For many home movers conveyancing is a grey area. Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring the ownership of a property or land from one party to another. There are numerous conveyancing myths that confuse people when buying and selling property, though. Below, we explore and counter these myths.
Is cheapest best?
Sticking to your budget and finding value is always a priority. But the cheapest conveyancer won’t necessarily be the best choice. Make sure you investigate your options: search for highly recommended conveyancers who walk you through the process in simple terms. Also be wary about the structure of payment; what might initially seem like a cheap deal could get costly if you pay by the hour rather than through a fixed fee.
Does conveyancing arrange a house survey?
Contrary to popular opinion, conveyancers don’t arrange house surveys. The confusion stems from people mixing up surveys with house searches. During the conveyancing process, solicitors will work with local authorities to conduct a search on the house; usually for things like local planning developments that could affect the property or environmental risks.
Do you have to use a local conveyancer?
It isn’t actually essential to use a local conveyancer seeing as no local knowledge is required. What’s more, all the conveyancing tasks can be completed online too. Although it can be helpful if the solicitor has a feel for the area, it is by no means essential. Ultimately, the location of your conveyancer shouldn’t feel like a deciding factor in your choice.
Are conveyancers hard to get hold of?
As long as you make an informed choice when you hire a conveyancer, you should get attentive service. In this era or instant messaging and emails there’s no excuse for your solicitor to be difficult to contact. Just ensure that you select one who comes with trusted recommendations.
Is it a long process?
There’s no reason why the conveyancing process should take a long time. Usually, the process should take between eight and twelve weeks – as long as there are no untimely complications or delays coming from other parties.
There are plenty of myths surrounding conveyancing. But ultimately, as long as you make a good choice when hiring your solicitor you should be insulated from any nasty surprises. By following the explanations above, you should be well set to begin your conveyancing process.