Best Tips To Follow When Hiring a Conveyancer
Buying or selling property can be an exciting, daunting and nerve-wracking task. Hiring a conveyancer will make things much easier but bear in mind some pieces of advice that will ensure you get a smooth and easy transaction.
- Choose a conveyancer carefully: The way we purchase legal services has changed. Legal services are now available online or through call centres. While these modern alternatives might look more cost effective, they have certain drawbacks. This type of service delivery is more likely to work if your conveyancing transaction is simple without any complications. It is risky if anything unexpected occurs during the transaction. The conveyancer on your case may not have the same qualifications or experience as the lawyer on your local firm. Choose a method of service delivery which suits you.
- Look around: It is worthwhile to ask around and get a few quotes before deciding on a particular lawyer to use. Make sure that the quotes are exact. A lawyer will usually charge legal fees plus VAT and disbursements. Make sure that all the quotes you get are for the firm’s fees, VAT and all disbursements so that you can truly compare like for like.
- Cheapest doesn’t necessarily mean best: While it’s a good idea to get quotes, remember that buying a house is most probably the biggest purchase you’ll have in your life. Don’t become consumed with getting the cheapest lawyer. If you’re spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on a house, it is worthwhile to spend a little bit more on a good solicitor.
- Check what costs you’ll have to pay if the transaction doesn’t work out:
Sales and purchases can fall through for many reasons. Check with your lawyer from the beginning how much you’ll need to pay if the move doesn’t go ahead. Even with a sale or purchase that falls through, your lawyer might still have done a substantial amount of work. Law firms are businesses; their product is their legal advice and they may want to be paid for the work they’ve done. Some lawyers might offer ‘no move, no fee’ deals. Double check what this means. What will you have to pay any legal fees?
- Communication is key: Communication is vital for every transaction. It’s a two way street. Sure, your lawyer needs to communicate with you, but you need to communicate with them too. Remember, your lawyer will see all of the paperwork concerning the property you’re buying but they won’t visit the property themselves. You will have to do that. If there is something that worries you, then tell your lawyer. If they don’t know, they won’t be able to make enquires about your concern. You should talk to your lawyer at the beginning about the different searches available and decide which searches you would like. Your lawyer will usually send the search results to you and draw your attention to any relevant information. Read the results carefully, and if anything isn’t clear then double check with your lawyer. Visit the property to check if what is shown on the plan agrees with what you think you’re buying on site. Always be satisfied that the title plan matches the physical position at the property.
- Ask questions: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you’re unsure about something, ask. Your lawyer is the legal expert and that’s what you’re ultimately paying them for. You shouldn’t feel intimidated about asking questions. Most lawyers will welcome questions if there is something you’re unsure of or worried about.
- Remember you have the right to complain: Buying a house is a big step and arranging all of the practicalities that go with it can be stressful. Your lawyer shouldn’t do anything to add to that stress and if you have any problems with your conveyancer, you are entitled to complain.