What to look for in a Conveyancer

If you are buying a house, whether for the first or the fiftieth time, you will need the legal support of someone that you trust to help with the legal process of buying the property, known as ‘Conveyancing’.

Buying a home is likely to be your single biggest purchase in life, so you shouldn’t leave it to chance when it comes to choosing a lawyer for the important conveyancing work.

When looking for a conveyancing lawyer, there are several considerations that should be taken into account, depending on your individual circumstances:

  1. You may prefer to use a recommended firm of solicitors or conveyancers. A friend, colleague or family member who has had a good experience with a conveyancer can give an invaluable insight into the service that they received.
  2. You may be tempted to think that conveyancing is all the same whatever price you may, so why not pay the cheapest price possible?  The process of conveyancing may be similar, but the price you pay will dictate the service that you receive.
  3. Individual conveyancers vary in years and type of experience. Looking at a law firm’s website or on LinkedIn will help you to be confident in the conveyancer you choose to handle your purchase or sale.
  4. Work out who will actually deal with your matter. Are you happy with their qualifications, knowledge and experience?
  5. Estate agents often recommend conveyancers. However, you should bear in mind that they may only do so because they are receiving a referral fee and therefore, that conveyancer may not be the best choice for handling your matter.
  6. Check the quotation that you have been given carefully. The headline price may look good but check the small print for any additional costs and do not automatically assume that these costs will not apply to you. Often, the small print prices will apply quite commonly.  If in doubt, overestimate how much you may end up paying or ask for a fixed fee to include any additional costs.
  7. If you are obtaining a mortgage, it is important to ensure that your conveyancer is on your chosen lender’s conveyancing panel. It can be very frustrating to find a conveyancer you’re happy to instruct, but then find that they cannot act after all, and you have to begin the process of identifying a conveyancer all over again.

If you are content that your chosen conveyancer has checked all of the above boxes, then you can instruct with confidence, and begin to provide the relevant documentation that will enable your conveyancer to complete your sale and/or purchase to your timescales. However, if you are not completely happy, feel free to ask the relevant questions before committing to an instruction.

If you have any questions or would like any further information on the conveyancing process, please get in touch at cdunn@woodfines.co.uk or by phone on 01908 202150.