When it comes to buying or selling a property, it can be an exciting but often stressful time. There can be legal hoops to jump through, reams of paperwork to sign and lots of questions to answer. It’s understandable why anyone can feel overwhelmed by it.
One of the most important decisions you can make during a property transaction is the choice of solicitor. It’s critical to have someone who can guide you through the legalities, ensuring that everything is in order and that your interests are being protected.
So, why choose a local residential conveyancing solicitor for conveyancing instead of one at a large, national conveyancing chain?
One of the main benefits of using a local solicitor is that you will usually get a named individual to contact during the process. If using a large, multinational firm, you might not ever speak to the same person twice. This not only means you don’t get the opportunity to receive a personal service, but the discussions you have along the way, and the finer details of your property transaction, may be lost.
Another important benefit of using a local solicitor is local knowledge. A local solicitor will have an in-depth understanding of the area, the property market and any particular nuances and legalities that might be specific to that location. This can be incredibly helpful if any issues or challenges arise during the transaction.
When appointing a conveyancing solicitor, it’s important to do some homework on their experience. Unfortunately, clients can unwittingly sign an agreement to use a conveyancing firm that is often based miles away and whose ‘conveyancers’ may lack the qualifications or knowledge to offer an efficient and thorough service. This can frequently delay the conveyancing process – especially if there are any unusual aspects to the transaction. As a consequence, property chains can quickly be delayed, putting transactions at risk of falling through. By using a qualified solicitor at a local firm, you will be able to look into their experience, giving you the reassurance that your matter is being dealt with by a fully qualified individual. They may also have testimonials from previous clients; a good conveyancing solicitor will be happy to share these.
At O’Donnell Solicitors, our residential property department, which has grown significantly over the past six years, has a strong reputation locally and has won a number of awards. The department prides itself on clear communication with clients and offering a personal yet efficient service. All of the department’s team are highly experienced and are based locally – providing invaluable insight into local knowledge.
To discuss appointing our conveyancing team to assist with a property transaction, please get in touch.