Blain Boland & Co Solicitors


Buying/Selling a home

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Buying / Selling a house

You might be selling or buying a home, but either way, you’ll need an expert in residential conveyancing to complete the process. Our qualified team of experts has over 50 years of experience and can ensure the house-buying or selling process moves smoothly and swiftly while attending to your legal needs. We take a proactive approach to conveyancing and understand the importance of clear and honest communication during important transactions involving property. 

House moves are one of the most anxious experiences in our lives and we understand how our clients feel we make this process as stress-free as possible by giving you a fixed fee quote at the start of the process, so there are no hidden surprises. 

Take a look at our client reviews to see just how well we do this.

What Our Clients Say

Professional, excellent value for money

It was a pleasure dealing with this company throughout the transaction. We were always kept informed by email and phone, and Jonathan explained everything in plain English, unlike some previous solicitors I have dealt with that use a lot of legal jargon. Communication was friendly, informative and concise. Last but not least, we were very pleasantly surprised at their final charges, considerably lower than we had been expecting.



Excellent Service

I originally appointed Blain Boland for the sale and purchase of my initial forward property and they were extremely efficient however the sale fell through. A couple of months later I re sold and found another property however my buyer had already instructed Blain Boland so I thought I would have to find another solicitor until Blain Boland helped find a solution. thanks to Jonathan assisting from one of their other offices we were able to move fast and get completed within an extremely tight schedule.



First time house purchase

Emma Senior was nothing but professional, helpful and kind. Throughout the process of buying our first home Emma was happy to answer any question and explain everything to us, as first time buyers this was greatly appreciated. Emma did everything possible to allow us to complete on our purchase as soon as possible, I could not recommend Blain Boland more.



Excellent job

This is the first time we have used Blain Boland & Co. Jessica who was dealing with our purchase was easy to reach, efficient, courteous, professional and basically, on the case. I highly recommend their services and a big thanks to Jessica for her hard work.
Eva and Thomas



Freehold purchase

This company provided a good level of professional service. Good communications and prompt responses to questions. Value for money was achieved.



Property sale on behalf of elderly relative

Jonathan Shields was very professional, by informing me of developments, via e-mail and phone. Documentation was streamlined, providing a stress-free completion.



Brilliant experience with Blain Boland

Purchased our property as first time buyers and the whole process was very clear and every query we had was responded to promptly, everyone we dealt with was very polite and informative – special thanks to Emma who completed the conveyancing and made the whole purchase stress free 😃



House sale

Emma is our automatic choice when selling or buying houses. She’s friendly, and approachable and we have every confidence in her ability to carry out the conveyancing efficiently.
We would recommend Blain Boland & Thomas solicitors. We have used this company for over 24 years and have always had a first-class service.



Great, professional company

Would use them again. Our solicitor Jonathan Shields went above and beyond in his duties. We had a few problems with another solicitor acting on behalf of a house buyer and Jonathan put in the additional work with the buyer and agent. Would give more than 5 stars if available



House Purchase 2023

Blain Boland made the whole process of property purchase stress free and were totally professional especially Jessica Man. I highly recommend these solicitors.



Top solicitors

Great professional friendly service, easy to contact always come back straight away reasonably priced worth every penny



Residential Conveyancing

When you are buying and/or selling a home, you need an experienced solicitor you can trust who will look after your interests, minimise your stress and communicate with you in plain English.  Our experienced conveyancing solicitors will look after your legal needs throughout the process, ensuring progress is swift and efficient.

We pride ourselves in giving open and honest advice, and being pro-active in dealing with your case. We know clients want to complete as soon as possible and we work with them to achieve this goal.

At Blain Boland there are no hidden fees. Our experienced solicitors will discuss the transaction with you so we can provide you with a fixed fee conveyancing quote, and you will know exactly what you will be paying and what services you will receive.  Whether you are a first-time buyer, or you are an experienced buyer or seller, Blain Boland offers a personal service tailored to meet your individual needs.

The conveyancing process

There is no set time, as each matter is different in its own right. Typically the timescale of buying or selling a house can take 6-8 weeks from when contracts are issued, click the link for our sale and purchase timelines. 

How much will it cost?

Each case will be individually priced as it is based on many items, generally speaking, the selling of a house is cheaper than the purchase of a house.

There is also Stamp Duty which may be included, which we will include on the quotation, here is the link to the rates Stamp Duty Calculator – New Updated Stamp Duty Calculations

What types of matters do we deal with:

  • Freehold property
  • Leasehold property
  • Transfer of Equity
  • Shared ownership
  • New build

Looking for a quote?

Please complete our Sale Quote form or contact us for a fixed fee quote for dealing with your Sale matter. We pride ourself in knowing all the information to give you an accurate quote, so that fees will not increase as the transactions progresses.

If you wish to discuss the quote you have received, or compare this to others please contact our offices and we would be happy to discuss further.

If you require assistance with any other matter such as a Transfer of Equity, Equity Release or Deed of Gift please visit the page on the link below for more information and a contact form.

Purchasing a Property too?

Please select one of the options below to request a quote. We will then be able to provide a fixed fee, fully transparent quote for dealing with your property transaction, providing a complete breakdown of all costs involved. Alternatively should you wish to discuss your matter or to obtain a quote over the phone please call our offices on 01606 834 824 or 0151 355 2645.

Get a Sale Quote

    Have Questions? Read our FAQs

    We also have an FAQ page to help answer any questions you may have, please contact us if you have a question and we will add this to the page for the future.

    If you require assistance with any other matter such as a Transfer of Equity, Equity Release or Deed of Gift please use the contact us page to provide more information, and a member of our team will be in touch.

    The legal process of selling a property only begins once the Solicitor sends the ‘draft contract pack’ to your Buyer’s Solicitor. This usually takes between 10-14 weeks, and varies depending on the complexity of the matter, type of property (leasehold or freehold) and length of chain. If you are in a chain unfortunately the matter will only move as quickly as the slowest person in the chain.

    Until contracts are exchanged no dates are set for completion, either buyer or seller can pull out of the transaction. It may be possible to be aiming for a date 2-4 weeks in advance to look at completion. It is ideal to have at least one week between exchange and completion to confirm these arrangements.

    Whilst your mortgage lender will do a valuation, they may also carry out a survey. This will not be as detailed as you may want, so you may instruct your own surveyor to give an open assessment of the propety, which may also include their valuation.

    A more detailed survey may be required if the property is very old, listed, or has been subject to extensive structural alterations. Your solicitor can recommend a local surveyor.

    If you are using a mortgage to purchase a property you will need searches as part of the legal process. We carry out a local search, which reveals information relating to work at the property that require building regulations or planning consent, or nearby projects which have need planning permission and large infrastructure projects.

    We also carry out a drainage search, which reveals the extent of the sewerage and fresh water pipework at the property, and an environmental search which reveals information such as risk of flooding, land contamination, or landfill etc.

    If you are selling you need to budget for estate agent’s fees and legal fees and office copy documents. If the property is leasehold the management company may charge their own fees for information and services. You may wish to contact them at the outset to confirm these.

    If you are buying you need to budget for legal fees and disbursements. Disbursements are payments made by your solicitor to other parties, such as stamp duty to HMRC, land registry fees to register the property and search fees. You also need to budget for lender’s valuation fees, and your own survey.

    Contracts are exchanged once yourself and the Solicitor are ready to proceed. This also sets the date for completion. Ideally exchange happens at least 1 week before completion to give everyone time to make suitable arrangements.

    Completion date is the date on which you move into your new property and vacate the old one.

    The contract requires for you to insure on exchange of contracts. At this point it is said that you have a beneficial interest in the property. It pays to shop round for buildings and contents insurance and your solicitor can recommend a local insurance broker.

    Our final report will request the deposit to enable us to exchange contracts, and provide our Client Account bank details to send the funds to. Please contact your bank to arrange a bank transfer for the deposit, as well as any balance to complete.

    Payment can be made by cheque, allowing 7 working days to these funds to be cleared. We cannot accept payment of balance to complete or deposit by credit or debit card.


    Property registration information is now held electronically by the Land Registry. This means that electronic versions of the deeds are stored, rather than the paper versions which if lost can cause problems with selling the property. Following completion of your sale, it is unlikely there will be any paper deeds for the property.

    Please complete our contact form, or call us at the Ellesmere Port office on 0151 355 2645 or the Middlewich office on 01606 834 824 to discuss how we can help protect you when Buying or Selling a home.
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