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Why do I need a Solicitor to move house?


The average person living in the UK will move house at least 8 times during their life. No wonder, then, that Solicitors are enlisted to deal with the huge volume of legal and administrative paperwork involved – but why do you need a solicitor and why are they needed during the house-moving process?

What is Conveyancing?

Conveyancing refers to the legal process of transferring property, and a Solicitor is the legal professional authorised to carry out the transfer of property on behalf of clients, the primary purpose being to protect their client’s interests.

The main duties of a Solicitor in the Conveyancing process include:

  • Examining the legal title documentation at the Land Registry and raising any queries to clarify it
  • Compiling a report for the buyer containing details of the seller’s supporting documents
  • Drafting contracts containing details of what the property transaction includes
  • Making the buyer aware of any additional costs involved in the transaction, for example stamp duty
  • Communicating with mortgage providers to make sure money will be available when needed
  • Compiling the transfer documents that are needed for buying or selling the property
  • Facilitating the exchange of contracts between the buyer and seller
  • Sending all relevant documentation to the Land Registry to ensure the property transfer is registered
  • Arranging and managing the payment of all fees related to the transaction

Why do I need a Solicitor when I move house?

As the list of duties above demonstrates, the Conveyancing process can be complex and serves to protect those involved in buying or selling property from any hidden costs or other unforeseen pitfalls.

Factors such as flood risks, public right of way and boundary disputes, although not always immediately apparent, can all affect your ability to complete a property transaction. A Solicitor will check all these issues and ensure you are fully informed before you finally decide to buy or sell a property.

Here at Whiskers LLP, our team of property specialists have been facilitating property sales and purchases in the residential property market for over 150 years. We have offices in Epping, Harlow and Bishops Stortford

If you have a property to buy or sell and are looking for professional Conveyancing, or if you still have questions about what Conveyancing involves, why not contact us for a quote.

Harlow: 01279 439439
Epping: 01992 561111
Stortford: 01279 501550

By Mark Case
Whiskers LLP Conveyancing Team