When to contact conveyancing solicitors in Portsmouth


Your first home is the mark of a momentous occasion in your life. Buying a house is one thing, but finding a home is another. In either case, eventually, you stumble across a potential home that catches your eye. It might have the garden space you always wanted, or the location is ideal. Whatever the reason, unless you have been very fortunate, your search for just the right home seems to be nearing an end. Except it hasn’t. Now you must make an offer to the seller and buy the house. This is where we come in. Our conveyancing solicitors in Portsmouth will lead you through the legal process of making an offer and proceeding to buy the house. In fact, most lenders require that you use a solicitor to handle all the legal aspects of the process.

There is another time when one might need to contact our conveyancing solicitors in Portsmouth, and that is when selling a house. Moving is also a significant event in one’s life and can be quite stressful. Again it is recommended you hire professionals for the process as this can be a complicated process. Here at Andrew and Andrew, with over 60 years of experience, our high standards and drive for quality has awarded us the accreditation of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS).

What does your solicitor do, exactly?

Your solicitor will handle the contracts, give legal advice, conduct local searches, deal with the land registry, and transfer the funds to pay for your property. Of course, this depends on what specific tasks you need your conveyance solicitor to complete. For example, our conveyancing solicitors in Portsmouth also handle remortgaging of properties, draft declarations of trust, lease extensions, advice on joint ownership, and more complex property arrangements.

Handling the contracts

A significant step in property acquirement is the drawing up of documents and transferring the Title of Ownership. If selling your property, our solicitors would then draw up the Contract of Sale document.

Giving legal advice

Giving good legal advice is something we pride ourselves on at Andrew and Andrew. As your solicitors, we will ensure you understand the legal proceedings and are informed in making the best decisions regarding your situation.

Carrying out local council searches

When buying a property, there is an obligation on the seller’s behalf to disclose any relevant information such as defects or restrictions. However, the seller is not legally bound to this. Therefore our solicitors will carry out local council searches to find out important information such as planning permission.

Land registry or registry with deeds

Land registry or registry with deeds are two systems of dealing with documents. Our solicitors will know which one is relevant and carry out all the necessary checks.

Transfer of funds

Once your offer is accepted, it is known as ‘sale agreed’. The paid details are sent to both the buyer and the seller’s solicitors, as well as sending the deposit fee to the agent. If it is you buying your new home, your solicitor will arrange the house deposit and agree on the closing date to acquire the keys to your new home.

As you can see, it can be a long process in buying and selling a home, requiring a vast amount of legal paperwork. Rest assured at Andrew and Andrew, our conveyancing solicitors in Portsmouth will ensure that you experience the process as smoothly and as stress-free as possible.