Discuss starting searches with your conveyancer

Last Updated: 8th May, 2024

Author: Charlotte Burton

Discuss starting searches with your conveyancer

🔎 What are searches?

Searches are packs of information about the property & its surroundings that your conveyancer needs to request from the local council and other places. This information may uncover potential issues with the property & change whether you still want to buy the property, e.g. if the property has been flooded in the past.

💸 How much do they cost?

  • Searches typically cost £250-450.
  • Your conveyancer may ask for you to pay this to them upfront, before they send off the searches.

⏰ How long do they take?

  • Searches typically take 2-6 weeks to come back.
  • This varies a lot depending on the local council. You can see the average turnaround times for different councils at Property Searches Direct.

📅 When should I start searches?

  • This decision requires weighing up timelines against the non-refundable cost of searches.
  • Waiting until both your and your seller’s mortgage applications are accepted will reduce the likelihood of you wasting money, as sales can fall through if one party can’t get a mortgage.
  • However, waiting will delay the process. If you’re in a rush, or are nearing the last 2-3 months of your mortgage offer period, it is better to tell your conveyancer to get on with searches and risk losing the money.
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