Moving house is well known for being one of life’s most stressful activities. Not only is it expensive and long-winded, there’s a real chance that the sale won’t go ahead at all. In this article we take a look at how you can minimise your risk by appointing the right conveyancer.
Solicitors are legally required to post their conveyancing fees on their company website; such transparency, which has been advocated by The Competition and Markets Authority, will allow customers to make an informed decision on which conveyancing solicitor to appoint ahead of moving house. Don’t be fooled by cheap quotes: safe to say, in most walks of life you get what you pay for.
Of course, when moving house there are a number of set fees which have no bearing on which firm you choose to instruct for the legal work surrounding your purchase. However, there can be huge differences between the fees for work charged by different firms. Choose wisely!
The Authority’s report confirmed that even though people are on the whole happy to go on recommendation, this does not mean that the service will be any better than if house buyers were to do independent research. So the first thing that should be done is investigations into a number of firms and make your selection. If you are looking to move into specialist accommodation like Park Homes For Sale you will want to select conveyancers that have experience of dealing with these leasehold properties.
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Most solicitors’ practices will quote a baseline conveyancing quote and then top this up with associated fees for items such as completing the Stamp Duty Land Tax return. We would advise looking further into a firm that can provide a menu of fees for common activities and for those unexpected occurrences such as the purchase of indemnity insurance policies that the buyer, seller or conveyancer couldn’t have predicted.
The most useful piece of advice when appointing a conveyancer is to do your homework, check the paperwork and read the small print. It’s also worth being aware that instructing a local conveyancer has some definite advantages over hiring one miles away from where you love. Put simply, a local solicitor will have local knowledge that could come in very handy as the process moves forward.