Residential Property Sales and Purchases

We care about you and your property

Whether you are selling or buying a property, we will support and guide you through the conveyancing process as your trusted advisors. If the sale or purchase is of your main home, investment or holiday property, it is likely to be one of your most valuable assets and it is our role to protect this important asset and help you achieve your sale or purchase successfully.

You will be in skilled hands with our experienced residential property team who.

  • Believe in a personal approach and encourage both face-to-face and virtual meetings through the process;
  • Commit to keeping you informed of progress via email, phone and text;
  • Are specialists in residential conveyancing and have the skills and determination to make sure no stone is left unturned;
  • Will guide you through every step of the conveyancing process and do our utmost to achieve your preferred timescale for completion;
  • Work as a team and are available and accessible in supporting you through this important process which often has implications for schools, business, moving plans and family arrangements.

To obtain an instant quote for your sale or purchase, please Click here.

We welcome a further discussion with you so please contact Elizabeth Priestley or Kerry Webster.

A summary of the conveyancing process

We hope you will instruct Temple Heelis’ specialist residential property team and we look forward to working with you.

The average time required to complete a sale or purchase, from notification of sale to completion, is usually in the region of 8 -12 weeks.  As the circumstances of each transaction are different, your transaction may complete sooner or later than this average timescale.

Working with you, this is the process we will provide for your sale or purchase:


  • Obtain title documents and completed property information forms from you, check the title for discrepancies.
  • Obtain the pre-registration deeds for the property, if any and, if there is a mortgage on the property, order a redemption statement.
  • Draft a contract and send to the buyer’s solicitor together with your property information forms, title documents and copies of planning consents, guarantees etc.  Request enquiries from the buyer’s solicitor.
  • Agree the terms of the contract and respond to enquiries from the buyer’s solicitor, obtaining your instructions where necessary
  • Obtain a signed contract from you and agree dates for exchange of contracts and completion on your behalf
  • Provide you with a financial completion statement for your approval.
  • Exchange contracts – creating a binding legal agreement to complete
  • Obtain a signed transfer deed from you and make final pre-completion checks
  • Complete your sale and, if applicable, redeem any mortgages and secured loans and pay estate agent fees
  • Deal with post completion matters including sending deeds to the buyer’s solicitor


  • Contact the seller’s solicitor to request the draft contract and supporting paperwork.
  • Submit searches on your behalf.
  • Examine your mortgage offer and satisfy your lender’s conditions (if applicable)
  • Examine the draft contract pack provided by the seller’s solicitor, check the title to the sale property and raise enquiries with the seller’s solicitor to ensure that your interests as a purchaser are protected.
  • When our enquiries are completed, report to you with our findings to enable you to make an informed decision on proceeding with your purchase.
  • Send documents for your signature ahead of exchange of contracts and provide a completion statement showing the monies required from you to complete the matter.
  • Agree dates for exchange of contracts and completion all parties.
  • Obtain deposit funds and signed documents from you and obtain your authority to proceed to exchange of contracts.
  • Exchange contracts with the seller’s solicitor in order to secure a binding agreement and a completion date.
  • Carry out pre-completion searches, obtain mortgage funds (if applicable) and the balance to complete from you.
  • On the day of completion, send purchase monies to the seller’s solicitor and inform you when completion has taken place and keys have been made available to you.
  • Pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (if any) on your behalf and register your ownership of the property at HM Land Registry.
  • Following registration, send copies of the title documents to you and your mortgage lender (if applicable) and close your file.

For further information or an initial consultation, please contact Elizabeth Priestley or Kerry Webster.