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Conveyancing process FAQs

How do I know what’s happening with my conveyancing transaction?


Your conveyancing solicitor will keep you regularly informed on what is happening with your transaction. However, if the information is not as forthcoming as you’d wish, there is nothing to stop you contacting the conveyancing solicitor for an interim update, or to discuss any concerns you might be experiencing.

And our expert advisers are on hand to assist with any questions or concerns you might have seven days a week right up until you have completed. You can contact us at In-Deed on 0800 038 6886 during the published hours, or you can send us an email at any time at [email protected].

How can I help speed up the conveyancing process?


There are a number of tasks that you can complete ahead of time to speed up the process:

  • Respond to queries and fill in forms as quickly as possible (ideally on the same day, and using email or telephone to supply the information)
  • Organising your finances early
  • Preparing all relevant document associated with the home you are selling
  • But, more than anything else, the best thing you can do is to appoint a proactive and communicative conveyancing solicitor

Take a look at Understanding the Process on our website for more information.

Please do not hesitate to ask your conveyancing solicitor what you can prepare in advance they will be happy to explain what can be done to help keep everything moving swiftly along.

How long does the conveyancing usually take?


This is not an easy question to answer, because it is dependent on the property you are buying or selling, the length of the chain, and the speed at which those involved along it work and communicate.

However, as a general rule of thumb, the average length of time from start to completion is between eight and twelve weeks, although, on average, In-Deed’s conveyancing solicitors usually manage to shave at least a couple of weeks off that with their proactive approach and their strong communication skills.

There are also a number of things you can do to speed up the process further. Have a look at our answer to the question, How can I help speed up the whole process?, for more advice.

In-Deed’s panel of conveyancing solicitors strive for three core principles: speed, communication, and value for money. Our great customer service comes highly recommended by our clients, as can be seen on the Trust Pilot site here.

I have a commercial property that I want to buy: Does In-Deed only do residential conveyancing?


While the majority of what we do is focused on the sale, purchase, and remortgage of private residential properties, we do regularly perform conveyancing for commercial property sales and purchases.

Because this is a slightly different service and the legal costs vary, if you want to get an accurate quote for the sale or purchase of your commercial property, please don’t hesitate to call one of our expert conveyancing advisers on 0800 038 6886, or you can send us an email at [email protected] and we will be happy to help you.

What do I need to do throughout the conveyancing process?


At In-Deed, we have broken down the conveyancing process into seven easy-to-follow steps. Take a look at our Understanding the Process page to find out more.

Your primary responsibility as a seller will be to provide answers to any questions your prospective buyer raises about the house, as well as supplying any paperwork, such as warranties and guarantees, and filling in forms.

As a buyer, you will inevitably have questions that arise as you get into the conveyancing process. You should ensure you get these to your conveyancing solicitor swiftly.

If I do not complete, or my circumstances change, what happens then?


It can be very frustrating if your transaction falls through, especially if you are almost at the point of exchanging contracts, and particularly because the whole process of moving house is stressful enough as it is.

However, In-Deed understands how this affects you, which is why every fixed-fee quote comes with a ‘no completion, no fee’ guarantee. This means that you won’t have to pay any of the conveyancing solicitor’s fees, even if the solicitor has completed the majority of the conveyancing work already.

In addition, the small initial fee of £120 that you paid to secure the fixed-fee quote can be transferred to your next transaction when you are ready to buy or sell another property.

If you want more advice, our conveyancing experts will be happy to talk to you on 0800 038 6886. Or you can send us an email at [email protected].

What does conveyancing mean?


Conveyancing is the term used to describe the legal side of buying and selling a home, and involves the transfer of the legal title of a property from one person to another. It is your assigned conveyancing solicitor’s responsibility to make this happen.

Our fast and efficient conveyancing solicitors will ensure that they do everything possible to make the legal side of your transaction simple. 

Why is conveyancing so difficult?


Not many people have positive feedback about the legal process of buying or selling a home in the UK.

Ask the vast majority of homebuyers what it is like, and they will tell you how it took longer than they expected, or it cost more than they planned, and they felt confused and out of control throughout. There is no single reason as to why this should be the case, but here are some contributing factors:

  • Old-fashioned laws: Many of the laws and legal processes that govern buying and selling a property date back hundreds of years, such as the Chancel repair liability.
  • Jargon: Conveyancing solicitors spend years training and learning specialised language for their trade, and often forget that this is gobbledegook to the majority of people. However, you won’t find this at In-Deed; we express things in everyday English, so you are never left bewildered. But, if you don’t understand something, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification.
  • Paper trails: Technology is making its way into conveyancing, but it’s still largely the exception rather than the rule. Many conveyancing solicitors and organisations still insist on using paper-based communication and snail-mail, rather than automated case-management systems and email. In-Deed’s conveyancers are happy to work with the latest technology in order to give you the best and most efficient service possible.
  • Chains: Even if your sale or purchase runs smoothly, you will often be part of a chain of transactions. Being part of a chain usually leads to delay and uncertainty, and can even cause your whole transaction to fall over.

As much as we’d like to, we can’t remove all the problems associated with conveyancing. But we can promise to make the legal part of buying or selling a home a much better experience for you, and do whatever we can to remove obstacles to ensure efficient progress.