Once you have found a property that you are interested in, your solicitor will give you advice about how much you might need to offer. If there are other people interested in the property, the sellers may set a closing date when all the interested parties must submit their best offers (usually offers over the asking price). If you are the only person interested in purchasing the property, or if the property is advertised for sale at a fixed price, it may be possible to put in an offer right away. Ask your solicitor for advice on how to proceed.
The next step is to instruct your solicitor to prepare a formal offer, who signs it on your behalf and submit it to the selling agents. When making an offer, ensure this is done via your solicitor to ensure this reflects your best interests. Proceeding without the expert assistance of a solicitor could lead to you being legally bound to buy something at the wrong price or without the necessary protections.