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DIY Conveyancing 101

In today’s era, everyone wants to do their own work. The same truth applies for conveyancing. While you can hire a conveyancer to help deal with the legal aspects of a property transfer in exchange for a fee, many people would prefer doing their own conveyancing. As a result, DIY conveyancing has become increasingly popular. Many people think it is too expensive to hire a conveyancer, or they do not trust their property in the hands of someone else. For many, they have had an unpleasant experience with conveyancers beforehand. This is why consumers prefer doing their own conveyancing. The best part about DIY conveyancing is that you have total control over your side of the process. However, this is not as easy as it sounds. Conveyancing can be a complex and delicate matter and can be tough to handle for inexperienced people. For those who have a case fraught with legal issues, it is best to hire an experienced professional.

One of the major problems people face during DIY conveyancing is the language used in the profession. Conveyancing uses a number of legal and commercial jargon which regular people can find difficult to understand. Also, the process is lengthy and drawn out and needs a lot of patience. You must also have excellent communication and people skills as the job requires a lot of negotiation and discussion. Make sure you understand all the jargon and their meanings before starting your own conveyancing. It is also important to understand the procedure beforehand. This includes all the forms that need to be filled out, all the documents that need to be submitted and all the surveys and searches that need to be carried out. There are a number of other paperwork that are required, depending upon the case, even though it may not be the standard procedure. Before deciding to go for DIY conveyancing, it is important that you measure the advantages and disadvantages before.

There are certain things you must do if you decide to go ahead and act as your own conveyancer. Always contact the other party via their conveyancer through email or fax. Make sure you have the date, time, reference to the transaction, the name and address of the vendor and the purchaser in every email or fax. This will avoid potential trouble by always providing you with proof of communication. Make a record of all communication and record every step of the process so that you have valid proof of all the searches and surveys as they take place. Keep copies of all the documents and forms and keep them separately. It is important to know the exact procedure and understand what you have to do during each step. Also, the other party may be more reluctant to deal with somebody who is not a professional conveyancer. They may also show a lack of confidence in your ability which is why it is vital to look well prepared.

For those who are doing their own conveyancing for the first time, don’t panic. There are several self help books available on the internet and there are also conveyancing kits available to help you. A good kit takes you step-by-step through everything you need to do and provides advice that can help you avoid making serious mistakes. You can also hire someone for legal advice. When you do your own conveyancing, you will be less likely to slack off on the case. You will know all the details and will care for the case much more than a regular conveyancer. You will put in more work and it is very satisfying once you get the job done. However, you may not save much money in the long run and you will have no legal protection if anything goes wrong. Any loss in your case can cost you thousands of dollars and legal damages. Therefore, you should be aware of the implications before starting the process.

Posted by on 28/07/2016 in DIY Conveyancing

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