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What does a conveyancer do for the seller?

If you’re selling a property in the UK, you’ll need to instruct a conveyancer to work on your behalf during the sale process. A conveyancer is a legal expert who handles the sale of property and looks after all parties’ interests. The seller’s conveyancer will work with the buyer’s conveyancer to ensure that all legal…

What Is An EPC And Why Do I Need It?

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In a time when it is not uncommon to be obsessed with energy prices and the usage of fuel, heating and lighting, EPCs or Energy Performance Certificates may just be more important now than ever. These certificates are essential and it is even against the law not to have one when marketing for sales or…

How to check that a house is energy efficient before buying it

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The soaring energy and property prices alongside environmental concerns have meant that home buyers across the UK are paying more attention to energy efficiency when purchasing new homes. Buying an energy-efficient home has many benefits, including saving on lower utility expenses, reducing your carbon footprint, and improving your overall quality of life. What is an…

How to protect yourself from property fraud

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Your house is undoubtedly one of the most valuable assets you own, so what can you do to ensure you keep the fraudsters away?   Unfortunately, property fraud is on the rise and due to the variety of fraud methods nowadays, anyone can fall victim to these scams. Anyone who is a homeowner or is in…

What Are the Different Types of Homebuyer Surveys?

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As a homebuyer, the excitement and thrill of purchasing your dream house can overshadow the expenses involved to repair or renovate your new property. However, a homebuyer survey can come to your aid as it will give you a better idea of how much you need to invest in the house to avoid any unexpected…

Top 6 Tips for viewing and buying a house

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Buying a house is one of the most exciting milestones in our lives, but one of the biggest purchases we’ll ever make at the same time. However, it can be easy to get swept by the bigger picture and forget about the little details that you should check when viewing a property.  It’s essential that…

Tips to prepare your home for sale

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Saying goodbye to a property is never an easy decision, and the process of selling your home might seem daunting at first.   Getting the right buyer to connect with your home and visualise themselves living in the space along with their family is more than pure luck – it takes hard work and preparation. You…

What is a transfer of equity?

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Do you want to give your partner or children a stake in your property? How about moving in together with a roommate and you want to share the property together?   If you want to change who has legal ownership of your home without selling your property on the market, you’ll need to go through the…

The Different Types of Mortgage & Their Key Benefits Explained

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As a first-time homebuyer, choosing the right type of mortgage that will perfectly suit your needs can often be a challenge. However, how much do you know about the different types of mortgages available and how they work?   With 5 partners and over 90 staff, based in our Stockport offices, our specialist legal teams work…

What is Stamp Duty and Why Do You Need it?

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Are you ready to take the next step and buy your own property but you’re not sure about the costs involved? As a homeowner, there are many things you need to consider before getting the keys to your new property. For instance, there are certain taxes you have to pay, depending on the size and…

Why should you use a trusted solicitor for your conveyancing?

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Choosing a trusted conveyancing solicitor to help buy or sell your residential property is a vital decision to get right. Instructing an experienced solicitor will mean your transaction will be: Smoother More efficient More cost-effective A few decades ago buyers or sellers didn’t have much choice apart from the solicitors that were on their local…

12 mistakes to avoid as a first-time buyer

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Mistake #1: Not choosing an experienced conveyancing solicitor By using an experienced solicitor for your conveyancing, the transaction for a first-time buyer will be more efficient, and cost-effective not to mention a smoother, less complicated process. All solicitors are qualified to do conveyancing, but not all will have experience in this area, so choose somewhere…