Legal advice from Chris Illingworth, an Associate Solicitor specialising in residential conveyancing based at FDR Law’s office in Frodsham
Q: How long does the Conveyancing process take?
A: In conveyancing we are asked this question almost daily, and as much as we would like to be able to give you an exact answer but there are so many variables to consider within the process.
The answer we are able to give is that it can take between six and eight weeks, sometimes it can be less and sometimes more.
Often the reasons for delay are out of our hands as solicitors, for example:
- Mortgage – even with a pre-approved offer the full mortgage application can only be made once you have made the decision on the property. The mortgage lender will then need to obtain their valuation.
- Survey(s) – in addition to the valuation survey, many buyers will take out the option for a full building survey. Depending on accessibility to the property, the length of time it take for a report to be provided and then any outcomes to be addressed this can hold up proceedings.
- Searches – as part of the Conveyancing process we will carry out on your behalf of number of searches on the new property, sometimes the results can be provided within days and sometimes it can take longer.
- Chains – a delay further up or down a linked chain of properties being bought and sold can affect the proceedings for all involved
- Property information – additional documentation may be required as part of the transaction for example planning consent, leasehold details or related to building management
An experienced solicitor will be able to guide you through the requirements for your individual conveyancing needs and keep you informed of the progress so that you can plan accordingly and focus on other elements involved in moving house.