If you are thinking about buying a property this year, you are going to need to use the services of a conveyancer. In this blog post, we will reveal everything you need to know about hiring a conveyancer and the different elements you need to consider.
Choosing A Conveyancer
A conveyancer is a specialist legal professional with extensive knowledge of law and property. Only solicitors or licensed conveyancing professionals are legally permitted to manage the process of purchasing a property and the associated transaction. It is very difficult to complete the sale of a property without the skills and expertise of a legal professional and as such, it is important you choose a firm who are going to make the process as easy as possible.
As the legal process commences, an enormous amount of paperwork will be generated and standard conveyancing fees will apply. Some of this paperwork will be complex and technical in nature, consisting of agreements, terms and conditions, particularly if there is a mortgage involved. It is your conveyance solicitor’s role to review this paperwork, identify any issues and provide clear and concise information to you as a buyer. This is even more important with leasehold properties where there may be strict terms and conditions imposed on the leaseholder.
The process becomes a little more complicated if you are in a chain and the legal work concerns both a sale and a purchase. With this, there are multiple transactions involved and it is imperative that you choose a solicitor who is both knowledgeable and experienced in the conveyancing procedure. Solicitors, like Eatons Solicitors, need to be able to read and interpret draft agreements, terms and conditions and the legally binding contract.
Their role also involves the acquisition of the relevant property searches including water, drainage, environment and sometimes chancel in addition to a comprehensive inventory. Within your conveyancing quote always enquire whether such things as searches are included in the cost and they do not generate additional costs. Always seek out a firm who are fully transparent and upfront about what they charge and what the total conveyancing fees include.
When choosing a conveyancer, it is essential that you determine whether they are customer focused and communicate regularly with you and the relevant parties. There is nothing worse than waiting around for days or even weeks at a time, making endless phone calls to receive an update on progress. It is certainly worth taking the time to read reviews that have been left by others.
Hopefully, this has given you a better understanding of what you need to look for when hiring a conveyancer. This is a critical part of the process when buying any sort of property.