‘disbursements.’ They are the costs that we pay to other companies. For example, you need to know if your property is on land that is prone to flooding or on land that is contaminated. If we funded these inspections on your behalf then they are non-refundable when the sale is complete. If the inspection finds something negative about the property you’re buying, then it could save you tens of thousands of pounds in the long run.

When you are going through the conveyancing process, you need to trust the team member who will act on your behalf. When you choose Conveyancing Solicitors Manchester, rest assured that your case will be assigned to an experienced and competent conveyancer who will oversee all the details associated with your case. You will have direct contact from the day you submit instructions. You can call them on their direct phone number or e-mail them whenever you need to.

Once you have instructed us, we will e-mail you an invitation to track the details of your case on our new App. That way, you can begin tracking your case and check details 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can even communicate directly with your conveyancer through the App. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional queries.

We have a lot of experience with the Help To Buy scheme and our firm has assisted several clients through it. If there are things that make your case unique, there is a good chance that we have encountered a similar case quite recently. If you would like to discuss the details of your conveyancing, send us a quick message requesting that we call you back.

We believe that it’s important to keep contacting us easy. We will give you the direct phone number and e-mail to your conveyancer so that you never have to go through a switchboard. Your conveyancer will keep you informed of any details about your case. If you cannot reach your conveyancer, you can leave a message with a call back request, send them an e-mail, or simply send a message through our App.

We want to make sure that you are kept current on the state of your case as much as we can. You can receive e-mails and push notifications through our App. We will keep you updated in whatever manner you prefer.

You can also contact us during our working day if you have questions or you can view your case through the online tracking tool that is a part of the new App.

Our office is open every day between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Instead of providing a call centre to answer questions outside of working hours, we give you the direct contact information of your conveyancer through our e-mail system. That way, if you are unable to call during office hours, you can always send an e-mail directly to your conveyancer whenever it is most convenient for you. You can also request that they call you at a specific time.

It is an unfortunate fact of life that things can occasionally go wrong during the conveyance process. If you have instructed us and the sale falls apart, you will not be required to pay our fees. You will only have to take care of those costs that we have paid out to other contractors for costs including searches and surveys.

When you are ready to buy, sell, or remortgage, we are ready to help

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