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Consumer Information

Why are we providing this information?

The Information provided below is provided to enable you make an Informed Choice before instructing us.

Key stages :

Choosing your Conveyancer

In the first instance, prior to instructing us, we recommend that you obtain a full detailed quote from our website to enable you to budget for the cost of our services. Appointing a conveyancer is one of the most important steps on the journey to your new home, and it’s vital to choose well. With Peter Robinson & Co, the process is smooth and stress-free.

Preparing the paperwork

If you have appointed Peter Robinson & Co congratulations you have made the right choice. We will get to work immediately preparing the paperwork this will be sent out to you and the solicitors acting for your buyer/seller. To avoid delays please ensure you return the documentation to us as quickly as possible.

Legal Work

We’ll go through all the paperwork with a fine-toothed comb, and we’ll raise and respond to any queries about the property with the other party’s solicitor. This can be the most time-consuming element of the process as we’re dependent on how quickly the other party’s solicitor responds to us. At this stage, if you’re buying and need a mortgage your mortgage lender will ask you to purchase buildings insurance for your new home before contracts are exchanged, so it’s worth looking at this as early as possible.

Preparing for exchange of contracts

With all the searches and enquiries completed we will be in a position to invite you to attend to sign the contract for your purchase of if a sale we will have replies to all enquiries from the buyers conveyancer.  When attending our office we will go through all documentation with you and sign contract and mortgage documentation if applicable in readiness to proceed. we will then be in a position to request your deposit from you in readiness for exchange of contracts and fix a completion date. If selling we can see you to sign the contract and Transfer document and we will then speak to the conveyancer for the buyer to try and arrange a suitable completion date.

Exchanging Contracts

We will exchange contracts for you and at this point the completion date agreed by you and the other party becomes legally binding.

If you are in a chain, everyone else within it will also go through the same process.

Day of Completion

This is the day if you are selling that you move out of your property and leave the keys with your estate agent. Once the monies are received by ourselves from the buyers conveyancer we will authorise your estate agents to release the keys. We will repay any existing mortgage on the property and account to you the balance money as quickly as possible. If purchasing a property we will obtain from you any balance monies and any mortgage fund from any bank or building society in good time for completion. We will forward by bank transfer the monies required to complete your purchase to the sellers conveyancer, you will then be able to obtain your keys to your new property usually from the selling estate agent.

It is advisable to take care when agreeing a completion date to ensure that you leave yourself sufficient time to make the moving arrangements. Such as instructing house removers, hiring a van and any other arrangements necessary to effect a smooth move.

Post completion formalities

After you move in your house we will deal with the registration of the title of the property in your name, pay any relevant stamp duty Land Tax and send you a copy of the title documentation to your property once the same is completed by HM Land Registry. The time for this registration can vary from a couple of weeks to a few months. Please keep all documentation we send to you safe for future reference.

How long does it take?

It is very difficult to predict exact time scales for a property transaction as it depends on many variables including the length of the chain. To avoid disappointment, you should probably expect the process to take between 3-4 months.

Your file will be handled by one of our teams that are led by a Conveyancing Manager and supported by a Licensed Conveyancer/ Legal Executive and up to 6 other members of staff, being either conveyancers or conveyancing assistants.
You will be advised of the name of the person dealing with your file when you receive our initial letter.