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Picking the best conveyancer or solicitor is as important as choosing the right estate agent. They are responsible for handling the legal aspects of buying a house or selling a property, so it’s important this responsibility is given to someone you can trust.

The best firms will regularly update you during the buying or selling process. Move Revolution work with numerous solicitors and will gladly share a list of conveyancers with you that we personally recommend. Many of our recommended conveyancers also update our files online, allowing us to easily access the most up-to-date information on your property.

Conveyancing is a legal term used to refer to the transferring of property ownership.

Your conveyancer or solicitor will handle any contracts, perform local council searches, deal with the Land Registry, offer legal advice and transfer funds needed to pay for your new property.

Solicitors are qualified lawyers, so they can deal with complex legal issues. Licenced conveyancers specialise in property but won’t be able to help with complex legal issues.

When you make an offer on a house, the estate agent will ask you for the contact details of your solicitor so the process can begin.

It’s tough to predict how long a house purchase can take, but it’s widely expected to be between six to 12 weeks. This can vary significantly depending on various circumstances.

The process begins after the lawyer receives notification that the seller and purchaser have agreed on a price.

Various factors can delay completion, including:

• Delay getting a mortgage

• The buyer dropping out

• When someone offers to pay more than an offer you’ve accepted

• Problems uncovered during a survey

• Difficulty getting a mortgage

One of the best ways to speed up the conveyancing process is by choosing the right lawyer.

Solicitors are qualified lawyers, so they tend to be more expensive than conveyancers. They may charge in one of the following ways:

• A fixed fee

• A percentage of the property price

• An hourly rate

When requesting a quote, have them breakdown all of the costs so you can compare charges like for like. These costs should include:

• Stamp Duty

• Land Registry fees

• Searches

• Bank transfer

• Additional work (if the process is urgent or more complex)

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