When you are selling a home, you have two crucial decisions to make.
Firstly, choosing the right estate agent to sell your home is often the difference between getting a good deal or ending up with no deal.
Secondly, selecting the right conveyancing solicitor will no doubt make your life easier and less stressful. Picking a bad one often leads to headaches, hassle and having to chase them up continually.
We’ve learned a thing or six about what to look out for when it comes to choosing a legal eagle over a tired turkey or a grumpy goose. Conveyancing is legalese for transferring the ownership of property, whether you are buying or selling.
What Is a Conveyancing Solicitor, and What Do They Do?
A conveyancer, or sometimes known more simply as a property solicitor, does the following for you:
- They will handle the contracts.
- Be on hand to give legal advice.
- Carry out local council searches.
- Deal with the Land Registry.
- Transfer the funds to pay for your property.
They have a significant and vital part to play when it comes to getting your sale or purchase across the finish line. We realise the importance of their role, and that’s why we’ve come up with the six things to look out for when it comes to choosing a conveyancer or a property solicitor.
Six Top Tips
Ask your family and friends who they have used and would they recommend them.
Communication is key
Some solicitors are notoriously tricky to get hold of and can take days/weeks to respond to your questions. Before instructing any solicitor, it’s worth asking if they have a system in place where you can view/check on the progress of your sale or purchase? And what is the minimum timeframe within which they promise to get back to you?
Do they embrace technology?
This is an excellent question to ask as some solicitors do not hold technology in high esteem, which can cause problems along the line.
Don’t get us wrong, everyone needs a holiday, but it’s not unreasonable for you to ask if a solicitor is going on holiday during the period when you are looking to buy or sell. The last thing you want is to be nearing the exchange of contracts to seal the transaction only to find out your solicitor is away and no one else has been left to work on your sale or purchase. If they are going away ensure that someone else is overseeing your file during that period so that matters don’t come to a grinding half for a fortnight.
Do your research
Make sure your chosen property specialist is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales/Law Society of Scotland and a member of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme. Conveyancers must be members of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.
We’ve worked with hundreds of different conveyancing solicitors over the years. And we’ve experienced a real mix of the good, bad and the ugly (not that we are saying they’re unattractive cowboys or girls). Feel free to give us a call, and we’d be happy to provide you with recommendations and more insight into why choosing the right solicitor or conveyancer will make your life easier and raise your chances of property success.
There are plenty of great solicitors and conveyancers out there, you just need to do your homework to find them.
Thanks for reading and get in touch or leave a comment below if you want answers to any of your property-related questions.
And remember we’re here to help!