Buying Process

Buying A Property in St Albans

Are you considering buying a property in St Albans? Here at Daniels, we want to make the property buying process as simple as possible. To ensure you have all the information you need to make a well-informed decision, we have outlined the steps that will make your property purchase go smoothly.

Get in Touch

First things first, if you’re considering buying a flat or house in St Albans or the surrounding areas and would like to know more about our property services contact Daniels Estate Agents, and a member of our team will discuss your requirements to understand the exact property type you are looking to buy. Whether it’s a flat for sale in St Albans city centre or a house near Clarence Park, we want to know as much detail as possible to ensure we only recommend properties you would seriously consider.

Your Property Search

If you’re new to buying a property, then there are lots of things to consider. For example, if you have kids you may need a home within close proximity to schools. If you’re a commuter, maybe you should consider a flat close to transport links? You have to think about your lifestyle and what will work for you. For most of us cost is the most important factor. Take a look at current market prices and decide on how much you’re willing to spend on your new home including the cost of purchasing the property, stamp duty, renovations and how much a mortgage will cost.

Organise a Mortgage in Principle

Also known as a decision in principle a mortgage in principle is a certificate or statement from a lender that states that in principle they would lend you a certain amount based on credit checks and other basic information.

Arrange a Viewing

Once you’ve found a property for sale that you like it’s time to arrange a viewing. One of our experienced sales negotiators will organise and come to the property viewings with you.

Make an Offer Through Us

Once you’ve found a property for sale that you like it’s time to make an offer. Contact Daniels where one of our St Albans estate agents will be happy to assist you in all stages of the buying process.

Offer Agreed

If your offer is accepted, we will need the contact details of your solicitor and your lender. A sales memorandum will be drafted up by us and sent to both you and the sellers and both of your solicitors.

Organise a Solicitor

When purchasing a property, it is important that you use a solicitor that has experience in conveyancing and is easy to get in touch with. A solicitor can be arranged through your lender, or alternatively, if you don’t know how to choose a solicitor we can recommend one for you.

Survey of Property

If you need a mortgage, your chosen lender will arrange a valuation of the property. The selected surveyor will check to make sure that there are no issues with the property that might affect the cost home.

There are two types of surveys taken out on the potential purchase; a valuation and property survey:

  1. The Valuation Survey:

This survey is carried out by the lender to make sure that the property is worth the asking price before they approve the mortgage.

  1. The Property Survey:

You should aim to carry out a property survey in order to avoid any hidden expensive problems in the future. You may choose to have this done in addition to your mortgage valuation or if you aren’t raising a mortgage.


Your solicitor will handle the conveyancing of the property, they will initially submit local searches in order to find out whether there are any planning or local issues that you need to know about as these can affect the potential property’s value and once they are satisfied to arrange a date for an exchange of contracts.

Exchanging Contracts

When all parties are in agreement and your solicitor has carried out all the necessary checks, you will be asked to sign a contract and provide a deposit. Go through the contract with your solicitor to check that all the details are correct. They will then organise a completion date for the purchase.

Once you have signed the contract you can start planning your move as you are legally bound to the property purchase. It’s at this point that you’ll need to start arranging things like building insurance.

*It is required you have building insurance before you move in order to cover the structure of the building.


The completion date is typically two weeks after you’ve exchanged contracts although it can be sooner or later by agreement. It’s at this point that you’ll get confirmation that your payment has reached the sellers’ solicitor and you can then arrange a time to collect the keys. Congratulations, you have bought a property in St Albans!

If you have any queries about how to buy property in St Albans or you would like to know more about the buying process through us, get in touch, and a member of our sales team will be happy to assist you in your pursuit of the perfect property.