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Guide to conveyancing

Conveyancing

When you’re looking to move home it’s important to keep everything as straightforward as possible.  Goodfellows in-house conveyancers are ideally placed to help you move.  With the ability to access all the important documents online and email your designated conveyancer, you can minimise the stress levels.


Our panel lawyers promise to make sure your home move is as quick, straightforward and stress-free as possible by offering -

  • An Internet, email, telephone and post based service.
  • Clear and independent professional advice is provided in plain English.
  • There are no surprises - the costs are provided up front.
  • No move - no legal fee - If your move doesn't go ahead you won't have to pay any legal fees.


Introducing the future of conveyancing... The new eWay service provided by Goodfellows Conveyancing gives clients access to their conveyancing file from their computer or mobile phone -

  • No more postal delays.
  • Initial instruction forms completed online.
  • All your legal and mortgage documentation available to read and download as soon as they have prepared it, including your contract and deeds.
  • Online payment system so no more sending cheques in the post.
  • Document upload facility so no need to send your starter pack documents and identification through the post.
     

To use this service all we need is an email address and mobile telephone number.
 All Goodfellows panel lawyers are regulated by either the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.

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Frequently asked questions

How much will conveyancing cost?

Conveyancing’ sounds like boring legal stuff, but it’s everything that needs to happen to make the property officially yours. It can be a confusing process and you need a solicitor to make it happen. Goodfellows can introduce you to a solicitor and offer a no sale no fee conveyancing service with a guaranteed fixed price to keep everything easy. Contact your local branch to receive an accurate quote for how much this will cost.

What is conveyancing?

Conveyancing’ is everything that needs to happen to legally transfer your home to the buyer. You will need a solicitor to make it happen. Goodfellows can introduce you to a solicitor. It’s a no sale no fee conveyancing service offered at a fixed price so you know where you stand.

How long will it take ?

The conveyancing process differs from property to property and the amount of time your move will take will also depend on the number of people in the chain. On average you would expect a house move to take between eight and 12 weeks.

How much will it cost?

The law firm will advise you of any charges in advance of you instructing them. You can obtain a schedule of conveyancing costs. Price should not necessarily be the critical factor in appointing your law firm. The service they will offer you will be critical during what can be a complex process. Our law firms will work with us to ensure that you are kept up to date and that everything is explained clearly.

Who will handle my conveyancing?

Our law firms all employ qualified specialist property lawyers. You will also have a dedicated case handler and a direct dial to them and their assistant ensuring that there is always someone to talk to.

What do I do if there is a problem?

In the unlikely event that there is a problem you can call your local Goodfellows branch who will be able to liaise with the law firm and ensure that you are fully aware of any issues and what is being done to resolve matters and what timeline to expect.

What happens if the sale/purchase falls through?

Again this is unlikely but if this should occur you will not have any legal fees to pay and for sellers Goodfellows will immediately re-market the property to find alternative buyers. Our conveyancing service for buyers means you won’t even have to pay for search fees on a second property as we will pay these for you.

What happens if I change my mind about selling or buying?

Until contracts are exchanged either party can withdraw at any time. There would be no legal fee to pay because of our No Sale No Legal Fee promise.

What will I need to provide the law firm?

Sellers : The law firm will require Identification which we can help with – you can call into your local Goodfellows branch office and we will take copies and a financial advisor will certify them – please phone in advance to ensure that they are available. You should also supply any paperwork such as planning consents, letters received from the local authority and any guarantees for products which are staying, eg double glazing. If you hold the title deeds these should be sent by Recorded Delivery but most properties are now registered at the Land Registry and proof of ownership can be obtained electronically.

Buyers : You must also supply identification and again our local branch can assist. You also need to pay the search fees when you instruct the law firm to avoid delays.

What's the difference between freehold and leasehold?

A freehold property is owned by you outright and no one else has any interest in any part of the building (other than a lender who may have a mortgage). A leasehold property is where part or all of a building is granted to you for a specified period of time, eg 99 years for a standard flat after which ownership reverts to the Landlord. Leasehold properties often carry obligations to contribute to maintenance of shared areas, eg car parks lifts stairways and there will  be a requirement to pay ground rent to the landlord.