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It is common to experience some delays in your conveyancing process, whether by you or the other side. Here are some common pitfalls we regularly see in the conveyancing process and how you can avoid them.

Going it alone

Yes, you can technically deal with conveyancing matters yourself but unless you’re very experienced, it’s not recommended. Navigating the process is a skilled and time-consuming task, and one that can easily go wrong! Avoid costly delays and headaches by letting our thorough team of professionals take care of matters for you.

Incomplete Forms

The conveyancing process involves a considerable amount of paperwork for you to complete. Any delays in signing and returning paperwork will affect the speed of your sale or purchase. When completing forms, it’s crucial that you study the detail. Our advice is to take your time to read all the documentation and return everything to us as soon as possible, ensuring every question has been answered and you have signed where you need to.

Planning permission problems

A lack of planning permission and documentation for common home improvements like loft conversions, conservatories and porches can cause delays to the conveyancing process. In some cases, sellers may be asked to purchase an indemnity policy to cover works. Ensure that you have all documentation for all alterations that have been made. If you are unsure or unaware of whether work has the appropriate planning documentation, you can check with your local authority.

Failure to provide Identification

Failing to provide the correct ID when requested, can delay proceedings. Examples of identification we can accept include a current passport, driving license, or council tax bill. We have a digital ID verification system called eCOS. With eCOS, there’s no longer a need for you to provide your documents in-person, it can all be done on your phone, laptop or tablet.

Funds Issues

Conveyancing involves large sum money transfers, so your finances must be in order. If we don’t have access to cleared funds, the process will be delayed. It is also very important to provide proof your source of funds to avoid any further delays. We don’t just need to see bank statements showing where your funds are, but we also have to know how it got there. Sometimes that means a lot of questions, which can feel intrusive, but it is all part of the anti-money laundering regulations. Without this evidence and information, we cannot proceed Proving source of funds is a regulatory requirement and the source of the funds you are using cannot be proven, your purchase will not be able to proceed.

Throughout the conveyancing process, no matter of delays, we will keep you informed of any progress and address any concerns or issues that arise, ensuring a smooth and legally compliant transaction. It’s essential to choose a reputable and experienced solicitor to guide you through the conveyancing process and we are very proud to have a thorough and professional conveyancing team.

You can contact us for a free no obligation quote on 0161 980 6099 or speak to our conveyancing solicitor directly on [email protected].