1. Things to consider

There are many factors to consider when moving to a new house. Practicalities such as arranging removals, defrosting your freezer, enrolling children at a new school and notifying utility companies. You’ll also need an expert conveyancing solicitor who will deal with the legal process efficiently and effectively so that there are no surprises. 

2. Expertise

Make sure your solicitor specialises in residential property matters! It is important that your solicitor has the technical legal skills and experience that is required to get you moved in. 

 3. Communication is Key

Make sure your solicitor speaks your language and can explain the jargon and is accessible by phone and email. 

4. Cheapest isn't always best!

Buying a house is one of the biggest financial purchases of your life! Speaking with different solicitors for quotes isn't a bad idea but the cheapest isn't always best. Invest in your solicitor as you intend to invest in your home. 

5. Estate Agents – Our Closest Friends

Make sure your solicitor communicates and respects the estate agent involved. The estate agent will be your right-hand person and will help you raise any difficult or awkward questions with the seller.

6.  Mortgages

Ensure you have your mortgage in principle ready, before actively looking for a property. This will help speed up the legal process and will reduce the risk of delay!

7. Property Searches

When buying a house, there are a range of searches a solicitor can carry out on your behalf. They can include but are not limited to:  a Local Authority Search; a Water and Drainage Search and; an Environmental Search. Make your solicitor explains each search and advises you of there differences and what the results mean. 

8. Speak Up

Make sure you ask questions! No questions are silly! You are paying your solicitor to answer questions, don’t be intimidated to ask!

9. What are you buying? 

Make sure you are buying what you think you are buying! Your solicitor will give you a document known as a “title plan”. This will show you the full outline of the property you are buying – the boundary usually being marked red! Visit the property to satisfy yourself that the title plan matches the physical position at the property. This is the only thing your solicitor can't do for you. 

10. Feedback

If you have any concerns about the solicitor you are using, you should raise this with his/her and their head of department. On the other hand remember, if your solicitor has done a good job, why not leave them positive feedback. 

If I can help you move home, call me on 0121 726 4999 or email me at tony@pickfordsolicitors.com

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