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Demystifying property conveyancing: A step-by-step walkthrough

Demystifying Property Conveyancing: A Step-by-Step Walkthrough

Buying or selling a property can be a daunting process, filled with legal jargon and complex procedures. As leading experts in property law, SQE Property Law & Land Law is here to guide you through the property conveyancing process, making it simpler and easier to understand. In this comprehensive guide, we break down the steps involved, helping you navigate the intricate world of property conveyancing.

Step 1: Instruction

The first step in the conveyancing process is when you decide to buy or sell a property and instruct a solicitor to act on your behalf. At SQE Property Law & Land Law, we have a team of experienced solicitors who are well-versed in property transactions. Once you instruct us, we will guide you through the entire process, from start to finish.

Step 2: Title Check

The next crucial step is conducting a title check. This involves verifying the legal ownership of the property and ensuring there are no outstanding issues, such as disputes or charges. Our expert solicitors will meticulously examine the title deeds, search the Land Registry, and conduct local authority searches to uncover any potential issues that may affect the property’s value or your ownership rights.

Step 3: Drafting Contracts

Once the title check is complete, our team will draft the contract for the sale or purchase of the property. This contract will outline the terms and conditions of the transaction, including the agreed-upon price, completion date, and any additional provisions. Our solicitors have extensive experience in contract drafting, ensuring that all necessary legal requirements and protections are in place.

Step 4: Exchange of Contracts

Once both parties have agreed to the terms of the contract, it’s time to exchange contracts. This is a significant milestone in the conveyancing process, as it legally binds both the buyer and the seller to the terms of the contract. Upon exchange, a deposit (typically 10% of the property’s value) is paid by the buyer, and a completion date is set.

Step 5: Pre-Completion Stage

As we approach the completion date, our team will work diligently to finalize all the necessary paperwork. This includes conducting final searches, arranging mortgage funds (if applicable), and coordinating with the other party’s solicitors. Our goal during this stage is to ensure that all loose ends are tied up and that the completion process goes smoothly.

Step 6: Completion

Completion is the day the property officially changes ownership. On this day, the remaining balance of the purchase price is transferred from the buyer’s solicitor to the seller’s solicitor. Once the funds are received, the seller will release the keys to the buyer, and the property is officially theirs. Our team will take care of all the necessary financial transactions, ensuring a seamless completion process.

Step 7: Post-Completion

Even after completion, there are some post-completion matters that need to be taken care of. Our team will handle tasks such as registering the property with the Land Registry, paying Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), and ensuring all legal documentation is properly filed and recorded. We leave no stone unturned, ensuring that your property ownership is registered legally and securely.


Property conveyancing may seem complex, but with the right solicitor by your side, the process becomes much more manageable. At SQE Property Law & Land Law, we specialize in simplifying property transactions, taking care of all the legal aspects on your behalf. From title checks to completion and beyond, our team is here to guide you every step of the way. Contact us today for expert conveyancing services and let us make your property journey a smooth and stress-free one.