The conveyancing service that you choose can seriously affect the efficiency of your move. Most solicitors can carry out conveyancing but there are also licensed specialist conveyancers specialising in property law. Once engaged, conveyancers will carry out all of the legal paperwork, land registry and local council searches, draft the contract and facilitate the exchange of monies between parties.
Ideally, you should engage a conveyancer at the earliest point in the move as possible as this will increase the chance of it running smoothly. It gives maximum time for all searches and required paperwork to be in place, especially if there is anything potentially contentious.
The cost of conveyancing services depends on the complexity of the move and the property values involved. When it comes to conveyancing, cheapest is not always best. Moving is expensive with stamp duty, removals but the wrong choice in conveyancing may delay moving which will ultimately be more expensive. Obviously, personal referrals are often the most trusted route but it is still important that they fit in with the type of move that you are planning.
You should ideally aim to get at least 3 conveyancing quotes and check to see if they are a fixed fee or purely estimated. If they are the latter then you may want to consider another route as there will be many potential hidden costs depending on the move which will quickly make the end fee higher than expected. Ensure that you get a detailed quote with a full breakdown of costs and services. When comparing the quotes make sure that you are comparing like for like. Some conveyancers work to a 'no completion, no fee' basis which may give you some degree of reassurance.. Finally, you should remember to add VAT as this can also add significantly to the final bill.
Remember that some cheaper specialist conveyancers work in bulk but may also be best placed to fast track searches and correspondence. They may prove to be quicker than a traditional solicitor who has a broad remit.
If you are using a solicitor than you should try and find one that is responsive and good at correspondence. You can test this with some initial emails and calls before engaging them. A solicitor that is too slow or pedantic can seriously affect the move. They could hold up the sale and cause it to fall through. Ideally, you want someone who is responsive, efficient, In control and within budget as they will be responsible for facilitating the sale on your behalf. There are some websites which allow you to impartially compare quotes and the services of conveyancing services. Sites such as compareandconvey.co.uk/ are worth a look before engaging your conveyancer.
Estate agencies will have a wide range of recommended conveyancers but again, you should ask questions to ensure it is a good fit with your move. This may include asking for references and their experience in a similar move and area to you.
For example, here at Zoom995, we can provide, recommend and manage a range of tried and tested services to get you moving quicker. We have worked with a wide range of companies from conveyancing to legal to removals. All are tried and tested and recommended on their customer service, pricing and efficiency.
This blog post does not constitute legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances. Zoom995 cannot assume responsibility and does not accept liability for any damage or loss which may result as a result of your reliance upon it.