Conveyancing and residential property

Our conveyancing and residential property lawyers and legal experts will expertly guide you through the process of moving house in what can be an incredibly stressful time.

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What we offer

Handling your house sale or purchase

How our conveyancing solicitors and legal experts work

We provide you with a dedicated conveyancer to expertly handle your sale or purchase and keep you up to date from start to finish. Whether you’re based in one of our office locations, Stockport, Chester,  Macclesfield and Congleton, further afield in the North West or indeed anywhere in England and Wales, we can help you through the conveyancing process.

We can also advise you on other residential property matters, such as co-ownership, first registrations, leasehold properties, and re-mortgages.


What is conveyancing?

Conveyancing is the legal transfer of a property from one owner to another and leasing or mortgaging a property. During the process a conveyancer completes a number of key stages to ensure the property is ready to exchange contracts and complete the transaction. They also aim to ensure all third parties, e.g. mortgage lenders and estate agents, are up to date to avoid unnecessary delays.


An overview of the conveyancing process for a standard sale and purchase transaction
  • Instructions are taken and ID and source of any funding checked to begin proceedings.
  • The seller’s lawyer obtains details of the property’s title, prepares the contract and sends it to the buyer’s lawyer for approval with supporting documentation including forms completed by the seller.
  • The buyer’s lawyer carries out searches and makes enquiries on the contract. This involves requesting a number of searches e.g. local authority search, and environmental and water searches, to find out more information about the property.
  • The buyer’s lawyer reviews the search results, the title and the contract to raise any concerns or questions with the seller’s lawyer. He/she may also review any legal issues raised by the survey.
  • Once the seller’s lawyer has responded to the enquiries and the buyer’s lawyer and buyer are both happy the contract is approved.
  • The buyer’s lawyer normally also acts for the mortgage lender if the buyer is taking a mortgage and reports to the lender on the title.
  • All parties prepare for exchange of contract. Contracts are signed and exchanged with the other side at which point the completion (moving) date is fixed.
  • The buyer’s lawyer prepares for completion. This includes carrying out final searches and requesting any mortgage advance. Deeds are prepared and sent to the parties to sign.
  • Completion – funds are transferred and keys are handed over,  The buyer’s lawyer pays the stamp duty and registers the purchase with the Land Registry.
Our team of conveyancing solicitors and legal experts

We provide you with a dedicated conveyancer to carry out your house sale or purchase.

We believe communication is key; you are given your conveyancer’s direct dial and email address at the beginning of the process and we will send you regular updates by phone, email and text. We also have a number of highly experienced support staff on hand to assist the conveyancers with your sale or purchase.

Our team is accredited by the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) which provides house buyers and sellers with a trusted conveyancer who has the technical expertise and best practice skills to guide them through the conveyancing process.


When it comes to costs, we offer a fixed price for our legal fees so that there are no unexpected costs.

There will also be third party costs to pay during the conveyancing process, these are costs which we incur on your behalf for items such as searches and stamp duty. All costs, including those from third parties, will be fully explained to you before any work is carried out.

Read more about our conveyancing costs. 

Why work with us

Why choose SAS Daniels as your conveyancing and residential property solicitors?

You will have your own dedicated conveyancer to take you through the process. We keep you informed every step of the way so you know exactly what’s going on. Every member of our team is personable, professional and approachable.

Conveyancing frequently asked questions

View the most frequently asked conveyancing questions that we get at SAS Daniels.
  • What can you expect on the date of completion?

    On the completion date, the following will occur: The purchase price is paid to the seller’s conveyancer. If there is a mortgage, the mortgage lender sends the mortgage money. If you are the seller, your mortgage is paid off from the money received from the buyer’s solicitor. When the monetary transaction is complete, the buyer collects the keys to the property from the estate agent (or seller directly, if no estate agent is used).
  • What are Title Deeds?

    This is the name given to the set of documents that prove the ownership of a property. Nowadays an Office Copy Entry (OCE) is the only document that is considered a Title Deed and it is conclusive on ownership of properties. It is only if a property is unregistered that we require the original deeds.
  • What is a freehold property?

    A freehold property is one which is owned permanently by a person. There are very seldom any lengthy restrictions and usually an owner can do what they like with freehold properties, subject to planning permission and other legal requirement.
  • What is a leasehold property?

    A leasehold property is one where there is limited ownership for example a person can have a property for 99 years only or 125 years and some leases are as long as 999 years. These are generally flats and maisonettes. They have a lengthy document called a ‘lease’ which states in detail what a person can do with a property and what they cannot. For example, it may state whether pets can be kept in the flat, whether the floor must have carpet, how often the flat must be painted. Leases can also limit the period for which a flat can be rented.
  • What is a Transfer Deed (TR1)?

    The Transfer Deed (TR1) is the legal document which transfers the ownership of the property from the seller to the buyer. The Transfer Deed must be signed in the presence of independent witness, such as a neighbour or friend, who must state their full name and address next to the client’s signature. If you would prefer to, you can attend your conveyancing firm’s office to have this witnessed by one of the solicitors at the firm.
  • What’s the difference between exchange and completion?

    Contracts are exchanged once there is an agreement between the seller and buyer to sell/buy the property, all aspects of the transaction have been dealt with and a date for completion has been agreed. Once contracts have been exchanged the transaction is legally binding, meaning both parties must complete on a date agreed; however, there still remain some final formalities to be taken care of on the completion date. Once the formalities are complete, the buyer can move into their new home.
  • When should I instruct a conveyancer?

    If you are selling property, you should instruct a conveyancer before you put your home on the market. On the other hand, if you are planning on buying a house you should instruct a conveyancer as soon as possible after your offer has been accepted. However, it's advisable to start making your selection and getting quotes before making an offer, this way the conveyancer can start the process much earlier.
  • When do I get the keys?

    These are usually left with the estate agents (if any) and the buyer collects them once the money has been paid over on the day of completion. If there are no estate agents (or this is not convenient), the seller will hand them directly to the buyer.
  • How long will the process take?

    Conveyancing is one of the most time-consuming aspects of any home move. If the property is empty and the buyer does not require a mortgage, a sale or purchase can be completed within a few days. However, this is very unusual and it is more likely a mortgage will need to be approved and there will be a chain of transactions to contend with. If this is the case, then it usually takes between 6-8 weeks to exchange contracts and then another 2-4 weeks between exchange of contracts and completion. This makes the process a total of 8-12 weeks from start to finish. We understand the pressured timescales involved in property transactions and we do all we can to progress the transaction as quickly as possible.

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