Instruct your solicitor

After you instruct your solicitor, they will go through the draft contract and any supporting forms with you. They’ll be there to answer any questions and note down any queries you have. They will then save you a job, and contact us directly to clarify all of this. They’ll make sure the contract is correct, that your deposit is fully protected and cover all the little details.

Property searches

In order to speed up the process we will supply your solicitor with a number of searches carried out specifically on your plot by an independent search provider. Your solicitor will check these for you, just to check that everything is in place and how it should be with the sale of your new home.

Your solicitor may mention the term local authority search. All this means is that they will look at information held by the local authority involving the property you are purchasing. They’ll look into planning permissions or restrictions and who is responsible for maintaining the roads, paths, sewers and all things construction related. Not only will they cover local authority searches but they will also check the land registry, just to confirm that we – the seller is the legal owner of the property you are buying.

Your solicitor will make you aware of any covenants that are in place once you move in. Covenants are standard for new developments when buying a new build home, and we apply these so we can protect the look and feel of your new development. We have a handy covenant guide that our sales executive will give you, but make sure to discuss this with your solicitor too.

Your new Gleeson home will be freehold. This means that you and only you own and are responsible for the building and the land that it stands on outright and in perpetuity. It is your name that is on the land registry as ‘freeholder’, owing the ‘title absolute’. Leasehold means that you just have a lease from the freeholder (sometimes called landlord) to use the home for a number of years. In these circumstances, leases are often anything between 90 and 999 years, but it does mean that you might have to pay maintenance fees to the freeholder. All of our homes are freehold to ensure ease for our customers.

If there are any other searches your solicitor feels necessary in addition to the ones we send to them, they’ll of course let you know and cover them for you.