Domestic conveyancing is the transfer of property from one person to another – aka buying a house. Moving house is said to be one of the most stressful things you will ever do in your life, so it really makes all the difference to have a solicitor working for you who knows what they are doing and who can manage the whole area of domestic conveyancing with ease – leaving you with time to focus on the many other things involved with relocating your home elsewhere. If you’re confused about conveyancing, and we know that many people are, here are some of your most common questions answered.
How do you choose the right conveyancer for you?
Make sure the solicitor you choose will work with you to complete the domestic conveyancing process on time and with as little inconvenience to you as possible. They should have experience in areas including checking right of way and property boundaries, drawing up contracts, organising your stamp duty (if applicable), communicating with your estate agent and undertaking a home buyer’s survey. Putting your trust in someone to help you secure your dream home is no small feat, so let us reassure you that with our experienced teams in Lisburn and Lurgan, you’ll be in very safe hands.
How long does conveyancing take?
There is no set time for moving house, as there are so many variables to consider, and these will be different for each individual case. You will need to consider if you are buying a new property which is in the process of being built, if you are trying to sell your current home or if you are a first-time buyer, how long it takes to secure a loan, and if there is a chain of people involved in the buying and selling process. The longer the chain, the longer the process is likely to take, which is why first-time buyers are so attractive to sellers. In a best case scenario, it is likely to take a minimum of 6-8 weeks.
How much will conveyancing cost?
As with any legal service, there will be a fee incurred however at Harry McPartland & Sons, we have always believed in transparency and open communication, so if you call us with your requirements we will happily provide you with a quote or estimation for any conveyancing work you need. You may want to phone around for a few different solicitors to compare costs, but beware of any that seem too good to be true, as what you’ll gain in savings you may lose in service, experience and reputation.
What are the stages of conveyancing?
Buying a house normally involves the following 4 stages:
- Pre-exchange where you will arrange for a mortgage, have the property surveyed and contracts will be drawn up.
- Exchange of contracts, and paying your deposit. You’ll normally discuss your moving date now too.
- Completion, or when you can collect your keys for your property.
- Post-completion, where stamp duty is paid and deeds for the property are sent to you or kept with us for safekeeping.
We hope this post has been helpful in answering some of your conveyancing queries, but if you still have questions please just ask us as we are here to help.