A conveyancing solicitor is crucial when you're buying and selling a house. Essentially, a conveyancer will ensure that the legal transaction of a property from party to another will go as smoothly as possible. This naturally involves sorting paperwork, but it also involves extensive research on a property. Below, we explore the things to consider when choosing your conveyancing solicitor.
Prior to approaching a solicitor you should have a budget set aside for hiring a conveyancer. When you assess the options it's important not to overspend. The structure of your payment is important as well. Ideally, you'll want a structure where it's no-sale, no-fee. This means that if the deal falls through then you won't be liable to pay any legal fees - just third-party costs accrued during the process. At the same time, you should also negotiate a fixed fee at the start to ensure that there aren't any nasty surprises.
Conveyancing can be complex, and experience is important. An experienced conveyancer will be used to unusual scenarios and should be able to ensure that the sale continues smoothly. A newer conveyancer might slow down the process if they encounter something new during the transaction. When you're approaching solicitors make sure you assess their credentials and years in the industry to establish their experience.
Communication is key to finding the right conveyancing solicitor too. Ideally, you want a solicitor who's able to walk you through the process and give you peace of mind. Try and find one who has the time to take your calls and who helps you to understand the process rather than using plenty of jargon.
Try and establish whether a conveyancer will have enough time in their schedule to devote to your transaction. The best conveyancer will proactively get started right away with your process, rather than tending to other cases. This can be hard to determine in an initial conversation, but the promptness at which they give you a quote can be a good estimate of their attentiveness.
Choosing the right conveyancing solicitor is important. You want someone experienced and communicative, but also someone within your budget who has the time to manage your transaction. By following the considerations above, though, you should be able to find a conveyancer who can give you peace of mind as you enter the property market.