Can we DIY our house sale?

John Conlin / 26 January 2017

Chartered surveyor John Conlin advises a reader on taking on the legal issues of selling a house.


We are on the point of retirement; having lived in company accommodation for most of our working life we will be buying a house for the first time. 

Every penny counts, so I am wondering: is it possible to do our own legal work?


It is possible, but rarely advisable.

In any circumstances, carrying out all the necessary searches and interpreting the replies on planning, highways, utilities, land charges and more is a steep learning curve. 

Also, if you are seeking a mortgage the lender is unlikely to accept a DIY conveyance. 

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