Buying & Selling Your Home


Buying or selling your home is not only one of the biggest financial commitments you are ever likely to make, but also one of life’s more stressful experiences. At Andrew & Andrew Solicitors Ltd, with 60 years’ of experience, we have a team of efficient and experienced staff who will ensure that your move completes as smooth and hassle-free as possible.

We are pleased to have been awarded accreditation and membership to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) which recognises high standards and sets the quality mark for residential conveyancing work. By instructing Andrew & Andrew Solicitors, you can be assured that you will receive a reliable and professional service which meets this standard.

Our friendly and approachable Conveyancing team are here to assist you and answer any queries you may have. You will be assigned an individual conveyancing lawyer or executive who will personally deal with your transaction from start to finish. If your lawyer or executive is unavailable, one of the team will be there to help you at any point, answering those worrying questions.

We adopt a pro-active approach by communicating with you and all other parties in the chain regularly, to ensure that progression to exchange of contracts is speedy. We have also built strong working relationships with local estate agents to ensure that any problems which arise are solved quickly.

We are committed to providing a fast, dedicated and personal service to all clients to meet your individual property needs. We will keep you thoroughly updated throughout the transaction and work hard to meet your specific requirements and timescales.

Whether you are buying or selling a house or a flat, entering into a shared ownership scheme, exercising your right to buy from the local council, or even buying or selling a property at auction; Andrew & Andrew have been assisting homeowners in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas for nearly 60 years.

We can also act on your behalf in respect of re-mortgaging your property, transfers of equity, lease extensions, the drafting of declarations of trusts, joint ownership advice and more complex property arrangements. We can cater for all aspects of property concerns.

Please get in touch with the Conveyancing team today. Contact us by email at conveyancing@a2law.co.uk, or by telephone on local rate 023 9267 5555 or freephone 0800 083 6499.

How to Prepare Your Property for Sale

De-clutter

Remove all the excess items that have accumulated over the years. People need to be able to envisage what the property would look like if they were living there; they are buying into a lifestyle as much as a property.

Kerb appeal

Stand out the front of your property and see what you can do to give it the wow factor. First impressions of your property will make up a buyer’s mind instantly.

Clean the windows, tidy the front garden, fix any broken gates or doors and give the front of your property a lick of paint.

Fix and clean

Make any minor repairs necessary such as holes in the walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles and torn or threadbare carpets. Many buyers want to move in without making changes. Clean everything until it sparkles. Get rid of limescale, clean and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, get rid of all odours and hang up fresh towels.

Update the kitchen and bathroom

The kitchen and bathroom are the most valuable rooms in a property and can make the difference when buyers are unsure. Consider painting your kitchen cabinets, de-clutter the surfaces and hide all unnecessary toiletries.

Create the right ambience

Bad smells are the biggest turn off for prospective buyers so fix the source of the smell. Clean drains, wash bins, open windows and wash bed covers. Make your home alluring with the smell of baked bread or cakes or perhaps brew some fresh coffee. Light a fire or burn some pinecones to create warmth into your home and make it inviting. Plants and flowers bring life, light and colour into a room and also smell wonderful.

The viewings

Make sure that you are not present when a prospective buyer comes to view your home; this is what you are paying your estate agent for and buyers do not like to view properties whilst the owners are there!

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Landlord and Tenant

There is always going to be a time when as a Landlord or Tenant you will require professional legal help concerning a rented property. Andrew & Andrew can assist with all aspects of the Law in this regard including Tenancy agreements, rights and responsibilities, repairs, rent disputes, deposits, anti-social behaviour and ending a Tenancy agreement.