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What to Look for in a Conveyancing Solicitor

What to Look for in a Conveyancing Solicitor

Finding a conveyancing solicitor can be hard, especially when most of us don’t know the first thing about the conveyancing process. To help you get the best deal on your conveyancing package, we’ve listed the top five things you should look for in a good solicitor.

Is my solicitor approved by my mortgage lender?

Not many people know that mortgage lenders will only work with certain solicitors, making the search for a conveyancing solicitor that bit harder. If you’ve already got a solicitor in mind for your conveyancing, it will pay to find out as early on as possible if they are approved to work with your mortgage lender.

Luckily at Capital Conveyancing, we work with solicitors who can cover any mortgage, so all you have to do is enter your bank’s name when you apply for a quote and we’ll find you someone who’s perfect for you.

Does my solicitor offer a fixed fee guarantee?

Fixed fees are so important in the conveyancing game. Without them, your initial cheap quote can snowball into an overpriced nightmare.

Many conveyancing firms will only give you the basic solicitor fee at first and tag all the expensive extras like disbursements on at the end without your knowledge, leaving you with a huge bill that you hadn’t budgeted for. Always make sure you get an itemised bill with a fixed fee guarantee at the very beginning of your conveyancing.

What about a no sale no fee guarantee?

Another guarantee you should look out for is the “no sale no fee” which does exactly what it sounds like. If your purchase or sale falls through due to no fault of your own, a no sale no fee guarantee will mean you don’t pay for conveyancing on the next house you choose – basically, you’ll only pay to move once.

Do they list all their prices up front?

If you opt for a fixed fee package, you should ideally get an itemised bill anyway, but occasionally the fixed fee label can be a smokescreen for hidden extra costs. Similar to when the price is too low, if you suspect that your conveyancing quote is too expensive and doesn’t list exactly what the money is going on, look elsewhere.

You want a conveyancing quote that gives a detailed list of what is included in the fee with a complete breakdown of costs – take a look at our other article to find out exactly how much conveyancing should be costing you.

Have they got good reviews?

The most important point to consider when looking for a conveyancing solicitor is if they have good reviews. Look online to see what other people are saying about them – if they’re mostly glowing, you’re onto a winner.

Get a free no obligation quote from Capital Conveyancing today and receive a transparent, fixed fee quote from reputable and friendly conveyancers.

About the Author Ellie Pierpoint

Ellie manages the content for the Capital Conveyancing site, finding ways to help Londoners looking for information and guidance around the conveyancing process, and presenting it in a clear way. Ellie loves writing about all things London, as her research leads her to discover new areas and history.

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