Buying or selling a home is one of the most stressful things that someone will go through in their life. Therefore, conveyancing is essential to the process. Finding a good solicitor will aid in a more stress-free and quicker purchase or sale. There are many options that you have and making the right choice is imperative. We have heard many horror stories when this has not been the case! So, how do you go about it?
1) Personal Recommendations
In any business, old fashioned personal recommendations is one of the best and most reliable methods of finding the right solicitor. Speak to family and friends, contact people you know who have recently bought or sold a home, seek their advice and learn from their experience.
This is a simple but highly effective way to source a good solicitor but it is key to gain recent recommendations and act accordingly.
Try to get reviews from a variety of sources. You can use Google, specific review sites such Trustpilot or the Law Society’s Find a Solicitor tool. Find a solicitor who is rated highly from a good number of reviews. Read both positive and negative reviews to give you an idea of why they are rated highly and what to look out for.
This should give you confidence that upon choosing a solicitor they have been highly recommended and are trusted in their industry.
3) Ask the Agent
The agent selling the home will use a preferred solicitor. They will have had experience with them and have built a personal relationship with them over time. After all, it is in the agent’s interest to use a strong, pro-active and responsive solicitor as they too have a vested interest in the sale of a home.
4) Local Firms
With the advent of better technology much of the conveyancing process can now be done online. Therefore, it is not essential to use a local firm. Having said this, as you get closer to exchange, the pressure on all parties increases and having a solicitor close by can ensure that documents can be delivered to them promptly.
5) Choose the Cheapest?
Don’t just decide on the cheapest solicitor, saving a couple of hundred pounds shouldn’t be a motivator. Choosing a firm that is pro-active, has your best interests at heart and one that works in an efficient manner will see you through to exchange and completion in a much more stress-free manner.