Property searches are less dramatic than it sounds. Find out how this part of the legal process works.
Whether you’re buying or selling a house, you should instruct a solicitor or conveyancer to oversee the legal side of the transaction. One aspect of their job is to carry out searches on the property you wish to buy.
But what does that mean? Essentially, searches are the various checks your solicitor will undertake to determine whether there is any good reason not to buy the property.
Your solicitors’ searches will begin after you’ve had an offer accepted on a property.
From this point onwards, the searches should take several weeks (typically more than a month). Bear in mind that you’ll have plenty of other tasks to keep you occupied in the meantime, such as getting your mortgage approved, and organising a survey on the property.
Got any burning questions? Read our guide to the legal process of buying and selling a home.
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