Buying a home is one of the biggest financial commitments you will ever make, along with being one of the most stressful! Similarly, if you are looking to sell your home, you may be faced with more difficulties than you initially expected, especially if the housing market is at a low ebb and lying dormant.
In Portsmouth, the price of property has risen 1.69% in 2019, meaning it is a good time to sell your home if you are looking to. Conversely, if you are looking to buy your first family home, it will take some serious consideration. Therefore, it is always a wise decision to start looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Portsmouth before you begin either of these processes.
But what should you look for in a conveyancing solicitor?
What is a conveyancing solicitor?
Most solicitors are trained in different areas of the law, a solicitor that is trained in conveyancing usually specialises solely in this area as it is fairly complicated. You hire them to manage the buying or selling of a property for you. While you could choose a regular solicitor to undertake this task, there are many solicitors trained in conveyancing who will make the process run smoother.
Tips for picking a conveyancer
It is tempting to pick a solicitor who offers a quick and cheap sale of your home, but these solicitors are rarely experts and, while they may offer a low fee initially, they will often add additional fees throughout the process.
It may sound obvious, but you will want a solicitor that is easy to communicate with. Many solicitors are experts in legal jargon, which to an untrained person can be confusing in any process. Make sure they are happy to communicate clearly and in plain English when required. Also, are they easy to reach? Do they reply to your telephone calls or emails in a timely manner? If an emergency occurs with the buying or selling of a property, many people find it less stressful if there is a clear line of communication with their solicitor.
As you are choosing this person to buy or sell your property, you need to be sure that they are taking the task seriously. Are they completing work to deadlines? Of course, while this is not possible to know in the first instance, an easy way to check their history is to conduct internet research and this includes looking at any reviews if available.
Similarly, they should always talk and appear in a professional manner during meetings and phone conversations; in the early stages, if you feel this is lacking, look elsewhere.
Once again, sounds obvious but it is rarely checked by potential buyers or sellers, have they done this before? Do they have a portfolio that they can show you of previous sales or buys in relation to housing in your area?
Look for a solicitor with the right level of experience to buy or sell your home for you.