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Conveyancing Tips

This is a list of conveyancing advice. Please help us expand this list. Some list are seen on conveyancers and solicitors law firms.

1

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Always make sure your conveyancing firm is governed by the Law Society/SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority).

2

Contact Remotely

You don't need to visit your high street solicitor anymore - you can do your conveyancing via email / telephone.

3

Online is Faster

Online conveyancing is often quicker than using a high street firm.

4

Hidden Charges

If you get a conveyancing quote – always make sure there are no hidden charges.

5

Multiple Offices

If the firm of Solicitors or Conveyancers you are using has more than one office, then they can act on both sides of a transaction; that is, one side acts for the vendor, the other acts for the purchaser. This should help keep time scales down to a minimum. If they do not have more than one office, then they cannot act for both the vendor and purchaser, as this will be a Conflict of Interest

6

Find Options

The BBC website states that the average solicitor fees (not including Disbursements & VAT) in England & Wales is around £550.00 but good, cheaper options are available if you shop around.

7

Home Information Pack

Following the abolishment of the HIPs (Home Information Pack) buyers now pay for the searches and the seller's only have to supply an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate).

8

You Get What You Pay For

Don't always go for the lowest priced Conveyancing firms; you normally get what you pay for. Similarly, you don't want to end up paying a fortune

9

Compare Quotes

Get several quotes and compare them side by side. Is there something one firm is quoting for but another firm isn't? If so, ask them why and how much they charge for it

10

Buying Property and HIP

If you are buying a property, does it have a HIP? If so, how old is it? Your mortgage lender will accept the searches found in a HIP as long as they are no longer than 6 months old. This will save you having to purchasing new searches.