Conveyancing Solicitors

Whether it’s to live in or to let, purchasing property tends to be associated with a complicated legal process that leaves buyers stressed and frustrated. As specialists in residential property law, the law firm of Pickering & Butters believe it doesn’t have to be this way. Since opening our doors, we’ve been helping clients from all walks of life to buy and sell property with ease. Our aim is to keep things as straightforward and simple as possible, keeping the time involved in your transaction to a minimum. With a dedicated team of accomplished conveyancing solicitors to tackle the legal work of your property transaction, you’ll be raring to get the keys when we get you through completion in no time.

Why choose Pickering & Butters conveyancing solicitors?

At Pickering & Butters, we all strive towards the same goal: to facilitate the lives of our clients. That’s why our conveyancing team work every day to ensure property transactions are as stress-free as possible, keeping you up to date and in the know at each stage. While we try to keep things simple, we know that buying property is one of the most significant financial commitments you can make in life. Your choice of solicitor should reflect this, as it’s they who will be responsible for getting you from offer through to completion within a specific time frame.

Here at Pickering & Butters, each of our conveyancing solicitors are accredited specialists in residential property law, with a proven track record for guiding clients through property transactions quickly and efficiently. As well as our technical expertise within property law, we encourage our clients to take advantage of our local knowledge within the Staffordshire area and the residential property market. This information may prove to be pivotal in your decision of where to buy and when to sell, as our solicitors will advise you on any upcoming developments in the area and undertake a thorough investigation into any potential issues surrounding your property.

When you instruct a member of our team to oversee your transaction, we promise to deliver an exceptional level of client care throughout the entire process.  All of our property transactions are run through our case management system which enables us to keep you updated with each new development in a way that’s convenient for you. If you have any questions, we endeavour to be available when you need us the most for tailored advice on your transaction. So, whether you’re an experienced property professional looking for a new investment, a first-time buyer taking your first step on the ladder or you simply wish to move house, our conveyancing solicitors will take care of absolutely everything on your behalf, working proactively and meticulously to ensure each step is completed correctly.

The Conveyancing Process

If you have made the decision to buy a house, it’s essential you seek advice from a qualified professional. Whether it’s your first time or not, this will benefit you in understanding your financial position and what is involved in the conveyancing process. It’s easy to feel intimidated at this stage, so a specialist property solicitor can help you understand what is required from you and at which stage. The purchasing process is fairly straightforward, but can differ depending on the property you are purchasing. However, generally speaking, the conveyancing process follows the same timeline:

1. Pre-Contract

Once you’ve found your perfect property and had your offer accepted, your chosen conveyancing solicitor will begin carrying out the legal work that is required before contracts can be exchanged. The seller’s solicitor will provide us with information regarding the property, including evidence of their legal ownership.. We will then review these documents, raising enquiries if need be, until we are satisfied with the results and will also carry out property searches with the Local Authority, water authority and other relevant agencies. Meanwhile, it’s essential to get your finances in order and have your mortgage offer accepted, ready for the exchange. Once all searches have been carried out, all enquiries answered and your mortgage in place, you will be ready to exchange.

2. Contract Exchange

As your chosen conveyancing solicitors, we will be responsible for ensuring the exchange happens smoothly. Once this is done and your completion date agreed , we will send the draft  Transfer deed to the seller’s solicitor. Once approved, both you and the seller will sign a copy of this Transfer document Next, we will ask your mortgage lender to release the funds, allowing us to transfer the balance to the seller’s solicitor on the day of completion.

3. Completion

You’re almost done! We will arrange for you to pick up the keys, and you can get ready to move in. The final steps involve paying the Stamp Duty & Land Tax due for the property, which we will transfer on your behalf. Then, we will make an application to the Land Registry, confirming your legal ownership of the property.

With Pickering & Butters’ conveyancing solicitors on your side and our wealth of experience, you can rest assured we'll make sure things run as smoothly as possible. For tailored advice on buying or selling a house, please get in touch.