Buying a new home is exciting, whether it is a first-time purchase or an additional property to your portfolio, you will need a conveyancing lawyer to act for you in the process and ensure that the ‘legal title’ to the property passes from the seller to the buyer. Susan Ward, residential property lawyer at Mooney Everett Solicitors in Ormskirk, Lancashire, shares her top five tips to consider when getting a conveyancing quote:
1. What type of conveyancing service are you buying?
In today’s market, there are a number of ways to purchase conveyancing services, including online and in call centres. However, the services of these companies differ dramatically from that of a local lawyer, who can offer a personalised service tailored to your needs and is easily accessible.
2. What is included?
Make sure you are aware of any hidden costs, disbursements and VAT charges that may arise. For example, legal fees for one firm might appear cheaper on paper, but hidden costs could mean that you end up paying more than you were led to believe in the end.
A good conveyancer will make sure that they keep you in the loop during the process and you will no doubt have lots of questions. Good communication works both ways and it is important to clear up any questions you have with your solicitor, such who has access rights. Remember, your solicitor will most likely not have viewed the property, whereas you and the estate agent will have done. If there is anything about the property or the surrounding area that concerns you, tell your solicitor who can raise a query on your behalf.
It is also important to ask your lawyer about which types of searches they recommend carrying out on the property you are buying. This is where good local knowledge can be useful, as your solicitor will know which searches are relevant for the area, as well as those that are not, saving you time and money in the process.
5. Listen to recommendations
One of the most effective ways to find the right solicitor can be through word of mouth recommendations. Referrals from friends and family can be invaluable and save you a lot of time, money and stress so it can be useful to seek the advice of those who have gone through the process before. Here is what some of our clients have to say:
“Mrs Susan Ward is second to none. She was always so helpful whenever I had to speak to her, she made me aware of any situation every step of the way. Many Thanks.” Mrs H, 2017
“As you know I have used Mooney Everett for house sale conveyancing, house purchase conveyancing and divorce. I have had outstanding service in all respects and will contact you shortly for my will. Big thanks to Helen Morgan and Susan Ward.” Mr F, 2017
At Mooney Everett Solicitors, our residential property team specialises in conveyancing law and will be by your side through every stage of the moving process to ensure it is done as smoothly and efficiently as possible. We always ensure that our written quotes outline all of the fees, including any stamp duty land tax payable or search fees. Our in-depth knowledge of the local area means that with Mooney Everett you will only have to pay for searches are relevant to Lancashire or Liverpool. Click here to get a no obligation conveyancing quote from us today.
The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.