Moving home can be one of the most stressful times of your life, but it can also be an exciting and positive time.
The conveyancing process is full of uncertainty. Your transaction may be linked to numerous other transactions over which you have no control and this can be stressful, but knowing what you can and cannot control in this process can help.
Five top tips to help the process run smoothly:
1. Seek early legal advice and be organised
Seeking legal help as soon as possible can ensure that any problems are quickly identified. There will be a lot of information to be gathered and forms to be completed before your transaction can proceed; a good solicitor will guide you through this process, helping you save time and money.
2. You have the right to choose your solicitor
Your estate agent may recommend that you use one of their panel solicitors or conveyancers, but you have the right to choose your own solicitor. You are not under any obligation to use the panel solicitor.
3. Choose the right solicitor
When appointing a Conveyancing Solicitor, do not make a hasty decision. But how do you identify a good Conveyancing service?
- Experience is the most important thing to look for; the firm should specialize in conveyancing.
- Check whether the firm is CQS accredited - the Law Society’s gold standard for residential conveyancing.
- They should provide a named contact person, email address, a physical address and a phone number.
- You should receive a "Client Care Letter" upfront, showing a costs breakdown and description of the service they will provide.
- Above all, remember ‘you get what you pay for’, so don’t be taken in by the cheapest quote.
4. Be realistic about time scales
There are often long chains which can cause delays. Be flexible about time frames, and have a ‘Plan B’ in case your deadlines cannot be met.
Always communicate with your solicitor as soon as possible if there is a problem. Keeping information from your solicitor or delaying in telling them can affect the speed and even the outcome of the process. The more open your relationship is the less stressful it is likely to be and never be afraid to ask questions. However, constantly contacting your solicitor for updates may stop them from getting on with the actual work!
For more information or guidance please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01474 351199 – even if just for peace of mind!