Private house sales / purchases/rented properties

Illustrative image of a toy house with a heart in the roofHome is where the heart is – that’s why at Wilkins Solicitors LLP we go the extra mile!

If you are buying or selling your home you will need an experienced lawyer to help you with the legal side.

Being Independent means that we do not pay Estate Agents to send us work, like some solicitors do – we are therefore  more competitive with our prices.  Our focus is on looking after our clients’ needs  and doing a proper professional job, guiding you right through the whole process from the start  through to completion.  That is why we have such experienced and friendly staff whom you will meet locally in person to talk it all through with you.

“Conveyancing” is basically  the transfer of legal title of property from one person to another, including sorting out your mortgage, lease or any other legal issues relating to the land.   There are three stages to the process – the exchange of  contract, the  completion and the registration of the title.

We offer reasonable charges compared with our competitors – please telephone us on 01296 424681 and ask for an estimate…

If you are the seller…

The earlier you contact us the quicker the sale process will take.   Working through what is known as the “Law Society’s Transaction scheme”, we will collect and prepare the property information which the buyer’s solicitor will need, obtain your deeds from your mortgage lender and prepare a draft contract.

If you are the buyer…

Illustrative image representing house sale of a family holding a For Sale sign with "Sold" across itWhen you have found your new home or property and agreed the price, that is when you should come to us.    Once instructed we can then start sorting the  legal stuff  out for you as soon as possible –  including carrying out “local searches”  and making “pre-contract enquiries”. If you need a mortgage, Wilkins Solicitors LLP is a Panel Solicitor for most building societies and banks. This means that we will normally be able to act for the lender as well as you, which minimises costs and helps to make the process as quick as possible.   You will need  a written offer of finance from your mortgage lender prior to exchanging contracts and may need the money for a deposit especially if you are a first time buyer.    We will check that all the conditions in the offer are satisfied before you are committed.

The mortgage lender will carry out a valuation of the property. A standard valuation is not a survey – it is merely a valuation report for the lender’s benefit. However, different types of survey are available, and we can discuss these with you and advise you of which one will suit your individual circumstances.

If you are buying jointly with a spouse or partner we can also advise you on how you might like to own the property between you for example by using what the lawyers call “a joint tenancy” or “a tenancy in common” as well as about “co-habitation agreements”.  We can advise you on all these matters and draw up the agreements if you decide you would like one.

As well as helping you to sort out the financing and how you would like to own the property, we will look at the information provided by the seller, help you to interpret technical documentation and advise you of any potential issues.

How much is this all going to cost?

We will provide you with an estimate of our costs at the outset.  If the value of the property you are buying and/or selling is £500,000 or less you use our online form to get a quotation for our professional fees.  If a property you are buying and/or selling is worth more than £500,000, please call Adrian on 01296 424681 for a quotation.  We will also give you details of Stamp Duty Land Tax, Land Registry fees and other expenses that go with the buying or selling of your home.

What about if you  just want to let or let out your property?

Whether you are a Landlord or a Tenant we can advise you an all aspects of this including advice on or drafting Assured Shorthold Tenancies,  Possession Proceedings and the Rent Deposit scheme.

What else can we help with at Wilkins Solicitors LLP?

As well as the more usual private house sales and purchases, Wilkins Solicitors LLP can also assist you with all other legal aspects of residential property, including:

  • Re-mortgages
  • Residential Leases and Tenancies
  • Rights of Way and Covenant Issues
  • Option Agreements for Land Sales
  • Key Worker Schemes
  • Shared Ownership Properties and Right to Buy.
  • The “Help to Buy” scheme for First Time Buyers.

To find out how we can help with the sale or purchase of your home, call us on 01296 424681 or complete our enquiry form.

Where can you come and see us for advice

Please note that although we mainly see clients at our Aylesbury offices, we can provide a solicitor to see you at home if you live in Buckingham, Milton Keynes or the surrounding villages. If you wish this to be arranged, please contact us on 01296 424681.

We can also arrange home visits around Aylesbury if you are unable to come into the office because you have a disability.


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