Buying or selling a home can be a stressful time, whether you are a first time buyer, or looking to leave your current home for a new one. While even finding a new home can be stressful enough, the paperwork side of things can also lead to a lot of lost sleep. This can be even worse is there is some kind of legal issue surrounding the sale of a house, such as the current owners of the property getting a divorce (and so having multiple solicitors involved), or if there is some issue around the boundary of the property. In these cases, a conveyancer, who would handle the all the paperwork involved in purchasing a property, would refer you to a fully trained solicitor in any case, so it would be better to find someone who is fully trained in property law to begin with, so as to avoid any potential delays.
What to look out for
While getting a conveyancer to handle your needs may seem like the cheaper option, a conveyancer has less training and is specialized in property alone, whereas a conveyancing solicitor will have extensive training in many aspects of law, including property. This could cover you in case any legal issues crop up unexpectedly, and avoid any delays that could potentially lead to the purchase or sale of a property falling through. In terms of finding a conveyancing solicitor, it is worth keeping in mind that most mortgage lenders or banks have certain solicitors and conveyancers on their ‘panel’, and will usually charge you, the lender, a representation fee (usually around £200, but this varies). So it is worth seeing what they can advise you, or how much they would charge you for using someone who isn’t on their panel. You could also go down the route of asking your estate agent to recommend a solicitor or conveyancer, but this will often lead to them charging a large commission which will lead to an increase in your bill. This also runs the risk of them recommending the solicitor from which they would gain the most commission, rather than the one who would offer you the best service. You could also find your own conveyancing solicitor online, which will allow you to look into which solicitor will offer the best possible service and allowing you to find someone trustworthy and nearby to make what can be an arduous process easier.
Finding the right conveyancer can be quite a taxing process, but it is essential to ensure paperwork is correctly completed and sent off promptly to avoid any unnecessary delays. So by finding the right conveyancing solicitor for you could make the process of buying or selling substantially easier and less stressful. Solicitors Guru will allow you to look into a wide range of conveyancing solicitors, enabling you to compare their fees, and what level of service they offer, hopefully simplifying the process even further for you.