When you are moving house, you are inevitably going to be using a solicitor to help facility the exchange. But with all the fees imposed, what are you actually getting?
With so many demands on your time and your wallet while you are trying to move house, you can often be left why you even have a solicitor involved, what is it they are actually up to and how is it helping the moving house process?
The role of your solicitor when moving house is to be responsible for the conveyancing process, the first solicitor’s role, once you ‘instruct; him/her to do the work is to make contact with the seller’s solicitor and request copies of contracts and other documents such as the title deeds. This leaves you free to focus on arrange your removal services.
After having received the contracts and deeds, your solicitor will then go over the draft contract and raise any enquiries for your attention, you will then be able to tell your solicitor if you have any issues that may affect your decision to move house.
Your solicitor will also investigate a series of legal searches to find out information which your mortgage company may want and that may not be so obviously from merely viewing it. These include: local authority searches, searches with the Land Registry, assessing flood risk, searches with the water company, environmental searches to determine things like contaminated land, and other miscellaneous searches conducted with local authorities and organisations, all for the purpose to find out whether there are issues that have or may have an impact on your property or land.
After all this is completed and signed off from your side, the solicitor then begins the matter of signing and exchanging contracts with your seller’s solicitor. Your solicitor will make sure that all your queries and concerns are answered and that a completion date can be set for you to move home. Between exchanging contracts and completion, your solicitor will help to ensure everything goes smoothly.
Other works that your solicitor may help with after moving house may be to help with the Stamp Duty process and sending a copy of the Title deeds to your mortgage lender. The above is by no means everything your solicitor does, but it gives you, we hope, the gist. Your solicitor, provided he or she is good and reputable, will be busy at work on your behalf rather than simply twiddling his thumbs and then sending you a bill.