This article first appeared in the Winter 2017 edition of our Cwtch Magazine. Please click on the thumbnail above to read it as it appeared in the magazine.
You should find a solicitor as soon as you put your house on the market or start looking for properties to buy. By having one in place before you make or receive an offer, you can ensure there is no hold up as you try to find one.
It’s vitally important to choose an experienced solicitor. Make sure they have relevant qualifications, such as being signed up to the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), which is accredited by the Law Society. Having a solicitor familiar with your local area is also a huge benefit so that they are aware of common problems and how to process them so they have minimum impact.
Before they start any work for you, your solicitor will need certified identification, signed terms and conditions and money on account from you, so have this ready. When buying you will also need to show evidence of the source of your deposit monies.
On your sale, ultimately, the faster the conveyancing paperwork is completed, the faster contracts can be exchanged. A solicitor can do their job more quickly if you have all the documents required available and ready to send to them.
You will be asked to fill in some standard property enquiry and fixtures forms, so aim to reply to these promptly and in full. You should also provide information such as utilities certificates and, if you’ve made any alterations, planning and building regulation documents.
On your purchase you should be open with your solicitor; detailing any enquiries you have about the property and your desired timeframe. You should aim to help them out as much as possible by signing and returning any legal documents quickly, and having your deposit monies and mortgage offer ready as early as possible.
Heidi says: The faster the conveyancing paperwork is completed, the faster contracts can be exchanged.
These easy tips should ensure that the conveyancing process proceeds more smoothly
Contact Heidi on:
Hek Jones Solicitors
104 Whitchurch Road, Heath, Cardiff, CF14 3LY
Tel: 02920 349820