Residential Conveyancing Solicitors — Scotland

Buying or selling a house can be one of the biggest milestones in your life. Although an exciting time, it can also be stressful. Our residential conveyancing solicitors at Watermans are here to help by guiding you through the residential conveyancing process.

Property Purchase Made Simple!

"I used Watermans to purchase my first property. I am very happy to report that Shawn and the team made the process very easy and simple to follow. Communication was quick and clear for me to understand. I would definitely use them again!"

Gregor, Estate Agency & Conveyancing Services

The Short of It

  • Whether you are buying or selling your home,

    we make it straightforward

  • We offer estate agency services, including buying and selling residential property,

    alongside transfer of title and re-mortgaging services.

  • Our dedicated conveyancing team of residential property solicitors are here to help you every step of the way,

    offering friendly and knowledgeable legal advice.

  • Everything we do at Watermans is about getting you the resolution you need and

    providing straightforward legal advice. It should be that simple.

  • The Long of It

    Residential Conveyancing

    What is residential conveyancing?

    Residential conveyancing is a bit of a mouthful.

    In short, it refers to the sale and purchase of residential properties. Whether you are a first time buyer or a seasoned expert with a property portfolio, the conveyancing process can seem like a daunting undertaking, especially without the help of a residential property lawyer. Often, buying or selling a property may be the largest milestone in your life, so our solicitors understand that it can be a stressful time for you.

    At Watermans, our solicitors in Scotland handle the legal process for you from start to finish. We build relationships with our clients and tailor our services to meet your needs and timings, from transferring ownership and land transaction tax to sale or purchase. Our team has experience and expertise in handling property sales and purchases, as well as re-mortgaging and transfer of title services.

    Buying and Selling

    Buying a property with Watermans

    Buying a property can involve many different emotions. You will be nervous and excited, and you may also feel stressed about the conveyancing transaction for your new house. It is a hugely important event in your life, and we understand how overwhelming property transactions can be.

    At Watermans, our specialist team has over 30 years of experience and expertise in the property industry. We know the market and understand the housing industry, and use our knowledge in residential property conveyancing to help you make informed decisions.

    We guide you through each step along the way, from land and building transaction tax to handling contracts, and explain everything to you clearly. Our residential conveyancing solicitors will assist you with the following:

    • We discuss what it is you are looking for in a property
    • We advise on buying tactics and submit notes of interest
    • We check all home reports and title deeds for legal ownership
    • We submit offers on properties for you
    • We complete the conveyancing process on the acceptance of an offer, ensuring the legal exchange of contracts
    • We will submit your residential Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) return
    • We celebrate your property purchase with you!

    Buying a property is made easy with our conveyancing solicitors in Scotland.

    Selling a property with Watermans

    If you are selling a property, our expert team of property lawyers in Scotland are ready to help. As part of our residential sales service, we offer:

    • No upfront legal fees, meaning you don’t pay anything towards the conveyancing cost until your property sells
    • Free valuation of your property
    • 360* virtual video tour
    • Access to archived residential property sales information and guidance on how to present your home for sale
    • Arrangement of your home report pack through a surveyor and the installation of For Sale boards
    • Quality sales brochures, including professional photography, copy, and floorplans
    • Feedback from potential buyers and ongoing advice to ensure you secure a sale

    If you choose Watermans, we deal with all of the legal stuff, ensuring you enjoy the buying or selling process. Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest things you will do in your life. Sit back and enjoy the experience. Our conveyancing lawyers will handle the rest.

    Other Conveyancing Services

    What other conveyancing services do Watermans offer?

    At Watermans, our conveyancing solicitors in Scotland don’t just handle property transactions. We offer re-mortgaging and transfer of title services for legal ownership, too.


    You may be looking to re-mortgage your home if you are transferring the title deed to a different name. This could be, for example, as a result of a divorce or marriage, or perhaps you would like to avail of a better interest rate on existing mortgages with a different lender. Whatever the reason, a solicitor from Watermans can help. Our conveyancing team are experts in handling the re-mortgage process, and an expert lawyer in Scotland is here to guide you through the steps as smoothly as possible.

    Transfer of Titles

    Our team of estate agents are well-versed in handling title transfers. A transfer of title service is needed when you want to add or remove a person’s name from a property deed, usually as a result of marriage or divorce. You may also wish to use a residential conveyancer service in your estate planning or if you want to gift a property to a relative.

    It is important that you work with knowledgeable residential property solicitors in Scotland when handling a transfer of title. At Watermans, we understand that it can often be a stressful and difficult time for you. That’s why we offer clear advice and an efficient, friendly service. Our residential property lawyers in Scotland take the hassle out of the legal stuff for you.

    Why Watermans?

    Why should I choose Watermans for my conveyancing needs?

    Our conveyancing team at Watermans are experts in their field. A solicitor will offer straightforward legal advice regarding all residential conveyancing services and work with you to achieve the results that you are looking for from your property transaction.

    A residential conveyancing solicitor will take the hassle out of the legal side of things so that you don’t have to worry. We pride ourselves on our personalised approach to residential properties, and we endeavour to build true, meaningful relationships with our clients.

    Whether it’s buying your dream house or selling your current property to upscale with your next purchase, an estate agent from our team has got you covered.

    A lawyer from our team will join you and share your excitement and concerns, which ultimately allows us to better represent you in the house buying and selling process to achieve the best results for you.

    Contact a residential conveyancing solicitor from Watermans today.

    Residential Conveyancing in Scotland - FAQs

    When buying or selling a house with the help of a conveyancing solicitor in Scotland, domestic conveyancing can take approximately six to twelve weeks to complete.

    If you change your mind at any point during the process, it’s best to talk to your Watermans property lawyer as soon as possible. If you don’t want to buy or sell anymore, you can pull out any time before the contracts are exchanged. However, if the contracts have already been signed, you will have to legally complete the transaction.

    After you’ve hired services for residential conveyancing in Scotland, certain searches must be completed before purchase. These can be risk assessments for floods and other potential threats, local authority investigations, and more. These searches are not carried out by the conveyancer agency but rather by the mortgage lender.

    It’s important to arrange insurance for your new property in advance so that you are covered from the get-go once our solicitors confirm the successful exchange of contracts. In general, the rule of thumb is that your property must be insured by the time contracts are exchanged.

    Conveyancing takes time. However, you could speed up the process by ensuring you get your mortgage in principle before the search. Additionally, getting a conveyancing solicitor in Scotland and taking on the tasks they have advised you to do as soon as possible may help speed up the conveyancing process.

    If you choose to work with Watermans, our team will be able to explain the process of paying the deposit for your new property. As the client, you will be required to pay the deposit for your property purchase to us, as your legal representative, a few days prior to the agreed Date of Entry (settlement date).

    Buying a house can be daunting, but working with a Watermans property lawyer makes it a lot easier. The process begins with getting a mortgage in principle — when a mortgage lender agrees to lend you money prior to the finalisation of your purchase. After this, you can start looking for your ideal property to make an offer. If your offer is accepted, you can apply for the mortgage.

    One of our lawyers will handle the legal side of things. Your house will be surveyed, deposits will be paid, and contracts will be exchanged — after which you are ready to move in!

    Request a callback and let our residential conveyancing solicitors in Scotland help make your property transaction simple.

    Get in touch with us

    Everything we do at Watermans is about getting you the resolution you need and making that process straightforward. Start the process by sending us your details below or calling us on 0131 555 7055

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    Our property expert

    “My clients would describe me as being approachable, down to earth and easy to get on with. This allows me to build relationships with my clients and provide straightforward legal advice without all the jargon.”

    Shawn Wood, Head of Conveyancing