Getting your sale through to completion …
If you ask any estate agent, the real hard work begins after we’ve made a sale and found you a suitable buyer. The marketing, viewings and negotiating all look fairly easy in comparison to the conveyancing process which is solely handled by your appointed solicitor. So how can estate agents make this process easier and what can we do to get you moved quicker?
It all begins with picking the right person to look after your legals. There are hundreds of different options out there from dedicated firms who just do conveyancing, to online options and solicitors who do it on the side. You need to pick someone who you can trust to look after your biggest asset whether you are buying or selling and who you know will look after your best interests. As the saying goes, if you pay peanuts you get monkeys and this is often the case with conveyancing. The cheapest quote usually means a bad service handled by a team of conveyancers and being passed from pillar to post. I can guarantee you that this is not something you will want when trying to move home as struggling to get information on a moving date or finding out what’s holding it up can add to what is already a very stressful time. Your estate agent will be able to provide you with their recommended firm. This will normally be a local company who have a good reputation and will work well with the agent, providing them with updates on your transaction and being available as and when we need them.
Whether you’re looking to buy or sell you will be required to fill out the standard forms for your solicitor before anything happens. If you haven’t moved for a while these can be fairly daunting, lots of questions about your home and its inner workings which you probably haven’t ever considered before. It isn’t unusual for us to help you out with these. Although we cannot fill them out for you, a bit of guidance can go a long way especially when you are trying to navigate through all of the legal jargon.
At this stage, our job is all about communication. We will regularly keep you in the loop to make sure you know exactly where you are in the process and how far you are from moving home. We make no apologies for being pushy where needed to make sure the sale goes through as soon as possible and that no party is holding up the transaction. If you’re in a long chain, there are many things that could go wrong, but if all of the estate agents work together, it can really help to smooth out the process and calm nerves at what can be a very critical stage.
If you have any questions about the conveyancing process, feel free to get in touch.