If the warmer, brighter days ahead are encouraging you to think of selling your home and buying another… or perhaps even a second home, it’s worth checking whether your solicitor is best qualified.
Last year, the Law Society introduced the Conveyancing Quality Scheme – an award for excellence in the home buying and selling process – and in times when the property market is not at its most buoyant, isn’t it wise to be sure that your sale or purchase goes through on time and in good order?
The property market isn’t dead but it is very difficult. Lending institutions are demanding substantial deposits and they and their valuers are taking a very cautious approach to valuation of properties when looking at the security for their loans. Property selling and buying is happening but a noticeable number of deals feature low levels of borrowing, or none at all.
Let’s be optimistic! – you have found a place to buy, got the funding arranged and then all that has to be done is the conveyancing. You may have a family solicitor who you know and trust but for those who need to find one the choice is wide and, as with most other things, you get what you pay for. Buying a house is probably the most expensive purchase of your life and if you think it is just a simple formality; it isn’t; Raworths in Harrogate was one of the first firms in the country to achieve the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme award. Different providers offer very different levels of service and support, and only you will know how much value you place on having the peace of mind that comes from personal care and experience and a safe pair of hands looking after you.
To be sure you have the best advice, contact Mike Sheldon or the Residential Property team at Raworths on 01423 566666 and know you’re in safe hands.