There are three points to consider.

  1. Conveyancer’s workload – Does the conveyancer have capacity to take on your case and progress it proactively? Are they due any annual leave which may slow down your transaction? If they are, do they have adequate holiday cover?
  2. What service does the Conveyancer offer? Communication is key with conveyancing. It is a very emotive, stressful time and lack of communication is the biggest issue when chains stagnate.
  3. What does it cost? Conveyancing fees vary from solicitors to solicitors. It is important to ensure any quote you receive includes all costs which can be anticipated from the information you provide.  There may be unforeseen costs which appear during the transaction, but your Conveyancer should advise you immediately before continuing.  Unforeseen costs are rare and usual examples are unregistered properties, help to buy ISAs, gifted deposits, second mortgages or leasehold properties.

Unforeseen costs can be avoided by taking a little time to research the property at quoting stage to ensure you are obtaining a complete quote at the outset.

Costs are important for clients when dealing with property transactions.  We try and price ourselves competitively, but at a level where we can be confident clients receive good value for money.