If you’re planning to buy or sell a property then you are really going to need a conveyancing solicitor to do the legal work for you.
Some very, very brave people do this work themselves, but this is not really advisable. There are a plethora of things that can go wrong – and when they go wrong they go really wrong. Worst-case scenario, you could lose your home or even enjoy a stay in prison at Her Majesty’s pleasure.
So – given that you need a solicitor it’s a given that you need to choose the right solicitor for the job.
Your estate agent will undoubtedly recommend one to you – but this is not always the best way to get a good deal. You estate agent will likely have an arrangement with the solicitor, with for reciprocal business, or even commission for the referral. In either case – you are likely to end up paying more than you need to.
The other problem is – given that any town usually has a number of different firms, not to mention those firms who will act for matters anywhere in the UK – how do you choose the right solicitor?
The internet is your best friend here. Take advantage of the reviews that members of the public are all too ready to leave for other potential customers to read. Be sure to look at independent reviews, such as those you will find in Google. One should expect to find a few bad reviews – or at least somewhat critical reviews. Not to find these would be very suspicious. What you are looking for is a solicitor who has mainly good reviews. There’s always going to be some moany person who finds fault with everything, and someone else who has had bad luck and is blaming the solicitor for everything. Reviews are useful when taken in broader context, and as a whole. What is the MAIN thrust of the reviews?
Some websites really help – (if you’re prepared to use national solicitor) – for example this www.equoteconveyancing.co.uk will list quotes from a number of different solicitors, and let your read reviews and feedback on each one. No effort has been made to hide bad reviews – so you can get a real feel for each solicitor’s service.
What you really need from your solicitor is a FIXED PRICE. If you tell the solicitor everything about the property your are buying / selling and your mortgage then they should be able to tell you the price up-front and stick to it. Be very wary of quotes that only show the legal fee – or and estimated price.