When you have your heart set on purchasing a property, you’ll want to ensure that the transaction proceeds as smoothly as possible. Here are a few tips when looking for the right solicitor.
The best way to find a solicitor, if you’ve not used one before, is to try and get a recommendation. Family members or friends may have been through the process before, so if you can, ask around and see what other experiences buyers and sellers you know have had with solicitors. Remember, the average time to sell is just under six weeks… this is far quicker than a year ago when the average was almost nine weeks!
Solicitors charge their clients in a variety of ways. Some may charge a fixed fee, while others will charge you a percentage based on the value of the house or flat in question. In addition, there may be extra fees to cover the cost of paperwork, any complex issues that require additional work, or if the process requires more time and attention than anticipated. You should try and get at least three different quotes and make an assessment. Remember, the cheapest solicitor may not be the best one for you!
It can save a lot of time if you use a local solicitor with a sound knowledge of local laws and leases. On Buckshaw Village for example you can come across complicated leasehold agreements and management companies in place that require notification when selling your home. The majority of dealings with solicitors can be done over the phone or by e-mail. However, if you’re keen for the process to move as quickly as possible, you might want to consider hiring a firm that is within close proximity to where you live or work. If you can visit them in person, you can save time by avoiding documents going to and fro in the post.
Some property solicitors offer the opportunity for clients to track the progress of their property transaction online. This means that you can access your particular case online 24 hours a day to see how it’s progressing. In some cases, you can also receive updates via e-mail and text message and all the documentation dealt with through the post, cutting out visits to the solicitor’s offices.
Redrose Sales and Lettings has a relationship with Napthens LLP who provide conveyancing services to our customers on a referral basis, whereby on completion of each referral sale or purchase they pay us a referral fee. Details of any referral fees payable are detailed in full on the paperwork provided to you by Napthens should you choose to instruct them. You are free to use another conveyancer/solicitor’s firm if you wish to do so.