Choosing a good conveyancer isn’t always easy.
Costs vary these days and there are some very competitive offers available but it still pays to look around and find a service that suits all your requirements. Ultimately it is the level of service that makes the difference.
Whether you’re buying or selling, conveyancing is a necessary part of the process. This will be done either by a solicitor or by a dedicated licenced conveyancer.
When do I instruct a conveyancer?
Appoint a conveyancer as soon as you decide to sell and do not wait until you find a home to buy – this way, the majority of the paperwork can be dealt with early.
How much will it cost?
Whichever type of conveyancer you use, always check charges upfront.
Costs vary according to the price of homes being bought and sold, despite the fact that a £5m Chelsea town house may require no more legal work than a £100,000 studio flat in Peckham.
Lists of charges will typically include fees for the conveyancer’s time, telephone and internet charges, letters and an indemnity fee, plus a contingency for unforeseen problems. On top of that, there will be council and Land Registry fees for searches and for lodging title deeds.
Many of the most cost-effective services, fixed-price or otherwise, are offered by national chains with scores of conveyancers, each handling perhaps hundreds of cases. The upsides are the wide experience and low cost, but downsides include a lack of personal contact.
You can do it yourself. It is possible, and some have done it, but I don’t think most solicitors would recommend it. To ensure a smooth move, hassle free experience, most people will be better off hiring a professional.
Consider using an online conveyancer. The most sophisticated providers allow you to check progress online; they typically use emails or texts to prompt you for additional paperwork or approvals. You obviously need to know your way around a computer to make the best use of this.
If you would like expert advice about selling your property or you are a cash purchaser then call me on 020 8899 6620 or email me at email@example.com.