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Choosing the right conveyancing solicitor

Buying a property is the largest purchase that most people make in their lifetime, and when it’s your first home, choosing the right conveyancing solicitor is important to help you make informed decisions.

What does a conveyancing solicitor do?

Everyone buying or selling a house needs a conveyancing solicitor who will prepare and advise on contracts, carry out local authority and land registry searches, give legal advice and deal with lenders to transfer the funds to the other parties.

How to choose a conveyancing solicitor?

It is important to choose a conveyancing solicitor who understands the local property market and who can work quickly and efficiently on your behalf. Estate agents may recommend a solicitor but ultimately it is important that you decide who you want to use, so don’t be driven by price alone. Online conveyancing may be cheaper, but you won’t get the same quality or consistency of advice and they may not be able to deal with more complex legal issues on your behalf.

Ask your family and friends for recommendations or find a solicitor who is a member of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS).

How much does it cost to use a conveyancing solicitor?

Costs vary, but don’t forget that the level of service you receive is important to ensure the transaction goes through smoothly and quickly.

Your solicitor will be able to give you a quote for their fees which should cover all costs including searches, Land Registry fees, bank transfer charges, stamp duty and VAT. On top of this, there may be extra disbursements charged which should cover postage or extra searches. If the process is more complex and requires additional legal work then they should be able to tell you the extra cost of this.

Sometimes buying a house has setbacks along the way and having a solicitor who you can contact easily and talk to about progress, especially if you are in a chain can help reduce your stress and ensure you feel in control of your house sale or purchase.

Chat to our team today to see how they can help you make your next property move, whether buying or selling a house, they will be with you every step of the way.

Alan Williams is a partner at Gullands Solicitors