New Build Conveyancing

Professional legal advice when you purchase a New Build property

New build conveyancing is a highly complicated conveyancing process. The legal paperwork can often be tricky to navigate and time consuming. Solicitors must have experience in areas such as planning permissions, building regulations, searches and more. Contact our conveyancing team today to get the help and reassurance you need on buying your new home.

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How is New Build Conveyancing Different to Other Processes?

New build conveyancing involves the purchase of a newly constructed or renovated home as opposed to an older existing property. Buying a new build property can pose more challenges than an older property. The timescale for a new build property is much tighter as there is no seller seeking a house to move to, therefore you can make your reservation deposit once you have found the right house. You might even purchase a property before construction has started. Once a deposit is made the house builder usually leaves just four weeks to exchange of contracts, after which your reservation may be lost. This is why it is important to instruct one of our experienced and knowledgeable solicitors who can understand the complexities of the new build process and to keep the purchase as stress-free as possible.

Making a Reservation Deposit

Once you have found a new home, you will be able to make a reservation deposit, the price of which depends on the property. This gives you time to apply for a mortgage if you need to. A mortgage tends to be the most time consuming aspect of a transaction. The deposit also allows for your conveyancer to carry out any searches needed. These searches allow your conveyancer to gather as much information as possible on the property and the area so that any possible factors that will affect the home are brought to attention before you legally own the property.

You should be aware that this does not permanently reserve the property for you and if you fail to act in time the seller can move the property on.

Exchanging Contracts

Due to the aforementioned timescale, you’re likely to be asked to be ready to exchange contracts within a set period of time, usually 28 days. It is important to remember this and it is best to discuss these timescales with your conveyancer in order to identify any potential issues as early as possible. Any issues can then be discussed with the housebuilder. You will pay a deposit upon exchange, the price of which varies. When making a deposit you should bear in mind that you may have to provide evidence of where your funds are coming from, such as bank statements, to your lender.

If the property is built or nearly finished, you may be given a similar timescale for legal completion. If the property is nowhere near finished, any information you receive about timescales for completing the build will be given in good faith, but can’t be relied on; it is common for build estimates to change during the building process.

When making a contract, it is important that you plan for any possible defects with the house if building work is still being carried out at the time by creating a snagging provision in your contract. By doing this, the information can then be given to the builders who can amend any problems before the final purchase.

Completion

The completion is usually ten days after the house has been built and the property is handed over to you. You should be provided copies of all the relevant guarantees. Mortgage funds will also be released at this stage.

 

Our Property Law Specialists

Sarah Cookson, Conveyancing Solicitor, Knaresborough

Sarah Cookson

Director & Solicitor

Richard Wisnia, New Build Conveyancing Solicitor, Leeds - Switalskis

Richard Wisnia

Director & Solicitor

Shabana Aslam, Conveyancing Solicitor, Huddersfield - Switalskis

Shabana Aslam

Associate Solicitor

Rahul Roy, Conveyancing Solicitor, Wakefield - Switalskis

Rahul Roy

Solicitor

Mark Thornton, Conveyancing Solicitor, Honley & Holmfirth

Mark Thornton

Solicitor

Briony Ely, Conveyancing Solicitor, Wakefield

Briony Ely

Solicitor

Christine Hardisty, Conveyancing Executive Leeds, Switalskis Solicitors

Christine Hardisty

Licensed Conveyancer

Lindsay Zabukas Conveyancing Bradford, Switalskis Solicitors

Lindsay Zabukas

Conveyancing Executive

Sarah Kent, Conveyancing Wakefield, Switalskis Solicitors

Sarah Kent

Associate Conveyancer

Angela Higgins, Conveyancing Pontefract, Switalskis Solicitors

Angela Higgins

Licensed Conveyancer

Melanie Hirst, Conveyancing Bradford, Switalskis

Melanie Hirst

Conveyancing Executive

How Can Switalskis Help Me?

We believe in giving you confidence no matter what stage of the property ladder you are on. Whether you are a first-time buyer or have more experience, we will make the process as simple for you to follow as possible. We will keep you updated throughout the process and work efficiently to ensure that all timescales are met. Our knowledgeable and dedicated New Build team have specific experience with new properties and you can rely on us to make your experience as stress-free as possible.

Contact us now on 0800 1380 458 to talk to a property solicitor and discuss your options today.

What our clients say

"A big thank you for all your professional support to Becky during the housing buying process. I know it hasn’t been easy for you and the sellers solicitors weren’t the best, but you have been great and it’s very much appreciated. You have been thorough, efficient and prompt throughout and I can’t recommend your professional service enough."

'Karen Burns' - Conveyancing Client

"Thank you for dealing so quickly and efficiently with our house completion. I recognise that we asked for a very quick turnaround and throughout you were both very supportive and on the front foot to make that happen. It was a pleasure dealing with you both on the purchase."

'RE' - Conveyancing Client

"The service throughout has been absolutely excellent."

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"With all the ups and downs of our sale, you guys were always there, professionally and efficiently making things work for us. We both really appreciate the level of service you provided. I wish you all the success in the future, as you deserve. Thank you"

'JW & KW' Conveyancing Clients

"I would recommend Switalskis to anyone who wants to buy a property. Sarah Cookson was very helpful."

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"Thanks to Maria for looking after us so well… we were really up to the 11th hour with getting the correct figures and the bank transfers sorted, but Maria worked with us in a totally professional way with great care, consideration – and a good sense of humour."

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