Solicitor or conveyancer
Transferring ownership of property from one person to another is often referred to as conveyancing. Typically, there are two professionals that can conduct conveyancing, a solicitor or a licensed conveyancer.
If you’re buying or selling a residential property, we recommend using a licensed conveyancer. They are generally experts in all things property, can offer advice on legal issues involving your sale/purchase, and tend to be cheaper than a solicitor.
However, if you are buying/selling a large commercial property, you might find the services of a solicitor, or property lawyer, more beneficial. Conveyancers typically don’t deal with properties with a value over £2 million.
What will a conveyancer do?
Every property purchase is different and comes with its own unique set of challenges for the conveyancer. However, as a general rule of thumb, you can expect the following procedures to be undertaken during the conveyancing process:
Surveys and searches – A conveyancer will conduct searches around the property and the local area. They will look for things such as planned roadworks, or developments, and bring these to your attention. Your conveyancer will also be able to advise you on the results of a property survey.
Legal documents – A conveyancer will liaise with the seller’s conveyancer to acquire the property’s deeds and contracts.
Advise – Your conveyancer will review the legal documents mentioned above and raise any queries or areas for concerns. They will then advice you of these and discuss with the seller’s conveyancer.
It is worth noting that these are only a few of the procedures carried out by a conveyancer. The entire conveyancing process can differ largely depending on your unique circumstances. Call Mr Homes today on 02920 204555 to discuss your individual requirements and we'll put you in contact with an experienced conveyancer.
Can I do it myself?
It isn’t a legal obligation to hire a solicitor, so you are within your rights to attempt the conveyancing process yourself. However, we highly advice NOT to do this!
Even the most experienced person, with an abundance of time on their hands would not find the conveyancing process a walk in the park.