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How to pick a conveyancer

by Iain Mason

Published on 26th February 2018

Your house is probably the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make, so it is important to get everything right and how to pick a conveyancer is something many house-hunters ask themselves.

The first question to answer is, what is conveyancing?

‘Conveyancing’ is a term which refers to all the legal and administrative work associated with transferring the ownership of land or buildings from one person or organisation to another.

The conveyancing process begins after you have had an offer accepted on a property. It ends once the final contracts have been signed and the money has been transferred to complete the purchase.

Your conveyancer will:

  • Report to you fully on the sale and the purchase
  • Deal with the contracts to ensure your interests are protected
  • Give legal advice
  • Carry out appropriate searches to obtain all relevant information regarding planning and environmental matters
  • Deal with the Land Registry formalities
  • Transfer the funds and deal with the necessary financial side.

How to pick a conveyancer

First, ask you friends and family – particularly those who have moved recently – for recommendations or suggestions. If someone has had a positive experience with a conveyancer, that’s a good endorsement.

Do not feel you have to use the conveyancer your estate agent recommends. Very often there is a financial incentive for them to recommend certain conveyancers.

Make sure anyone you choose is a member of a professional body, such as the Law Society of England and Wales, CILEX – which is the Chartered Institute for Legal Executives, or the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.

Above all, pick someone you feel comfortable with, who will communicate with you regularly throughout what can be a long and complicated process. There are often difficulties that crop up –  issues that arise from a survey, your buyer (or vendor) dropping out, or a break in the chain. The last thing you need on top is a conveyancer who you don’t feel is on your side.

At Optimum Professional Services, our legal team have more than 25 years’ experience in helping people to buy and sell their home. Many of our clients move several times over and come back to us time and again – it’s wonderful to see how they have progressed up the housing ladder, or even decided to downsize!

How to pick a conveyancer? Why not just pick us! For a no obligation chat, please get in touch.

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