1. Cheaper doesn’t always equal betterWe understand that price is a big deal, and you don’t want to spend more than you have to on an already expensive purchase, but the phrase “you get what you pay for” should be heeded when it comes to conveyancing. Many cheap deals are either from ‘factory conveyancers’ who have little experience and will delay the process with mistakes, or you might find later on down the line that the cheap conveyancing package you bought didn’t come with fixed fees and you’ve had a load of extra expenses tagged onto your bill that you hadn’t planned for.
2. A good conveyancer will get the job done quickWhile it’s important not to buy purely on price, you can still get a perfectly good conveyancer without breaking the bank, and you can be guaranteed that if you opt for someone with a good reputation and plenty of experience, the age old myth of conveyancing taking forever will be a thing of the past. Most quality conveyancing solicitors will get the job done within 8 – 12 weeks, as long as there are no complications.
3. A good conveyancer won’t ignore your callsAnother worry many people have is that their conveyancer will disappear on holiday or go missing in action, leaving them in a panic about what to do next. At In-Deed, our property solicitors give you all their details so you can get hold of them whenever you need, and if they’re out on a job, one of our knowledgeable account managers will be able to update you on your case.
4. Local conveyancers aren’t necessarily more knowledgeableIt’s an urban myth that local equals better and with the help of the internet, it doesn’t actually matter where your conveyancer is based. Conveyancing searches and paperwork can be carried out remotely and you might find that a non-local property solicitor has more experience than a local one, and that should be more important to your decision.
5. Don’t ever accept conveyancing from an estate agentIt might seem like the easy option to accept your estate agent’s offer of conveyancing but usually this option will come at a huge premium. Estate agents are paid a commission of up to £400 for recommending a particular solicitor, and they will pass this cost on to you. You’d be better off spending a couple of minutes searching for your own conveyancing solicitor.
6. Remember that your conveyancing may not include surveys and valuationsSome people leave finding a conveyancer till the very last minute when they put in/receive an offer, but you may not be aware that you’ll need to have surveys and valuations done before this point, and most of the time these don’t come included in your conveyancing package.
The best thing to do is have your conveyancing solicitor chosen and waiting before you need them, so when the time comes you don’t have to wait to be booked in and potentially lose a good deal. If you’re looking for a conveyancing solicitor who is good value, quick, knowledgeable and honest, give Fridaysmove a call on 0800 038 6446.