Tips for Choosing the Best Conveyancing Solicitors

...Or better still, how to stay away from a bad conveyancing solicitor! The challenge for most is that the conveyancing process isn't something you do regularly enough to have experience to know what to look for in your property solicitor, or better still what to expect.

In fact the average time between moves is currently 17 years which means there is a lot of time to forget what happens and for the conveyancing process to change.

This guide takes you through what you should be looking for when choosing the best conveyancing solicitor for your home move.

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1   CQS is the mark of the best conveyancing solicitor

CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) is an accreditation provided by The Law Society that it awards only to property solicitors who are able to achieve the highest standards of conveyancing. The idea behind CQS was to give a distinct brand and sign of quality that the public can relate to when choosing a conveyancing solicitor.

To be CQS accredited, the Law Society assess a conveyancing solicitor for the highest standards of service, procedures and processes. Rest assured with SAM Conveyancing your conveyancing will only ever be entrusted to one of our experienced CQS conveyancing solicitors, so you can relax while we do the hard work.

2   Beware online quotes or "I’ll send you a quote in the post"

SAM Conveyancing solicitors provide quick and simple online quotes setting out what you will pay in full right from the start (but be careful and read Tip 3...!). Alarm bells should be ringing if a conveyancer says, £My conveyancing quote is £700 plus disbursements and I’ll send you it in the post". Be prepared to walk away there and then. Email has been around since 1971 and has become one of the fastest ways to send written information. If a conveyancer mentions fax communication, it's a similar red flag - who regularly uses faxes these days?!

If a conveyancing solicitor isn’t going to email you a quote and will rely on the postal system - aka 'Snail Mail', then you might as well kiss goodbye to 3 days before you get that letter. Time will be used up by these: dictation of quote, typing up of quote by secretary, review by solicitor, put in office post bag, miss first post, receive quote whilet you are at work, then you finally get to open the letter!

SAM Conveyancing care too much about service to you to waste this kind of time getting your solicitor quote. Why waste your valuable time when technology has a better solution?
Read more about online conveyancing quotes here - What is included in an online conveyancing quote?

3   I estimate you will pay thousands, not hundreds...

'Estimate'. Walk away. 'This is your quote to the best of my knowledge'. Walk Away.' A conveyancing quote from £99 to £400'. Walk away! If we have worked with 1,000 solicitors, then we have seen thousands of conveyancing quotes and, sadly, there are solicitors who hide behind the small print and rely on you be fazed by the UNBELIEVABLE and SUCH A TOP DEAL price.

This is in red and bold because this part is sooooo important. The fact is, if your conveyancing solicitor’s fees are less than £400 then there is something wrong.

Either your estimate will have additional solicitor fees added to it or you won’t have direct access to a solicitor, and potentially be working with a "team" of people (read Tip 5).

SAM Conveyancing will send your solicitor quote by email, and it will be a fixed, unchanging, final price. There will be never be any nasty, hidden extras. You will only be dealing with one, contactable solicitor and we guarantee the highest levels of service.

4   Who actually is your conveyancing solicitor?

Were you told who your actual solicitor was? If the answer is no, walk away. You need to have a close relationship with your solicitor so you need to be able to know who they are.

SAM Conveyancing will give you the name of your dedicated CQS solicitor right at the start. You'll be given the solicitor's contact number as well.

5   Avoid conveyancing warehouses

The 2000s saw the rise of conveyancing factories, a far cry from the small law firm where there was a secretary stroke receptionist stroke bookkeeper and then the solicitor. A conveyancing factory can make you feel like a number, rather than a person.

Teams of people, trained on the job and you having no contact with one regular solicitor is a sign of a conveyancing warehouse. Walk away. After all these years, the best advice we can give is to steer clear of conveyancing warehouses. Nothing can ever replace a one to one relationship with a good conveyancing solicitor.

Once again, SAM Conveyancing's commitment to matchless service above all means that we could never operate a conveyancing solicitor factory. You're guaranteed a one-to-one relationship with a CQS solicitor. Trust us: things will turn out better that way.

6   How experienced is your conveyancing solicitor?

Now you have a property solicitor’s name, Google them. Find their Linkedin profiles; how long has your solicitor been working? Experience is key. An inexperienced conveyancer could miss something crucial and cost you £1,000s. SAM Conveyancing's solicitors have 'been there, done it before and got the t-shirt'. In the conveyancing world, you learn from your mistakes. Better to work with a SAM Conveyancing solicitor who has already sharpened their teeth previously, and already succeeded on someone else’s biggest purchase they will ever buy.

7   Check online reviews for the conveyancing solicitor firm

Ignore what a firm writes on their own site. Ignore what videos they post. Ignore the specially chosen reviews from apparently happy customers. Instead, read what people have written on web forums, paying special attention to Money Saving Expert.

A healthy dose of scepticism is always worthwhile generally where online material is concerned and nothing beats a direct enquiry to a firm if you want to know a little more.
You can contact SAM Conveyancing at any time if you have any inquiries about our solicitors and our service using all the normal methods - just visit our Contact page for more details.

Final Tip – Did you like the solicitor?

Sometimes when you speak to someone on the telephone, you get a feeling of reassurance and you make a connection. If the person sounds rushed, they are too busy for you; if they don’t make you feel valued then they don’t care. Did they sound excited about your amazing new home? Were they helpful and prepared to give you the time to discuss your questions? We think these are the types of conveyancing solicitors you should work with.

SAM Conveyancing takes its reputation for offering the highest levels of service and being friendly and approachable at all times; from the first contact you make with us then through your whole experience with our appointed solicitor.

Check list for choosing the best conveyancing solicitor

Bullet-1 Make sure your conveyancing solicitor is CQS accredited
Bullet-2 Email quotes are a must; pop in the post, pop that solicitor in the bin!
Bullet-3 Never go with an estimate for solicitor fees - get a fixed, final quote
Bullet-4 Steer clear of solicitor quotes that look too good to be true; question anything under £400
Bullet-5 Ask your conveyancing solicitor – "What are you going to charge me for doing all of the legal work; no ifs, no buts"
Bullet-6 Find out who your solicitor is and check out their previous working history
Bullet-7 Avoid conveyancing warehouses and working with ‘teams’ of people
Bullet-8 Check online reviews but be skeptical
Bullet-9 Did you like your solicitor when you spoke to them? 

When you work with SAM Conveyancing solicitors you will be in safe hands from the word go. Our conveyancing solicitors have had years of experience helping people move home and are best placed to help you with your home purchase.

*Fixed Fee – No Sale No Fee – On all Mortgage Lender Panels
Want help now? Call us on 0333 344 3234 (local call charges apply)


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