Buyers Guide

A list of frequently asked questions

All you need to know

Here at Ashley James Solicitors we understand that moving house can be a very stressful time for you and we will do our best to make it as easy as possible for you.

To help guide you through the process we have put together a list of frequently asked questions which we hope will help answer some of the questions you may have at this stage.


Why do you need identification from me?

How long will it take to exchange and complete??

What is the difference between exchange and completion??

When will I get the keys and be able to move in to the property

Who is responsible for insuring the property?

When should I start booking things and making arrangements for completion?

Which searches will you do for me?

When will the searches be done?

Should I have a survey done?

Should I have the gas and electrics/other services checked??

When do I pay the legal fees?

Do I have to pay stamp duty??

What will I be charged if the transaction falls through??


What happens if you cannot attend our offices to sign the documents?

Is there parking near your offices?

What are your opening hours?