Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new  home including dealing with registration at the Land Registry  and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty ) if the property is in England or Land  Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property is in Wales.

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted  until you can move  in to your house  will  depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8 – 10 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a freehold property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 10 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 4 – 5 months or more. In such a situation additional charges would apply.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have listed the key stages:-

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Send out our client care pack to you.
  • Check finances are in place to fund the purchase
  • Receive and advise on contract documents.
  • Carry out searches.
  • Raise enquiries with the sellers solicitors and request any missing documentation, for example, planning permissions.
  • Review any management pack should the property by an apartment or subject to a service charge payment.
  • Make enquiries of a land lord should the property be leasehold and a ground rent payable
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of your mortgage offer and report to you.
  • Send final contract out to you for signature.
  • Draft a Transfer deed
  • Advise you on joint ownership
  • Agree a completion date.
  • Obtain your deposit funds
  • Exchange contracts and notify you this has happened.
  • Obtain pre completion searches
  • Prepare an invoice and completion statement .
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from the lender and you.
  • Complete the purchase
  • Deal with payment of stamp duty/land tax
  • Deal with application for registration at the Land Registry

Get in touch

If you would like to know more about how our tailored services can best suit your needs, do not hesitate to get in touch. Although based in Greater Manchester, we can provide high-quality legal assistance to those who need it around the UK. Call us today on 0161 929 3086, or fill in the online contact form.

Testimonials

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Excellent, professional and caring. Michaela and her colleagues made the whole process very easy.

Ms A

I have been using McHale and Co for both the sake of my property and the purchase of my new home. Joy handled my sale and was extremely professional, helpful and persevered when dealing with my buyers solicitors who were less than professional to deal with.
Phillippa was equally professional and extremely knowledgeable on purchasing new build properties due to her years of experience in this specialist area. She was supportive and gave me confidence that I was getting a first class service. Would use them again and recommend to my friends and family.

Ms. S

…in the midst of the most stressful situations, I have never felt the need to ‘nudge’ or urge action, I have always been confident in the reliability and consistency in the service received, especially from Liz Connolly.

Ms B

Extremely satisfied, I have already recommended. I first used the Will drafting service – Helen Green – then probate… clearly happy!

Ms W

Excellent Service provided by Michaela. Detailed, professional and approachable.

Ms J

Michaela is professional and confident in her field and at the same time I felt completely relaxed in her presence, a great asset to McHale & Co.

Mrs P

Always, without fail, returned email/telephone calls promptly. Thank you.

Mr D

Professional and efficient service with a personal touch.

Mr Y

Grace has been very helpful dealing our whole family, arranging wills and lasting powers of attorney. Excellent service.

Mrs N

I am very glad that I found your office and especially Helen Green. I enjoy dealing with people who know what they are doing.

Mr S

Grace Kennedy was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Updating our wills was a very smooth and efficient process.

Mr W

The service and communication provided by Michaela throughout the process of dealing with my mum’s estate has been exemplary.

Mr E

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