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We are passionate about speeding up the house buying and selling processes

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Property Searches Direct are dedicated to disrupting the traditional Property Search Market by offering Searches and Environmental Reports Direct to Home Movers, thus speeding up transaction times. 

We work closely with all Stakeholders in the Home Moving process to drive maximum efficiencies and support Collaborative Conveyancing Solutions (CCS) driving better results for all involved.


We enable Home Movers to purchase Searches and complete Protocol Forms as they go on to the market to better prepare them for sale, as this significantly speeds up the conveyancing process with information being available right at the start.

The current system is generally considered 'not fit for purpose' with a 34% Fall Though Rate often occurring due to the unexpected length of transactions.

  • We are the First Search Company to have made Searches available to Buyers and Sellers Direct

  • We are the First Search Company to provide a Publicly available Hazard Checker to check for Search Alerts

  • We are the First Search Company to make Freely available all Property Protocol Forms without the need for a conveyancing quote

  • We are the First Search Company to champion getting legally prepared by working with Estate Agents, Conveyancers and Home Movers Direct by utilising Collaborative Conveyancing Solutions (CCS)


Direct, National and Accurate. It's in our D.N.A.

"Property Searches Direct's aim was to become a trusted Search partner and be recognised as a firm that consistently exceeds expectations.  To continue to innovate our offering and to make conveyancing a more collaborative experience for all stakeholders." 

We believe we have achieved this in what we do, but continue to innovate.

We are asked this question frequently on our web chat:

"How can you get Searches Back quicker than anyone else?"

The answer is simple.

We don't have a magic wand and cannot deliver searches any faster than anyone else, however, we are the only Search Company enabling Home Movers to buy Searches for themselves right at the start of a transaction, or, ordered by the Seller when they go to the market. As such, we are able to deliver the Searches, on average, 6.5 weeks earlier in the transaction as this is the average time it takes for a conveyancer / solicitor to order them for you. (Statistic stated by the Conveyancing Association in October 2020). 


We work with all of the major providers in the industry and keep a close watch on accuracy and consistency of the data provided.  We can provide single Searches, but recommend product 'bundles' that often represent better value for money.  We can offer an insurance product to deliver an equivalent second bundle as a result of an abortive transaction.

Through our experience of the market we give you access to all the Searches and related products that you should ever need.  Please get in touch for more details or, if you are a Home Mover you may wish to start here to understand what a Search is and how we can help you, direct.

If you are aware of what a search is and need to get ready for your next move head to our Home Movers Page.


Daniel Hamilton-Charlton


Dan started in the property industry in 1994 and has been involved in Estate Agency, Panel Management of Property and Legal Transactions, Legal Service Provision, Web Design, Searches and Legal Technology.

Mike Stainsby
National Business Development Manager

Mike's property career started in 1984 and has encompassed estate agency, DEA training, property franchise sales and business development, more latterly provision of technology platforms to deliver searches'

Eric Woodhams
Business Development Consultant

Eric is a Fellow of the NAEA/PropertyMark with 14yrs Estate Agency experience working briefly for Allen & Harris then predominantly for Hamptons International. Previously an Editorial Board Contributor to the RICS on an update of the RICS 'Blue Book' of Estate Agency Best Practice.