It is well known that moving home can be one of the most stressful events in life. The prospect of packing up everything you own, moving to a new building, and then unpacking everything again can make you feel exhausted just thinking about it. However if you ever buy or sell property of any sort, or even re-mortgage, there are legal requirements and checks to be taken care of.

Legal contracts, offers and completion processes, and land searches are some of the ones you might need to sort out. These requirements are part of the whole process involved in buying or selling a house. In legal terms this is called conveyancing.

Many people choose to get a lawyer to take care of everything. If you talk to a law firm that offers conveyancing services  you might find different lawyers like Chartered Legal Executives, CILEx Practitioners, licensed conveyancers and solicitors working there who will be able to take care of your legal requirements.

See the Money Advice Service's quick guide to this process:

How to find a conveyancing lawyer

If you want to look for a lawyer to help you with buying or selling a house you can read about the different types of lawyer and how they can help on our types of lawyers page.

Sometimes estate agents and other businesses will recommend lawyers to you, though remember that it is up to you to decide which lawyer you want to use.

What to look our for when you use a conveyancing lawyer

To get a feel for what you should expect Legal Choices recommends taking a look at the Legal Ombudsman's using a conveyancing lawyer: Ten helpful tips page.

If you are a first time buyer, we also recommend taking a look at the Legal Ombudsman's on the move: a guide for first time buyers guide.

Paying for conveyancing services

If you do decide to use a lawyer for your conveyancing services you might look to get some quotes from different providers. Sometimes law firms will offer you a fixed price to cover all the work on your behalf.

More information

The Citizens Advice's AdviceGuide can help you understand what to expect when you move house. This includes information on all the legal processes involved - including making an  offer on a property, contracts, and land searches.