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How to find a solicitor

Buying a new home means going through a number of legal processes, so you’re going to need an expert to help you along the way. One term you’re likely to come across is conveyancing – this refers to all the legal and administrative work that’s needed to transfer a home from one owner to another. You have two options when choosing someone to deal with the legal aspects of buying your new home: a solicitor or a conveyancer.

Legal costs for your new home

There are all sorts of legal processes that need to be completed before you own your new home. In most cases, you will be charged for these services, so we’ve put together a list of some of the costs you’re likely to come across.

our step-by-step guide to the legal process of buying a home

As soon as you’ve reserved your new home, it’s time for the legal process to begin. Each step needs to be fully completed so that by the end of the process, the home is legally yours.

Understanding Stamp Duty

Stamp Duty, officially known as Stamp Duty Land Tax, is a tax you will need to pay when you buy a home valued at more than £125,000 if you’re a current homeowner, or more than £300,000 if you’re a first-time buyer.

This tax covers the cost of legally registering your home with Land Registry. HMRC will send out a certificate to complete this process – and they won’t be able to do this until you have paid your Stamp Duty.

Understanding surveys and valuations

When you buy a home, there are procedures in place to make sure it turns out to be everything you hoped it would. Two you are likely to come across are surveys and valuations, which are designed to alleviate any concerns you may have about your new home before you decide to make an offer or place a reservation.

Insurance for new homeowners

Insurance is designed to give you peace of mind and financial support when the unexpected happens. There are many different types available, so take a look at the different types of insurance available, before deciding how much cover you’re likely to need.

Budgeting for everyday costs in your new home

When you move into your new home, there will be a number of expenses to factor into your budget. Some of them will need to be paid for monthly, while you might receive the bill for others on a quarterly or yearly basis.
It’s easy to put together a budget, especially if you know how much you will need to pay out and when.
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