We are often asked to provide conveyancing services for clients who want to move forward with the transaction as quickly as possible.

One fallacy about the conveyancing process is that if both parties agree to a moving date then it can be achieved. However in practice that is not always the case. Whilst our conveyancers/solicitors will work as quickly as they are able, where a lender is involved we also act on their behalf and we check legal title to the property to ensure it is good and marketable for the purchase. This is both for you as a client, but also for the lender’s security. Sometimes there are issues with legal titles, defective leases or issues that have arisen as a result of searches or surveys that mean that the conveyancing process is delayed or another party in a chain can be slow to respond.

Here are some tips & tricks to ensure that your conveyancing proceeds as smoothly as possible:-

Hire a trusted/recommended estate agent

  • They are experts in their field. On average most people sell a home once every seven years while agents do this on a daily basis. They understand the intricacies of the local market and will be able to provide evidence of the prices and type of properties they have sold locally.
  • They will usually have a network of contacts ready to buy particular properties in particular areas or even streets.
  • They can deal with potential buyers directly to prevent you from having to do this and can arrange visits at times to limit disruption (while you are at work for example).
  • They help take the emotion out of the transaction. This can be especially important when you are selling your own home.
  • They will deal with the advertising of the property (for example on Rightmove) to get the best exposure for the property.

Double-Check Everything You Fill Out

The residential conveyancing process involves a lot of paperwork and the more rapidly you respond to any requests for information, the sooner the solicitors can move to the next stage. We like to establish our clients’ preferred methods of communication from the outset, should that be telephone, email or letter. Email is usually our preferred method of communication due to the speed and the fact that all communication is accurately recorded. However, we are always at the end of the phone should that be the preferred method of communication. We tend to avoid postal letters where possible due to the delay this sometimes causes – however appreciate that some clients prefer that method of communication.

Please take time to ensure accuracy in the information you give and submit fully completed forms. Correcting mistakes or adding missing information will add time making the conveyancing process longer than necessary.

Hire a conveyancer/ conveyancing Solicitor

Getting a conveyancer is one of the best ways you can ensure that the transaction goes smoothly. If you’re a first-time buyer, having our knowledgeable experts available to help you at every stage of the process can remove a lot of the stress of your first move.

A conveyancer can help you understand issues which are unclear to you. They will usually have encountered the same thing on numerous occasions and can simplify matters.

As a firm we will be able to point out at the earliest possible opportunity any red flags, alert you to these and point you in the best direction to move forward in the quickest, most cost effective manner.

A good conveyancer will be able to effortlessly guide you through the process of buying or selling minimising stress and problems.

Speak to a Mortgage Broker at the earliest possible opportunity

Ideally at the point of having your offer accepted you will already be aware from detailed conversations with your mortgage broker of the amount of money you can borrow.

Applying for a mortgage comes with complications of its own, so if you can get one in advance, it would make the conveyancing process faster. Having a mortgage secured before buying will also show sellers that you’re serious about coming to an agreement.


Whether you’re buying or selling property, Battrick Clark are here to make that process as quick and painless as possible.

We are conveyancing solicitors in Bristol providing legal services in relation to property sales, purchases, re-mortgages and transfers of equity.

To discuss any of the above or if you have any specific queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on  0117 973 1391.  Alternatively you can obtain a no obligation free quote using our conveyancing contact form.