Posted on: 16 November 2015
Buying a home can be a significant step in your life. While there are a lot of things to think about when moving to a new house, you will also need a lawyer to carry out your conveyancing needs. A conveyancer will take care of the legal process that involves moving and ultimately ensuring that the legal title to the property you're buying is properly passed from your seller. Here are some things you should consider before hiring a conveyancer.
Cost is an important factor, but bear in mind it is not the only thing you should take into account. Just like in other areas of life, a cheap course of action is not always the best one. What matters the most is getting value for your money. The cost of conveyancing ranges depending on the value of the property and the work involved. Postage and value-added taxes (VAT) could also lead to additional charges.
Any conveyancer, whether working at the biggest and most prestigious firm or not, should be comfortable discussing cost. You should thus feel confident about discussing the cost up front, before agreeing to any services.
Insurance and regulation
It is important to make sure that the conveyancer you choose to act on your behalf is insured and regulated. This ensure your protection if any major legal defects are to be discovered following the completion of sale.
A lot of complaints by clients are received on how slow conveyancers respond to them. You will want to go with a conveyancer who will respond and meet your needs punctually. A conveyancer who is overwhelmed with clients may not be your best choice. Instead, consider choosing a conveyancer who works in a team. A team is more likely to provide a quicker response than an overstretched practitioner while at the same time being cost effective.
Not all conveyancers have the experience required in the field. That's why it is very important for you to get an understanding of your prospective conveyancer's familiarity with their field of work. A conveyancer who has presented a larger number of clients and has as well been practicing for a long time is a more preferable choice.
Your conveyancer should also be able to offer a backup plan in the case of an absence. If the conveyancer is working as part of a team it also important to understand the level of experience in the other members, since they might also be required to handle your work.Share