Let’s face it buying and selling a property can be a stressful experience. One of the areas where it can go really wrong is during the conveyancing period. You need to hire a conveyancing solicitor for the ultimate transfer of the title as well as contract drafting, the exchange of funds and more.
A few years ago your only option was to visit a local conveyancing solicitor in the high street to get the job done. You were at their mercy when it came to charges and efficiency and many people were not happy with the service they received. Now everything has changed and there are a lot more solicitors offering online conveyancing services.
Always go for a Specialist
Make sure that you find a solicitor that is a specialist in conveyancing. You don’t want to choose a solicitor that is a jack of all trades and deals with divorces and other issues as well. If you are involved in a buy to let property transaction then find a solicitor that has experience in this field as there can be some tricky aspects to this.
Always check the reputation of a conveyancing outfit. Find out what experience they have and if there are people complaining about their service. You can contact the solicitor directly and ask them about their experience.
Recommendations are usually best
In most cases if you can get if you can get a recommendation for a good conveyance then this is a lot better than spending hours online looking. You will be very likely to know other people that have bought and sold property recently. This could be friends, family, work colleagues and so on.
Most estate agents can recommend conveyancing solicitors but you need to be careful here. It is more than likely that the agent will get a kick back from the solicitor so the price may be higher. This doesn’t mean that the solicitor is no good of course. If you are arranging a home loan then discuss conveyancing with your bank or building society as they may be able to recommend a good solicitor with a successful track record.
Online or Offline Conveyancing?
Today you have the choice of taking your conveyancing business either online or offline. If you were to use an offline conveyancing firm that was based far away then you would have to do your business with them over the phone and with email as it would not be practical to visit them. If you are comfortable with this then why not consider an online conveyance?
If it is important for you to sit down with your conveyancing solicitor face to face then obviously the online option is not right for you. But there really isn’t any need for you to do this.
If you go with an online conveyancing service then the fees should be lower than an offline service. You should find that an online conveyancing service will charge you a flat fee while a traditional firm will charge by the hour. In some cases you can track the progress of your conveyancing by logging into their website.
I like that you suggested choosing a solicitor that specializes in conveyancing since there can be some tricky aspects in the process. This is something that I will consider because I am planning to sell my house since I will be migrating to a different country soon. My goal is to ensure that I won’t need to deal with contracts and the others processes involved in contracts and in the selling process. I will be sure to consider all your tips since I want everything to be done efficiently to avoid stress.