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3 Mar 2016

Speed is number one priority when choosing a conveyancer

Author: Antony Gibson

51% say speed is more important than the price or service when choosing a conveyancer, according to Romans’ latest poll.

“Conveyancing is an essential aspect of buying or selling a home as it's the legal process of transferring property from one person to another” comments Antony Gibson, Residential Sales Director at Romans, “however buyers and sellers are often in a rush to choose one and end up running into all manner of problems.”

Several industry experts have reported that the surge in property transactions this year has resulted in a shortage of available conveyancers, creating long delays and slowing down the moving process.

Choosing the wrong conveyancer or solicitor can result in further delays due to incomplete paperwork and lack of communication. Always look out for conveyancers that are easy to get hold of and keep you up to date on the progress of your sale; it can be very frustrating and time consuming chasing contacts.

Things to look out for when choosing a conveyancer…

 

  • CommunicationCommunication is key

As mentioned above, choosing a conveyancer who will keep you informed throughout the process will save you precious time and ensure you know how much progression has been made on the sale or purchase of your property.

Look out for conveyancers that provide 24/7 online tracking tools and a variety of communication methods, including phone, email and text.

 

  • Hidden costsHidden costs

Check your quotes include everything; some conveyancers don’t include disbursements (sums paid by your lawyer to third parties such as search fees, Land Registry fees and stamp duty) or the VAT. Unfortunately, if the cost looks too good to be true, it probably is.

 

  • Sale falls throughWhat happens if your sale falls through?

House sales and purchases can fall through for a number of reasons, and it’s important that you’re clear on what you’d have to pay your conveyancer if the unavoidable happens.

Look out for firms that offer a ‘no completion, no fee’ option, but still be aware that this might not cover everything; you could still be liable to pay the disbursements.

 

Whether you're buying or selling, Romans’ panel of experienced legal experts will help you move between properties with as little stress as possible. They focus on a quick completion, so you can get on with moving into your new home.

For further information or to request a quote online visit: romans.co.uk/conveyancing.

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