Why a local conveyancing solicitor can save you time and money

Why a local conveyancing solicitor can save you time and money

Why a local conveyancing solicitor can save you time and money Express ConveyancingThere has been a big surge in online firms offering cut price conveyancing in recent years. These transactions are conducted solely online with a call centre for customer support. The business model behind online conveyancing factories is that conveyancing can be drilled down to a few standardised steps. And if you are one of the very few house buyers who have the kind of simple transaction that millions of stressed buyers envy, then you could be quids in.

The reality is that many of the property conveyances that take place each year are not straightforward tick-box exercises. When hundreds of thousand pounds are at stake, why take the risk of a faceless service with no idea of the local market in which you are buying property. When you are selling property, the problems are not as obvious. When buying, mistakes and delays can both be costly and frustrating.

Local solicitors get a bad press. The stereotype of a stuffy old office, drenched in mahogany and dust, with an affable, bespectacled solicitor charging eye-watering amounts by the hour is what drives so many to the online outfits.  But that is an outdated perception. Many local conveyancing solicitors are modern, IT savvy and cheap.  In fact, many local solicitors now charge similar prices to the online firms. Once disbursements and other hidden fees are taken into account, there often isn’t a great deal of difference. The service you can expect is another matter.

Local knowledge

There is a lot to be said for local knowledge. It is true that it is not essential to the conveyancing process. But if you want to reduce the time spent on irrelevant enquiries, picking up on non-problems and sometimes missing real problems, someone who has spent years transferring local property usually has a lot to offer.  As an example, London conveyancing solicitors will be more familiar with the quirks and peculiarities of city housing stock, especially Leasehold transactions, than a call centre in Blackpool.

Sleuthing

And then there are the problems that crop up in seemingly simple conveyances all the time. Issues with title, access rights, legal easements, building regulations and other notifiable works and noisy neighbours, to name but a few, can all sour a perfectly amenable purchase of a new home. A good, local solicitor will already know which of these to look out for in your particular property. They should also have the time and dedication to look at your case individually and dig out any issues that someone simply automating your purchase could very well miss.

And the rest

The unspoken rule with online conveyancers is that you don’t ask too many questions. A good local conveyancing solicitor should have someone willing to keep you in the loop, answer your questions and, significantly, advise you when things crop up.  And then there is the proximity. Every time you need to sign or deliver a document, you can just visit the offices of the local conveyancer, shaving days at a time off the process.

When it comes to conveyancers, there are no guarantees. But if price is relatively equal, or better, there are few downsides to choosing a good local conveyancer over an online alternative. Time, money and sanity are all in short supply when buying and selling houses, so any opportunity to save all three should be grabbed with both hands!

What our clients say

Great value for money. Everything went smoothly and I was very pleased with the service provided
Rachel Whitfield
Rachel Whitfield
20:59 12 Oct 18
Excellent! Very responsive, and really helped to push the purchase. There were unexpected delays during the process, but Anthony really helped to reassure me that he was doing everything he could to progress the sale. Ultimately, it all worked out in the end, and I would highly recommend! I would also recommend for auction purposes.
Sean Stevens
Sean Stevens
09:14 21 May 18
Very happy customer. Understanding of our needs and recommended a really fantastic solicitor.
Jack Hearne
Jack Hearne
17:49 12 Oct 18
I have just completed the purchase of my flat with them. They were recommend by the estates agents Phillip Arnold and they were fantastic. My case was handled by Milena who was really helpful and always available on the phone. The online system is also really easy to use. If I buy or sell a property I will definitely be using them again.
Sharon Kelly
Sharon Kelly
18:27 20 Dec 17
I used this service following a recommendation. The online case tracker worked really well. I would recommend this service as it's vital in the coordination between Estate Agencies and between Solicitors. The service proved invaluable in helping progress the conveyancing work efficiently and effectively. Completed the transaction just before Christmas having instructed the Solicitors on the 4th.
Shelly Harrill
Shelly Harrill
16:30 19 Dec 17
Excellent Service. Final Price same as quoted.
A Google User
A Google User
14:26 19 Dec 18
Have used them twice. Both times completion happened in less than 4 weeks, even over Xmas! Totally amazing. They take the stress out of the whole process.
Daniel West
Daniel West
13:04 21 Dec 18
Excellent Service. Final Price same as quoted
Parsa Khamooshi
Parsa Khamooshi
15:54 21 Dec 18
Being a first time buyer they guided me smoothly through the whole process of moving into my first home. Very professional and economical.
Uday Seth
Uday Seth
12:31 24 Dec 18
Express Conveyancing have been excellent in the handling of my recent house sale and purchase. Would highly recommend
James Ellis
James Ellis
11:43 30 Apr 19
Express Conveyancing have been excellent in the handling of my recent house sale and purchase. Would highly recommend
Michelle Preston
Michelle Preston
12:20 30 Apr 19

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