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Instructing a solicitor and sales progression

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

What a legal representative does

To help you choose which representation you need, here’s a list of all the tasks that your solicitor or conveyancer will perform on your behalf.

  • Obtain your title deeds and support you in filling in the necessary questionnaires.

  • Prepare and distribute a contract for sale.

  • Request a settlement figure for your mortgage.

  • Respond to all enquires from the buyers solicitor

  • Liaise with the parties acting on behalf of the buyer to negotiate a moving date.

  • Act as the recipient of the house deposit.

  • Organise the final accounts and prepare a final settlement ready for exchange of contracts and completion

  • Approve the deed of transfer.

  • Hand over the property deeds.

How to choose Legal Representation

It’s easy to get a quote online, or simply speak to our award winning Solicitor Partners who can also provide you with a quote, and manage the entire process. Prices for legal representation can be between £800 -£1,800 and are normally paid out of the sale proceeds.

One you’ve chosen your legal representation you will need to provide them with a sales memo, which includes key details of the agreed sale:

  • Buyer name and address

  • Buyers Legal representation and contact details

  • Address of property being sold

  • Sale price agreed

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Once you’ve instructed your solicitor or conveyancer the sales process can begin. In this article we’ll run through the different stages of a sale.

Sales Progression

Once you’ve instructed your solicitor or conveyancer the sales process can begin which normally takes 12 weeks. In this article we’ll run through the different stages of a sale.

Process Questionnaire

The first step is completing in-depth questionnaires about the property and what’s included in the sale. We’ve covered these in this article but to quickly run through them:

  • TA6: General questionnaire about the property which includes boundaries, disputes, complaints, known developments, building works, council tax, utilities and contact details.

  • TA7: Only applicable if you don’t own the freehold.

  • TA10: Provides details over the fixtures and fittings included in the sale.

  • TA13: Includes finalising details such as the hand over the keys, how and where you will complete and ensuring the property is free of mortgage and liabilities claims.

While this is happening buyers will be conducting surveys on the property to check the structural integrity of the property by checking for things like damp and subsidence.

Draft Contracts

Your solicitor will use the information from the questionnaire to draft a contract that will be sent to the buyers. There will be negotiations over this contract which include:

  • Date of completion, usually 7-28 days after the exchange of contracts

  • What fixtures and fittings are included and how much a buyer will pay for them

  • Who will fix issues raised by the buyers survey or an update to the sales price which reflects the surveys outcomes.

Paying off your mortgage

Before enchanting contracts, you’ll need to pay off your mortgage by requesting a redemption figure from your mortgage company. This is how much you’ll pay upon completing the sale.


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