6 things you MUST consider before choosing your Conveyancing Solicitor

Friday, 29 May 2015 | Elizabeth Larkin
6 things you MUST consider before choosing your Conveyancing Solicitor

When should you think about choosing a Conveyancing Solicitor?

Before you start shopping around for your new home!  Your Conveyancing Solicitor is the person responsible for transferring legal ownership of the property from the seller to you.  As soon as you put in an offer on your dream home, the estate agent will ask for your Conveyancing Solicitor’s details.  You’ll want to be ready!

What are the 6 things that you MUST consider when choosing your Conveyancing Solicitor?

  1. Cost

    Don’t be afraid to ask for a full list of charges up front.  The old saying is true when choosing your Conveyancing Solicitor, you’ll get what you pay for.  You should expect to be charged a reasonable fee for your Solicitor’s time.  When choosing your Conveyancing Solicitor, be very wary of the cheap quotes that can be found on the internet, a raft of hidden costs could end up blowing a hole in your budget.

  2. When choosing your Conveyancing Solicitor - consider their qualifications and expertise

    Solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and will be fully insured for the work they undertake.  When choosing your Conveyancing Solicitor, look for a Solicitor who is an expert in Property Law and Conveyancing.  Ask about their experience and that of their team.  You’ll want to have a good relationship with your Solicitor and most will be happy to answer questions of this nature.

  3. Will your Conveyancer be easy to contact?

    When choosing your Conveyancing Solicitor, ask if they’ll give you their direct telephone number and email address if you instruct them?  You’ll want to be able to reach your Solicitor if you have an urgent question that needs answering and you should ensure that you’ll have one single point of contact throughout.  This should be an important factor in choosing your Conveyancing Solicitor.   Feel free to ask how the Firm covers staff holidays and illness too.

  4. Should you consider online conveyancing companies when choosing your Conveyancing Solicitor?

    Most online conveyancing companies are resourced by huge call centres and warehouses of staff, where thousands of property transactions can be churned out at knock down prices.  You’ll never meet your conveyancer face-to-face so your only means of contact will be via telephone and email. Whilst many of these companies allow you to track the progress of your case online 24/7, the downside is that you’ll rarely speak to the same person twice and you’ll be sacrificing a personal service for a reduced fee.  Bear this in mind when choosing your Conveyancing Solicitor.

  5. Is the location of your conveyancer important to you?

    When choosing your Conveyancing Solicitor, you may wish to use a Firm that is located close to your home or workplace.  This can be really convenient when you want to drop off or collect important documents.  A local Solicitor should also have a good working knowledge of the surrounding area and will know of any pending developments locally that you need to be aware of.

  6. Have you sought recommendations from family or friends before choosing your Conveyancing Solicitor?

    Friends, family, colleagues, financial advisors and estate agents will all have their own recommendations for choosing your Conveyancing Solicitor.  It is worth bearing in mind that many estate agents will receive a commission in return for recommending a local Solicitor so it is worth doing a bit of your own research too.  Take a look at the Law Firm’s website- do they have a testimonials section that you can browse? If all else fails, the Law Society’s website provides a ‘find a solicitor’ service that will help you when choosing your Conveyancing Solicitor.

Are you choosing a Conveyancing Solicitor in Surrey, Berkshire or Hampshire?

Then why not call Ascot lawyers on 01344 512370 or click here if you’re looking for further information on choosing a Conveyancing Solicitor.