Tips For Choosing A Conveyancer Or Solicitor
When you are purchasing or selling a house, it is very important to find a good conveyancer or lawyer. It can mean the difference between a transaction that goes smoothly and without stress and one that goes badly and causes stress.
Why Hire A Conveyancer Or Solicitor
Many years ago, people buying or selling a home would hire a conveyancing solicitor recommended to them by a friend or family member. Sometimes, they would just hire a firm that had been going to represent their family for generations because they knew them.
Even just ten years ago, buyers and sellers were more likely to hire a local conveyancing firm because their location was useful, and they had probably seen some advertising for that firm in the neighbourhood.
With how quickly conveyancing services are changing, it’s easy to see why people get confused or have trouble trying to find a good conveyancer who is also affordable. Even worse, the decision is often made quickly.
What Does a Conveyancer or Solicitor Do?
A Contract is usually signed on the weekend after an open house, and the “clock starts ticking” when both parties and their conveyancing solicitors get a copy of the Contract. This means that buyers and sellers are often in a hurry to find a conveyancer so that the process can begin quickly.
Tips To Choose An Ideal Conveyancer
We’ve put together a list of our top 3 tips for choosing a good conveyancer/conveyancing solicitor to make the process a little bit easier:
1. Choose A Conveyancing Lawyer With an Office Close Enough for You to Visit.
If your real estate transaction is simple and there are no problems, it might not matter who your lawyer is. It might be possible to handle everything by phone or by email. But be careful: choosing a distant solicitor, an online professional services provider, or an unpracticed conveyancing lawyer could put you in danger if something unusual or unexpected occurs during the solicitor’s transaction.
You should also remember that you want to select a conveyancer who builds a successful business by providing good service. Most of the time, this is accomplished by establishing trust with customers so that they will tell their family and friends about the business. You can only build these relationships with your conveyancer or conveyancing lawyer by meeting with them in person. It is hard to build these relationships online alone.
2. Look Around and Choose a Trusted Conveyancing Solicitor
As we’ve already said, relationships are very important in conveyancing. When you hire a conveyancer, you’re putting (probably) your most important asset in their hands. You must have faith in them.
It’s nice to put a face to a name, but meeting and talking with your conveyancer builds more trust.
You can decide if you want to meet your conveyancing solicitor or not. Maybe you don’t have much time and don’t want to meet your conveyancer or conveyancing solicitor. That’s fine if the job gets done and your transaction goes smoothly. But if you would like to meet with us, you are welcome to visit our seasoned conveyancers and solicitors’ lawyers at www.melbourneconveyancingroup.com.au
If your conveyancing solicitor can’t or won’t talk to you on the phone, takes too long to respond to your emails, or won’t meet with you in person, we would suggest that they are not the right conveyancers for you. You don’t want to feel like just another piece of paper on their desk.
3. Choose A Conveyancing Lawyer with Experience
When choosing a buyer agent or conveyancing solicitor, their experience level is one of the most important things to consider.
Don’t be afraid to ask your conveyancer how long they have been in business, where they have worked, and a little bit about their background.
In the same way, you need to decide if an experienced conveyancer will do or if you want a conveyancing solicitor to handle your matter. A conveyancing solicitor is likely to cost a lot more than a conveyancer because it is usually not cost-effective for companies to pay solicitors to do the work of a conveyancer. If you hire an experienced conveyancer, at least ask if conveyancing solicitors are available in case your sale or purchase gets complicated.
Online conveyancing services are usually cheaper than traditional ones because they are done from home. This means that the business has fewer overhead costs.
It’s important to remember that online conveyancing services are all about making money. On the other hand, our highly experienced conveyancers and conveyancing solicitors enjoy and value building strong relationships with clients, giving them a better service, and getting them to return. We get a lot of satisfaction out of helping our repeat clients and their friends and family buy and sell homes, and their positive feedback is a nice bonus.
What Are They Doing?
So, you have called a few firms to try to find a conveyancer. Most likely, you have called “conveyancing specific” firms, which are firms that mostly or only do conveyancing. This means that the person you are working with probably has a good amount of experience, but you should still ask how many files he or she is working on at once.
If they are busy, does this mean that you will just be another file on their desk? Conveyancing-only firms often work like a “sausage factory” and may not look at your file until the day a condition is due or right before settlement to start getting ready for settlement. If your lawyer says he or she is “too busy,” that should be a red flag. This means that they might just be too busy to talk to you.
We offer a free contract review and with 15 years of experience in the industry, we get plenty of referrals. We offer a guarantee of a 24-hour turnaround on any contract preparations or conveyance services that are completely free.
Contact us so we can help you today.