Step 7: Legal work


You’ll need a solicitor or licensed conveyancer to help with the legal aspects of selling your home.

When choosing a solicitor/licensed conveyancer make sure you:

  • ask for a full breakdown of their costs
  • check they’ll be available to do all the work when you’ll need them to, and
  • ask how often they will keep you updated and whether they’ll do so by phone, email or letter.
1 Title deeds+

These are the official documents that prove you own your home. Your solicitor will need these either from yourself or, if you have a mortgage, from your lender.

2 Property information form+

You’ll need to provide details of your home, including any planning permission, which fixtures and fittings you intend to leave and if your home is leasehold.

3 Draft contract+

The solicitor/licensed conveyancer will draw up a draft contract from all the information you’ve given them and send it to your buyer’s solicitor for approval. Checks will be done at this point to make sure the money is in place to buy your home and a completion date is agreed.

4 Completed contract+

This is drawn up when all checks have been done. Make sure you read the contract carefully and understand what’s included before signing it.

5 Exchange contracts+

The buyer signs their copy of the contract and the conveyancing teams ‘exchange’ contracts. At this point the contract is legally binding.

6 Completion+

On the agreed completion date, your solicitor/licensed conveyancer will get the money from your buyer’s solicitor. You need to make sure you move out on this date and have the keys ready at the agreed time.

Important Information


All applications are subject to status and our leading criteria. This means that the ammount we will lend you will not depend on your individual circumstances, the type of property and the ammount you borrow. For example, we nay require a higher deposit if you are buying a flat or a new built property.