Choosing a Solicitor…

It’s all plain sailing until the waters start to churn…..

Hurrah! You’ve just accepted an offer for your property. It’s time to choose a solicitor…..right? Generally we recommend choosing a solicitor just after you choose your estate agent. Then you have time to ensure all necessary paperwork is in place or any missing documentation located so that a sale can proceed as soon as you accept that offer.

So, who do you choose? Someone has recommended an online conveyancing firm who promise to act quickly whilst keeping you updated on all progress with an online portal and at a lower price than local firms. Is it too good to be true?

We live in a unique part of the country. After more than 25 years selling property in the local area, I can testify to the idiosyncrasies found in all types of property in the West Country. Amongst other things, mundic block, radon gas, private water and listed properties – to out of area purchasers, these can be alarming. But for the unfamiliar, they can cause long delays and, in some cases, purchasers to withdraw.

As with all decisions, pros and cons must be considered. It is important not to be persuaded to use a firm unless you know the reasons for their recommendation …. unfortunately, the practice of referral fees is commonplace.

When dealing with your highest value asset, using a local firm who are familiar with the area and its nuances cannot be recommended enough. Even the most straightforward sale has its fraught moments and all too often, we are consoling frustrated sellers and purchasers who have been on hold for an indefensible amount of time without any resolution. Some reaching a person only to find that they only accept queries by email.

Local conveyancers deal with a much lower volume of cases which means they can give your case the time and attention it deserves. Even better, they have offices within reach helping a smoother transaction, or at the very least the chance to talk face-to-face with someone.

If you would like to know what to look out for in a conveyancer, please contact us and we would be delighted to help.