17 December, 2009
When you find the house of your dreams, how do you go about making that dream a reality? It's easy to get carried away with colour schemes and furniture shopping, but what you first need is someone to guide you through the legal process to make your dreams become your bricks and mortar.
If you have never instructed a solicitor before, or you weren't happy with previous solicitors you have used, what should you be looking for?
As a starting point, it's a good idea to speak to friends and family about who they have used and whether they have been happy with the service they have received.
If you cannot find a conveyancing solicitor by recommendation then you must decide how you would prefer to deal with a solicitor. If you prefer the internet, then shop on line for a quote, but bear in mind that buying and selling a property will probably be one of the most significant financial transactions that you will ever make. If you deal with solicitors exclusively on-line you won't have the opportunity for a face to face meeting. You may find you are dealing with a call centre where you speak to a different person at the end of the line each time you call.
If you decide you would prefer the more personal approach, and want to instruct someone closer to home, then call some solicitors in your area. Talk to them, don't just ask about price.
Once all these questions have been answered you should have a better idea of whether the solicitor will be the correct one to deal with your conveyancing. This is a personal choice and it is vital to consider who you wish to guide you through the process of what is likely to be the biggest purchase of your life.