Finding out more about your conveyancing solicitor
Buying or selling a house can be incredibly stressful and it is always best to use the services of professionals within the industry to help with the key elements for you. This includes a reputable Estate Agent to handle the marketing of your home and to find you the perfect property and a Gloucester Solicitor or one local to your region to deal with the legal aspects of the sale and purchase.
When you instruct an Estate Agent they will come to your existing property to take pictures and obtain information about your home in order to build up an advertising profile. When it comes to finding a property you will need to provide them with an indication of the price bracket you are looking at, the desired property locations and the size of property you are looking for. This all helps them to search their portfolio of properties to find the appropriate ones for you to view.
Your conveyancing solicitor will handle everything from applying for searches on your property right through to the exchange and final handle over of keys on completion day. There are some useful questions that you may want to ask your chosen solicitor and these include:
- What are the standard charges? – it is important to ascertain what charges may be applicable for your sale or purchase and any unforeseen costs that may arise so that you can budget for this. Disbursements (third party costs) as usually included in the final figure that the solicitor will give you but it is always best to check.
- Who is the case handler? – The solicitor that you see is not always the person that will handle your property sale and purchase so it is a good idea to find out the name of the person or people that are likely to be dealing with your case.
- When will I hear from you? – It can be very unnerving when you don’t hear from your property solicitor for a long period of time but this is very common as it takes tie for searches to be completed and for the solicitor dealing with the sale of purchase on the other side of the chan to reply to any queries that your solicitor may have.
- When do I need to pay my fees – some solicitors will ask you to pay your fees at exchange of contracts and others may ask for a percentage of your fees at this point. It is best to ask them straight away when you will be expected to pay your fees and in what increments.