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Sure-fire ways to stress-free conveyancing
Let’s be honest, moving house is stressful – from de-cluttering your attic and managing your removals, through to the unpacked boxes piled up in your kitchen.
But one area that doesn’t need to be stressful is your conveyancing. In this article, we walk through four steps to keeping your conveyancing simple and stress-free.
Choose your conveyancer
Your conveyancing solicitor will be handling all aspects of your property transaction, so it’s important to find someone you trust.
Price is often a key factor, but don’t confuse ‘low cost conveyancing’ with ‘value for money’. The cheapest solicitor is unlikely to the most efficient whilst high prices don’t necessarily equate to top quality.
Ask for recommendations from friends, family and even your estate agent. And look for a solicitor that quotes for all charges up-front – including stamp duty, searches and VAT. That way you’ll know exactly how much you’ll need to pay from the start, without any nasty surprises.
Put your paperwork in order
If your conveyancing solicitor needs further information from you, make sure it’s readily available. At the very least you’ll need to provide the estate agents’ details, information about the property and your ID, such as a passport and utility bill.
Some mortgage offers expire after six months, so make sure yours is valid and up-to-date. It’s also important that you have your deposit ready, or be in a position to release the funds ready for when your solicitor needs them.
Most people underestimate the amount of work required and how long it’ll take. Certain transactions – such as those involving leasehold properties – can take longer, whilst a delay to searches, problems in the chain or even one party going on holiday can add days or even weeks to the process.
“How long will this take?” – it’s a commonly-asked question. But be patient and rest assured that your solicitor is working to get you into your new home as quickly as possible.
We understand that the process is frustrating, especially when new information or potential problems come to light. The important thing is to stay calm and remember that hiccups are normal.
Conveyancing hold-ups are the most common reason for delays, which is why it’s so important to choose the right solicitor. One that communicates regularly and focuses on solutions will be your ally and can help make the situation as stress free as possible.
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