When Buying of Selling a Home, Don’t Try to Economise on Legal Support
The Essex property market remains healthy, with thousands moving every month. If you decide to join them, make sure you get the right legal help.
Moving house is one of those experiences that can generate emotional extremes at both ends of the spectrum. On the one hand, it is one of the most exciting things you can do, often representing a new start or a step up the socio-economic ladder. On the other hand, few will deny that it can be a hugely stressful experience. In fact, we all know at least one person who, when it is all over, has decisively said: “That’s it, I’m never moving again.”
Any tips that will reduce the stress and allow you to enjoy the positives of a house move have to be taken seriously, and one of the most important is to get a conveyancer onside, who will take the legal burden off your shoulders. There has been a trend over the past year or so of people attempting to do the job on a DIY basis. But given the legal complexities and the wide choice of experienced conveyancing solicitors in Essex, trying to do it all yourself seems like a sure fire recipe for disaster.
Why use a conveyancing solicitor?
But, you might argue, surely it is just a case of filling out some forms and applying to the local authority to complete the searches. Any fool can do that. If it really was that simple, homeowners would have been doing their own conveyancing for years.
The conveyancing process is a complex one and it involves more steps than you might think. Each might seem small, but the correct procedure needs to be followed, and all the paperwork needs to be filed correctly. If something is out of place, it will inevitably affect either exchange of contracts or completion of sale, and when that happens, it is all too common for an entire chain to collapse.
Expertise to negotiate the obstacles
Having a conveyancing solicitor at your side means you have an extra level of both confidence and protection. These are people who conduct transactions like these every day, not once every 10 or 15 years, like the rest of us. They know the steps intimately, and they are also well aware of the potential pitfalls, complications and elephant traps that lie in wait.
For example, searches will often turn up paperwork relating to the property that has not been properly registered, unusual clauses or stipulations that were added by previous occupants for reasons lost in the sands of time, or complications relating to boundaries. These are just a few examples, but are the sort of things that the untrained eye might not identify as a problem. An experienced conveyancer, on the other hand, will spot them and raise them at the earliest possible stage, ensuring there is plenty of time to take whatever action is necessary, without delaying the overall sale or purchase.
Enjoy the move
Buying or selling a house can be hectic enough without you having to suddenly become an amateur conveyancer for the month. Place the legal tasks in the hands of an expert so that you can concentrate on the numerous other things that will be on your agenda. And most of all, take time to sit back and enjoy the experience!