Conveyancer’s blog – tips if you’re thinking of buying or selling your home over Christmas
As Christmas edges nearer and the year draws to a close, we're all busy buying presents and sorting the house for Christmas. But, once the turkey is eaten and the family starts to relax, many people start to consider finding a new home.
Maybe, there's been a new baby in the household and an extra bedroom is needed or a teenager has left for college or university and you're thinking of downsizing. Or maybe, it's simply a case of needing a change.
Whatever the reason, online statistics show clearly that searching online estate agents like "Rightmove" is wildly popular on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day: millions of us visited Rightmove over the Christmas period in 2015.
lf you're still contemplating selling your house before Christmas, you might be too late to get the adverts online with an estate agent – but the sooner you do so the better: "Twixtmas" (the time between Christmas and New Year), and January are very busy house hunting times.
Whether you're a buyer or a seller, you also need to find someone you trust to be your conveyancer. Keep in mind these factors to consider when starting your house hunt...
Factors to consider when starting a house-hunt
- Read our simple step by step guide to the buying and selling of a property which is easily downloadable here.
- Your house will probably be the most expensive purchase you ever make so make sure you appoint a qualified solicitor who specializes in conveyancing (a conveyancer). You can use Twixtmas to search for a good conveyancer to help you make a smooth move.
- Meet or talk to the person you want to instruct to act on your behalf. Are you happy to deal with them and their solicitors' firm. Are you happy for them to deal with your lender? Are they qualified to do the job? Are they committed and easily contactable?
- When shopping around and obtaining quotes, bear in mind that the cheapest quote you receive might not be the best for what you need to be done. You will, of course expect the conveyancer to deal with the transfer of the legal title of the property but, how many other necessary aspects of your purchase will they cover?
- Does the quote include the cost of search results, surveys, advice on mortgage offers and gifted deposits?
- Does the conveyancer carry out money laundering checks? How will the conveyancer protect your purchase/sale funds?
- Will the conveyancer protect you from fraudulent activities? (If you're not sure how, read our article: Making sure everything's "quite right" on a property transaction" here.
Have a good Christmas – and happy house-hunting!
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Posted 22 December 2016Subscribe to our newsletter
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