If you are buying or selling property, it is vital to have a reliable conveyancer on your side as soon as you have agreed to an offer. A conveyancer will oversee the process and manage the transfer of all of the relevant documents needed to legally and rightfully transfer a property while buying or selling it.
Some people are tempted to to do their own conveyancing, but this is not recommended. For a transaction as important as buying or selling property, “diy conveyancing” is far too risky, and professional help is necessary.
But the fact is that not all conveyancers are equal. So how do you find a reliable conveyancer? Here are a few things you should consider while looking for a conveyancer:
Are They Approved?
If you choose a conveyancer that is not approved by your mortgage lender’s approved panel of conveyancers, you can face a refusal to lend or buy a property and face unnecessary consequences. Make sure that your conveyancer is on the approved panel list of the building society you’ll be using for the mortgage. You can request them to register if they haven’t already.
Conveyancing Services Cost
Before you select your conveyancer, make sure that you make a budget and ask the conveyancer about their fee structure and total cost (including all services). Make sure that they provide a complete breakdown of the cost, as some firms will add on sundries and extension fees. If the price is significantly low, make sure you look into their client reviews online to ensure they can deliver excellent service.
One of the best ways to check the reliability of conveyancing services is to check testimonials, reviews and feedback received from previous customers. You can check reviews on their website, search engine or social media pages to decide whether or not your property settlement will be in safe hands.
A qualified and experienced conveyancer is more likely to be better equipped than an inexperienced one that includes legal juniors. There is no harm in asking your conveyancer about their past experience in the field and what qualifications they hold.
A conveyancing lawyer will be an expert in the specific area of property law relating to buying and selling property, and will be covered by professional indemnity insurance.
Contact Friends and Family Members
At some point in your life, one of your friends or family members probably must have bought or sold a house. If yes, you can ask them for recommendations and get an idea about what to expect. If they have had a bad experience from any of their recommendations, you can cross them off the list.
Ask Your Real Estate Agent
Your real estate agent may have handled hundreds or thousands of sales throughout their career, so they will usually be able to recommend a conveyancer that is easy to deal with and suitable for your needs.
However, we strongly recommend you do your own research as well, and not just rely on a single reference.
The process of buying or selling a property can be stressful and confusing. Having a good conveyancer by your side that communicates with you as the process unfolds is essential.
When you maintain open and effective communication with a conveyancer, the whole process seems like a walk in the park as everything becomes transparent and relatively simple.
When you are on a house buying or selling journey, choosing the right conveyancer could perhaps be the single most important thing that you do. A qualified and informed conveyancer can alleviate stress and help you focus on other things while setting up the house and choosing other services.
If you are looking for a reliable conveyancer for your house buying or selling process, contact us today for more information.
The above is not legal advice and is general information only.
Whether you are buying or selling, our dedicated team will work with you to ensure your property settlement is a stress free and exciting process. We want you to feel that you are in control of the conveyancing process, not that the process is in control of you. Let us show you how easy it can be.