Buying or Selling Your Home

We at Roberts and Smith have been helping clients to buy and sell property for over 125 years. When you entrust us with the handling of the legal work you will benefit from the wealth of experience of our partners and staff.

Buying a Property

Once you have found a property you would like to buy, simply let us know and tell the estate agents we will be dealing with the legal work on your behalf. We will then contact the sellers’ solicitors and obtain the contract and copies of the deeds from them. We then:


  • Check the Contract and Deeds
  • Check that all necessary Rights, Planning Permissions and Guarantees are in place
  • Carry out Searches, usually with the local authority, the water and drainage company and the Coal Authority
  • Check with you that you have received a Mortgage Offer you are happy with
  • Prepare the Purchase Deed and Mortgage
  • Arrange for you to sign the Contact, the Purchase Deed and Mortgage
  • Carry out bankruptcy and Land Registry searches
  • Exchange Contracts with the sellers’ solicitors
  • Agree a suitable completion date with you and complete your purchase
  • Pay any Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • Register your ownership of the property with the Land Registry

Selling a Property

As soon as you have agreed to sell your property, let us know and tell your estate agents that we will be handling the legal work on your behalf. We then:


  • Obtain up-to-date details of your property from the Land Registry
  • Help you to complete Property Information forms
  • Prepare the Sale Contract and send it, with copies of the Deeds and forms you have completed to your buyers’ solicitors
  • Answer any further queries raised by your buyers’ solicitors
  • Agree a suitable completion date with you
  • Approve the terms of the Sale Deed
  • Arrange for you to sign the Contract and Sale Deed
  • Prepare final accounts
  • Exchange Contracts and complete your sale
  • Pay off any Mortgage or Secured Loan
  • Pay your Estate Agents and account to you

Contact Us

For more information about how we can help you with buying or selling your property, please call in at our office in Nelson or call us on the number at the top of the site.

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