So you’re looking to sell your house, huh? But long before you can pack up all your chintz and clutter, or finally – finally! – cleaning behind the cooker before you leave, there’s a lot of work to put in. the first thing when you’re considering a move is to ask yourself, ‘Are you sure?!’ I mean, really, really sure. Because moving house isn’t something you can do on the fly; it’s not a spur of the moment thing – and if it is, then you’re doing it wrong.
The Next Steps
Ok, so you’re sure you want to move. The next step comes the sorting out of your finances – making sure you have enough savings or that you’re able to secure that loan from the bank. After all, you can’t buy property with good intentions – if you could, the market would probably explode. Then comes the hours, weeks, months of searching for the perfect place. What kind of property are you looking for? What location would be optimal? Are you up-sizing, down-sizing, moving closer to work, or into a good catchment area for school?
But let’s say you’re already that far down the line. You’re definitely-definitely sure you want to move, your finances are stable and you can afford it, and you’ve found the ideal property. What’s your next step? It’s time to get a conveyancer. And you might be wondering, what exactly is a conveyancer, what is conveyancing, and why do you need it?
What is Conveyancing?
The basic premise of conveyancing can be described thus: the legal transference of ownership. But as with everything in the world of law, it’s a little more in-depth than that. Some estate agents offer conveyancing, but they’re usually more expensive – better to get a professional and licensed conveyancer in your area, like Latimer Lee if you’re in Manchester, or London’s Archstone Solicitors. As a buyer, once you’ve agreed prices with the seller, a pro conveyancer will be able to draw up a contract and survey the property. They’ll also have the legal know-how to run you through things like the difference between a freehold and a leasehold, and what your rights are with regards to this.
Better yet, they’ll even do a search on the property, and see if there are any secrets lurking in its past – or even future. No-one wants to buy a house that’s about to have a motorway built on it, or one prone to flooding. Added to that, a conveyancer will also visit the property on your behalf, with the estate agent, and find out precisely what fittings and furnishings are included in the property. After that, they’ll exchange the contracts for you and – well, that’s not all, but that’s pretty much it. After the contracts are exchanged, you’re legally bound to buy the property by a fixed date. And hey, the seller is legally bound to sell it to you. If they don’t, you’re well within your rights to sue!
Conveyancing is a competitive business, for sure, so make sure you shop around, get a great price – remember, cheapest isn’t necessarily best, and nor does expense always equal excellence. But using a conveyancer certainly guarantees peace of mind and eases the buying process.