Once your offer has been accepted on your new property, contact us and we'll send you an engagement letter which will include a request for two forms of identification (for each named buyer).
We will also send a letter to the developer's solicitors confirming that we are acting on your behalf and requesting they provide a contract package including a draft contract.
For more information see our article 'How to Choose the Right Conveyancing Firm and Compare Conveyancing Quotes' or view our Conveyancing Price guide.
We check the developer’s title and raise any necessary enquiries with the developer's solicitors.
We will check that your new property benefits from the relevant planning permission and building regulations approval and we will check the New Build warranty offered by the developer.
We carry out a number of searches on the property. These searches will depend on the location of the property, your requirements and your lender's requirements.
We check your mortgage offer and let you know of any special conditions of which you should be aware.
If any incentives have been agreed with the developer e.g. your stamp duty being paid or additional items included, we will report these to your mortgage lender for their approval.
If you are buying with the assistance of the Help to Buy Scheme, we will also need to check that your mortgage lender is aware of this and that the scheme requirements are complied with.
Once we have received and reviewed the title, your mortgage offer, the search results and the replies to any enquiries raised, we will prepare a report for you and arrange for you to sign the purchase paperwork. We will also request the deposit from you.
If you are buying with the assistance of the Help to Buy Scheme, we will apply to the Help to Buy Agent for their authority to exchange contracts.
We contact the developer’s solicitors to exchange contracts. Once both parties have signed and dated a copy of the contract they are both legally bound to the completion date. Often with a New Build property the completion date may not be fixed on exchange of contracts and completion will be on notice.
The signed contracts are then exchanged by post, and your deposit cheque is sent to the developer's solicitors.
We will carry out a bankruptcy search (if you are having a mortgage) and a Land Registry priority search.
We will request your mortgage advance and any balance money from you.
If you are buying with the assistance of the Help to Buy Scheme, we will apply to the Help to Buy Agent for the Help to Buy money to be released.
On the day of completion we will arrange for the purchase money to be sent to the developer's solicitors. Once received, the purchase is complete and you can move in!
For more information, see our post 'What happens on completion day?'
We deal with post-completion formalities, like registering the property in your name at the Land Registry, arranging for the New Build warranty to be issued and submitting the Stamp Duty Land Tax Transaction Return, so you can focus on enjoying your new home.
Government Announces Stamp Duty Holiday
As you may have heard, the Government has today announced changes to the stamp duty payable in England and Northern Ireland. This means reduced rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) will apply for residential properties purchased from 8 July 2020 until 31 March 2021 inclusive.
BHW Once Again Named East Midlands’ Most ‘Highly Commended’ Conveyancing Firm
BHW has received the award for the East Midlands’ most 'highly commended' conveyancing firm for the second year running.
BHW Shortlisted for Conveyancing Firm of the Year
BHW Solicitors have been shortlisted for Regional Conveyancing Firm of the Year 2019.
Buyers and Tenants Beware
All you need to know about the government-backed Help to Buy Scheme in our handy guide.
Buying and selling New Build properties can be confusing. Cut through the jargon with our helpful glossary.
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