The pre-contract stage
Before you buy your new property we gather as much information as possible to ensure you have piece of mind that everything is just right for you. This is usually the most time consuming part of any residential purchase because we collect all of the information about the property to present to you prior to exchange of contracts so you can make an informed decision whether to go ahead.
We will usually be informed of the agreed price and the details of the vendor’s solicitors by the estate agent. The seller’s solicitors are given the same information and will then provide a contract pack to us. The pack will contain the contract, the legal title and information about the property. We check the legal aspects are in order and we may raise enquiries about the title deeds, the plan of the property and any practical elements such as boundaries or works that may have taken place over time. We may ask questions about any information the seller has provided and will look in detail at any ancillary documentation provided such as heating installation or planning permissions. The nature of any enquiries raised are specific to the property you are buying so there may only be a few, or they may be extensive. Either way we usually send information to you at this stage so you are fully aware of what we have found and you can raise any queries you may have.