Choosing The Right Solicitor For Your House Move

Copyright (c) 2011 Robert Gray

We all know that moving house can be one of the most stressful times of our lives – it’s up there with divorce and having a baby – so why not make sure that you get off on the right foot by choosing your conveyancing solicitor wisely and ensuring that they are well placed to do the best possible job for you and achieve your desired outcome with as little stress as possible. The purpose of this article is to look at factors you should take into account when choosing a conveyancing solicitor.

1. Experience.

Do your research (this has been made easier by all the information now available on the internet) and make sure that you choose a solicitor who is very experienced in conveyancing matters and who specialises in that area of law. If you choose a solicitor who ‘generalises’ – i.e. who takes on all types of cases, not just conveyancing – there is a greater chance that important, less obvious factors may be missed.

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2. Solicitors fees.

Moving house can be a costly process and you should make sure you are aware of all of the costs you are likely to face. Again, the internet will prove to be a useful tool to enable you to quickly compare solicitors’ conveyancing fees. If the fees are not quoted on the solicitors’ website then a quick phone call should give you the information you need.

3. Recommendation.

Word of mouth is always a good indication as to whether a solicitor should be used (or avoided). If you know somebody who has recently moved house, even if they are not based near you geographically, ask them about their experience with their solicitor – i.e. was he/she slow, efficient, personable and most importantly, would your friend recommend them?

4. Ease of contact.

You will need to have regular contact with your solicitor throughout the process of moving house so ensure that you instruct somebody with whom you feel comfortable talking to and are not afraid to ask them questions about how your transaction is progressing. A good conveyancing solicitor will be efficient (i.e. keep on top of what is required of him/her and

return your calls and emails promptly), personable and reliable. They should regularly update you and should provide you with all of their contact details from the outset.

5. Estate Agents.

Do not feel pressured into using the solicitor recommended by your estate agent. Your estate agent probably stands to gain a referral fee by passing work over to a specific solicitor and this may not necessarily be the right solicitor for you.

In summary, always remember that you have the right to choose whichever solicitor you wish to carry out your conveyanving procedure. Do your research and choose wisely to minimise the stress and worry so often associated with moving house.

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