Frequently Asked Questions
- How long will my conveyancing take?
The conveyancing process normally takes between six to eight weeks from start to finish, however conveyancing can be carried out much faster than this if both parties require a quick completion.
Please bear in mind that if you are part of a chain the conveyancing process may take longer, simply because not everyone works at the same speed and some of the transactions within a chain may be more complicated than your own.
- I need to complete as quickly - can you help me?
If you need a quicker completion than the standard 6-8 weeks, please tell us at the outset. We will pass this information onto your solicitor who will then let you know whether the timescale you have in mind is achievable.
- Is conveyancing via the internet legal?
Although you are able to get a cheap conveyancing quote and instruct a conveyancing solicitor online through our website, you will receive the same level of service, and the solicitor will take the same level of care with your case as if you had walked into their offices.
The firms we work with have processes in place to allow you to remotely complete your conveyancing with them, and will communicate with you through a mixture of email, phone and post. There will generally be no need to ever visit them in person.
- What makes up a conveyancing quote?
A conveyancing quote has two constituent parts:
- The solicitors basic fee
- The disbursements
While disbursements should be approximately the same for all quote, basic fees can vary greatly.
Some quotes you may receive from conveyancing websites may not be completely transparent with their fees. Always be wary of a quote in which disbursements and individual costs are not fully itemised and read the small print for hidden charges and fees and add these extra costs to your quote before comparing it against others.
- What are disbursements?
Disbursements are payments that have to be made to a third party for a service they provide (such as property searches) or for a mandatory charge (such as stamp duty or land registry fees).
These disbursements are necessary in order for your conveyancing transaction to be completed.
- Can I renegotiate the purchase price of a property based on the results of the survey?
Provided you have not exchanged contracts you can use the results of the survey to renegotiate the purchase price if the survey reveals any serious issues. For example, if you have made an offer on a property but the survey reveals that the property has a damp problem, you would get a quote from a damp proofer to correct the problem.
The quote states that it will cost £1000 to correct the damp issue, and you may argue that you were unaware of the problem when you made your original offer. You can ask the current owner to cover these costs (this is usually done through the estate agent) by taking £1000 off the purchase price, or ask them for a contribution towards the work, such as £500. Please note that some owners may refuse to agree any contribution and this could mean that the sale falls through.
- What is the Conveyancing Quality Scheme?
The Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) was introduced by the Law Society of England and Wales as a standard to allow consumers to easily identify those firms who adhere to strict standards and codes of practice in order to provide a high quality conveyancing service to their customers. You can find out more about the CQS scheme on the Law Society website and you can get a quote from a CQS firm from www.conveyancingqualityscheme.net.