What is a Conveyancer? What do they do?

A conveyancer is a legally-qualified practitioner who has a specialist knowledge in the buying and selling of properties.

Although conveyancing can be carried out by any solicitor, those who work in a general field will perhaps not have the specialist expertise as those who deal solely with conveyancing. There are many anomalies and peculiarities in British law, and a specialist conveyancer will have experience of those in his chosen field and the knowledge to be able to deal with them and smooth out the property buying process.

Not many people will realise that it is possible to carry out the buying of a property and exchange of contracts without using a conveyancing solicitor. However, this is only recommended for those who have a lot of time on their hands, and will probably save little money than by employing the services of a professional conveyancer.

While most conveyancers will still work from a bricks-and-mortar base for local clients to visit, online conveyancing is becoming more popular, with its ease-of-use and competitive pricing being the main factors in its increase in popularity. Online conveyancing works in exactly the same way as a traditional local, office-based procedure, but can save a lot of time and hassle if buyers or sellers do not have to make many visits to a conveyancer’s office.

Conveyancers, whether based around the corner or hundreds of miles away online, have the benefit over all-round solicitors of having the skills, experience and knowledge to concentrate solely on this one area of the law. This improves efficiency and speeds up the process – anyone who has ever bought a property in the UK will tell you how the process can often drag on for months.

But the greater speed and efficiency of online conveyancers, such as the dedicated professionals recommended by Conveyancing Supermarket that a lot of unnecessary bother and time-wasting is taken away from the process, meaning a better service for both buyers and sellers.

Before online comparisons, for everything from car insurance to holidays, became popular, getting a conveyancing quote was a time-consuming process, with visits to a solicitor’s office. With online conveyancing quotes, waiting times, travelling times and time necessarily taken off work have all now been eliminated, and the whole process can be completed from the comfort of one’s own laptop.

We are all advised to get at least three estimates for any professional work that we need to be carried out. This would often involve a professional having to physically write a detailed quotation and put it in the post. These days, we can find as many no-obligation quotes as we feel like, without any hassle for prospective suppliers.

Conveyancing quotes will vary from firm to firm for many reasons. However, a breakdown of all fees and charges is clearly show on-screen, so everyone knows where they stand.

There are sometimes some  ‘extra’ services that need to be included in the quotation. All local authority searches are essential, for instance, but every property is unique. Therefore, there are bound to be local features that may require more, or less work from a conveyancer. So the quote will depend not only on the local area of the property but the conveyancing solicitor’s local knowledge

A conveyancing quote means not only paying for the conveyancer’s time and knowledge. You are paying for a whole team who together do all the legal work and necessary admin.

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