Choosing a Conveyancer
Selling your home is no easy task. Not only is there the paraphernalia related to moving house, there is a lot of paperwork. And yes, paperwork means legalese. So should you even for a moment consider being your own conveyancer? Absolutely not. Definitely not of you would like to retain your sanity at the end of the whole process.
Now that you are not going to be doing the work, you need to hand it over to a conveyancing professional who can run things smoothly for you and explain all the legalese. Here you have two options. You can either hire a licensed conveyancer or a conveyancing solicitor. Before you make your choice keep the difference between them in mind. While they are both qualified to assist you and your real estate agents in selling off your home, a conveyancing solicitor is a legal professional who specializes in conveyancing while a licensed conveyancer is a property professional who is answerable to the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.
Basically, while a conveyancing solicitor can be a licensed conveyancer too, a licensed conveyancer is not a legal professional.
Now that this is clear, how do you go about finding the right professional conveyancer for you? Again there are a few things to consider. If you have a considerable amount of free time on your hands and happen to be uncomfortable using the computer and the internet, then you should visit a couple of conveyancing firms at their office, get quotes from them, compare these quotes and then make your final decision. However, if you are hard pressed for time, don’t have a moment to spare and have no problem using the computer and the internet, then you should visit the websites of a few online conveyancing firms. Most of them will even give you a free conveyancing quote within 24 to 48 hours.
After you have finalised on a conveyancer, it is the time to negotiate his or her fees, hours and the services that he or she shall render. If you are happy with the amount, you can proceed with the process of selling your house.
Another point you should keep in mind is whether your conveyancing professional is an independent consultant or a part of a firm. Usually it is a better choice to go with a firm as that way you will have all the expertise of other licensed conveyancers and solicitors and their previous experience of conveyancing.
So what do you think? Do you still want to be your own conveyancer?