10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Conveyancing Solicitor

10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Conveyancing Solicitor

Picking the right conveyancing solicitor can be like picking a needle out of the haystack. Do you rely on recommendations from family or friends or pave your own way and select one yourself? Do you go for the cheapest fees? Or do you find the one with the best rating on Yelp?

Don’t worry! Our 10 things to consider when picking a conveyancing solicitor will give you all of the information you need to make the best choice.

Are they on your mortgage lenders panel? Picking a solicitor that is not on your mortgage lenders approved panel of solicitors can lead to unnecessary complications or even a refusal to lend. Make sure that your appointed solicitor is on the panel of the bank or building society you’re using for your mortgage. If they’re not, ask them to register with that lender. Registration can take time and, in a time-dependent market this can cause trouble.

Fees. Yep, solicitors will all charge fees, these can be wide-ranging, depending on location and reputation. Ordinarily, a house purchase will be a trying time on your finances so be sure to budget for your conveyancing costs. The cheapest conveyancer is not often the best solicitor so be cautious if the price is significantly lower than you expected.

What other clients say about them. A great way of evaluating a solicitor is to check what the previous clients have to say about them as a conveyancer. If a conveyancer has outstanding reviews from people they have taken through the process you’re likely to be in safe hands.

Ask your family and friends, chances are at some point they have been through the process, having a family recommended solicitor gives you a great idea of what expectations you should have. Likewise, if they have had a poor experience you know you can discount them from your list.

Check their credentials. Experienced solicitors are likely to be far better equipped to handle your conveyancing than a practice that is made up of legal juniors.

Don’t always take an estate agents recommendation. Often times an estate agent will recommend a conveyancer. This is normally because they have a financial agreement for every client they pass over. This can lead to you receiving a poorer service than if you had sought out your own conveyancer.

Local knowledge could play a role. While you may be tempted to hire a conveyancer in a different location because they offer attractive rates, this may also have repercussions. Hiring a conveyancer from your local area puts them at an advantage because they specialise in that location. A local conveyancer will be abreast of local developments that could potentially impact your property purchase.

Tying back on the original fee point, you should find out how your conveyancer’s fee structure operates and whether they charge a fixed fee or if they charge a percentage of the property value. Some conveyancers like estate agents will charge a percentage of the value of the property you’re purchasing which could drive up fees compared to traditional fixed fee conveyancers.

Make sure they provide a full breakdown of their fees. A reputable conveyancer should always provide a full breakdown of costs so you’re in no two minds about the services you’re paying for.

Communication. The property buying process can be convoluted and confusing, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. A conveyancer that communicates with you as the process unfolds is definitely one you should seek out. Chasing solicitors, as well as all of the other hassles that come along with buying a property, is additional and unneeded stress. Good conveyancers hold your hand every step of the way.

At Woodgrange Solicitors we have the experience and expertise to take you through the process seamlessly. Contact us now for a no-obligation discussion and find out how we can help you today.