How to choose a conveyancer

How to choose a conveyancer

Buying a new property can be a stressful time. Instructing a top-quality conveyancer can help you to manage your stress during this challenging process by giving you the peace of mind that at least your end of the transaction will go smoothly.

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This post will look at a range of things you should consider when choosing a conveyancer, what to insist upon and anything that should ring alarm bells.

Shop around

When looking for someone to look after you during what is potentially the largest purchase you will ever make, you should be prepared to shop around and obtain a selection of conveyancing quotes. Compare these, looking at things that may not be included in the deal as well as other, less obvious aspects. For example, if one firm is open until 6:00pm every day whilst another closes at 4:00pm, one of them is more likely to be able to return calls and emails than the other.

Check what’s included in the conveyancing cost

Once your quotes are in, compare them carefully. Are all elements – including stamp duty, land registry and local authority search fees – included? What about bank transfer costs or other third-party costs? Has VAT been included in your quote, or are you going to need to find an extra 20 per cent before you can complete?

Check and double check that there are no hidden extras. Read the small print carefully, and be sure you have not missed anything. Many specialist conveyancing firms such as Sam Conveyancing offer clear terms and conditions, helping you to compare prices in a fair way.

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No sale, no fee?

Many solicitors offer a no sale, no fee service, which can otherwise be known as no move, no fee. When using a solicitor who offers this service, you will have one less thing to worry about. Given the length of some sales chains these days, this can be a very reassuring approach.

Does anything sound too good to be true?

As with any regulated profession, we expect that solicitors will act to the best of their abilities and look after our interests. Be wary of any conveyancer offering a deal that seems too good to be true, which can lead to catastrophic results for your finances.

If anything you are being offered by a conveyancer seems a little off, don’t be scared to get a second opinion or walk away.

Instructing a conveyancer is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Making the correct choice can help you make your dream move in an efficient and economical manner. The wrong decision can leave you out of pocket or staying put.