Hi. Have had an offer accepted on a house and need to appoint a solicitor. Have a few names of companies in town we are buying. We are not in UK. DH wants me to get a few quotes. What do I ask them? Am clueless! I was thinking of emailing various solicitors or am I better ringing?
DH currently useless as in Dallas and 7 hours behind timewise!
We just got the yellow pages and rang a few of them to ask them what the total cost would be for conveyancing - there are loads of things they will tell you about and include like search fees, land registery fee etc. We basically went for the cheapest firm who still seemed to have a proper website and be an established business. Not very scientific but so far they seem to be a doing a good job!
Just bear in mind that land registry and searches are generally at a set price I think, as long as they are "accredited" you should be ok. Mind you don't ask me as our solicitor is ignoring me but then my dh does say i am a pita!
OK, you need to ring them rather than email, I think. Just becuase they might ask you things you didn't think to include in teh email and it will be quicker.
They will all do the same thing, with varying speed. It's not like a divorce where you need a rottweiler of a Solicitor so you can safely go for a cheaper solicitor without getting a lesser service IMO. The firm I have instructed is over £300 cheaper than another firm I rang: I've worked at both places and know that the cheaper one is just as good, if not better, than the dearer lot. I'd avoid the "licenced conveyancer" firms TBH as I know a few licenced conveyancers and I wouldn't trust them to make me a cup of coffee, let alone buy me a house (sorry, but its true).
If you'd like me to cast an eye over any website from firms you have considered buda, just let me knwo - I've worked in Solicitors offices from leaving school and know my stuff
Also, bear in mind that you don't HAVE to use a solicitor who is local to the house you are buying, a solicitor anywhere in England will be able to do the conveyancing so if you already know of a decent firm, don't hold back in instructing them.
Oh and when you get a quote, ask them to list all the disbursements (land reg fees, search fes etc etc) - as doodle said they are set fees, but you can make a list and feel more in control. The thing that differs is the Solicitors fees for their time - don't forget to ask if figure quote includes VAT or not
Hi Norky! Thanks for offer but I think I have made a decision. I quite like the idea of using someone local as we have some other legal stuff to get sorted so it will be useful to have a local firm I think.
I liked the first one I spoke to and I know that the friends we have in Somerset have used them a few times. And they were one of the 750 quotes obv!
Also Buda, remember that you can always fire the solicitor but conveyancing is generally quite simple. If there are issues then they can sort them out for you, you are actually always in the driving seat being the buyer - its being the seller thats a pita imo. Norky you aren't buying my house are you? Although we do have building regs!