Conveyancing Solicitors

Whether you’re taking your first step on the property ladder or are a seasoned professional, a helping hand from a specialist will ensure the transaction is smooth, swift and efficient. At Pickering & Butters, our dedicated team of conveyancing solicitors are renowned for facilitating property transactions and  acting in the best interests of our clients.

Why choose Pickering & Butters solicitors for your conveyancing?

Purchasing property is one of the most significant financial, and often emotional,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. When you instruct a member of our team, we will handle your transaction as if it were our own, checking meticulously through each document to ensure no stone is left unturned. Our commitment to clients is something that we pride ourselves on , and our conveyancing solicitors enjoy a reputation for delivering an outstanding service time and time again.

As a team of Law Society accredited specialists, you can guarantee that your transaction will be handled by a fully qualified solicitor with their expertise in in property law. Every step of the way, your dedicated solicitor will be available to answer your questions and ease your concerns in plain, jargon-free English. As well as technical expertise, we encourage our clients to take advantage of our local knowledge regarding the residential property market in Staffordshire and the range of searches available that can offer information on the wider area That means we can advise you on any potential issues or future plans for development of the area surrounding your property that may factor into your decision to buy or sell.

Throughout the transaction, you can count on us to provide regular updates in your case as the matter progresses and key milestone are reached. . 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. Our promise to you is to be as transparent, reliable and responsive through the conveyancing process, and should an issue arise, we will ensure it is identified as quickly as possible to avoid unnecessary delays.

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 Contracts are exchanged you will be legally committed to your sale or purchase and it is at this stage that your completion date is agreed. Following exchange 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 and you can get ready to move in! On the completion day we will arrange for the funds transfer to take place and you can pick up your keys once the funds have changed hands. Following completion 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.