How to Choose a Conveyancer That is Right For You – 7 Factors to Consider
How to choose a conveyancer that is right for you and your situation is a question anyone who has brought or sold property would have deliberated before. Furthermore, we know buying or selling a home can be a stressful time, which can be made worse if you select the wrong conveyancer/property solicitor. To help with the process, the Tollers conveyancing team have put together a few things to consider before making your decision, to ensure you pick the right person.
Consider online reviews
Checking online reviews is always a good thing to consider, you can look at an individual legal firm’s reviews on their own website. However, we also recommend checking with independent review sites, as these can often provide peace of mind before deciding on who to work with and hold no bias. There are a wide variety of both law-specific sites such as Review Solicitors or general ones like Google and Trustpilot.
Seek out recommendations from friends and family
Asking friends and family members to recommend a solicitor is a good idea and always more personal, especially those who have recently used a conveyancer to buy or sell a home. Asking for a recommendation not only allows you to get their view on who to use, but also means you can ask them more in-depth questions regarding their overall experience in order to help you decide and you can also ask them to make a personal introduction on your behalf.
Use a local firm
Another factor to consider when choosing a conveyancer/property lawyer is whether to use a locally based legal firm. Whilst online conveyancers may appear cheaper (primarily due to the volume of matters they undertake at one time to cover their costs), trying to save on costs can often mean they are less responsive, rarely accessible and lead to longer transaction times, as they juggle multiple cases simultaneously.
This however, does not happen when you work with a well-established local firm. With a local legal practice, you receive more of a personalised service and your local solicitor is more accessible, as they tend to have a team supporting them, who will and can provide regular updates via phone, face-to-face and email. A local solicitor/conveyancer will also know their local market, enabling them to provide the most relevant advice and guidance to assist you with your sale or purchase.
Ensure the Firm you choose is on the mortgage lender’s panel
Mortgage lenders tend to have a panel of trusted Firms that they are happy to work with and will allow to act for them. It is essential to check that your solicitor’s practice is on your specific lender’s panel, as a lender will only agree to work with them if they are. If you have already chosen a lender, the best way to check this is to call the firm and ask if they are on the conveyancing panel.
Timescale and capacity
Every law Firm will have its own Staff capacity and processes in place to facilitate your sale or purchase. Asking for an estimation of the timescale for your sale or purchase is important, as your solicitor will be aware of any delays that may be caused by external bodies such as the local council in relation to searches, delays from the other side’s solicitors etc.
The cost involved in dealing with your sale or purchase can vary depending on several factors such as the location of the property, the services you require and the Firm you choose to instruct. Understanding the costs involved is vital and getting a quote beforehand is always advised.
It is also important to understand the fee structure for any disbursements your conveyancer/solicitor may need to make to third parties in relation to your sale or purchase and that will be charged back to you. These disbursements could include searches, any other professional fees and other expenses and should be clearly set out in any quote that you receive before you instruct your solicitor.
Make sure the firm you choose does what you need
Whilst this may seem straightforward, some people have gone to a conveyancing solicitor when really what was needed was a Commercial solicitor. For example, if you are looking at a shop with a flat above the premises, in all likelihood you would require the services of a Commercial Property solicitor.
Talk to Tollers
Whether you are a first-time buyer or have bought and sold properties before, when buying or selling a property there may be other legal services you require. You may feel it is an ideal time to update your will, have a declaration of trust drawn up if others are involved in the purchase or generally deal with something unrelated to your property transaction.
These are just a few things to consider when deciding on the perfect conveyancer for you.
If you would like to discuss your property matter, have additional questions or would like a quote … Talk to Tollers on 01604 258558, where our highly qualified team of conveyancers are on hand to address any queries you may have and provide the information you need to ensure you have the right conveyancer on your side.