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Selling a house

Discussion in 'Personal' started by ellie28, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Never done this before and have just had an email from estate agents asking which solicitor I will be using. Can anyone tell me do I just ring any solicitor? Does it have to be in the area where I am selling the house? What do I say to them!!
    Apologies but really haven't a clue!
     
  2. Are you using a mortgage broker at all? If you are then they will be able to recommend one to you.

    Do you have time to shop around and go visiting solicitors? Ask colleagues if they have used distance solicitors who liaise with you via post/email/telephone etc.

    Ask the estate agents they may well have a tie in with a company.
     
  3. MayKasahara

    MayKasahara New commenter

    Could you use the same solicitior you did when you bought the house? It might make things easier if they dealt with the conveyancing last time, otherwise I would ask anyone you know if they have a local recommendation. I would say it's probably easier if you have a local one as you can go in to sign the paperwork if necessary rather than waiting on the post but it's not obligatory.
     
  4. Its easiest if the solicitor is local to you (assuming you are living in the house you are selling - and even if you are not!). If you don't know any decent local solicitors, you can ask the estate agent for a recommendation, or if you get on well with your neighbours, ask their advice.
    Most local solicitors can handle house sales perfectly competently, as such sales are their bread and butter. Just ring up and say you're looking for a solicitor to handle the sale of your house, and they will ask you all the necessary questions.
     
  5. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    I would advise to keep it local, if possible. Amongst other things you will have to drop the keys off the day you vacate the premises, to have them picked up by the new owners.
     
  6. Cestrian

    Cestrian New commenter

    We phoned a few, asked about fees etc (some were <u>very</u> reluctant to commit themselves!!) and then chose the one we were happiest with - we completed today and now have the keys!
     
  7. Don't be afraid to ask the agent for a couple of names or a recommendation if you don't know any of the firms in your area. The agents willhave had experience of dealing with many and may even have a panel that they could refer you to.
    Some solicitors will specialise in conveyancing, or there may be 'licensed conveyancers' who will do just as well as a solicitor.
    Selling is not so complicated as selling and buying at the same time. All your legal person needs to do check with the land registry regarding the title and whether the property is registered as well as fielding all the queries from your buyers solicitor. You will need to know about responsibility for fences, walls, shared access etc and what fittings will be left in the property like curtains etc and built-in appliances.
    Estate agents get bad press but I hope you have used one you can trust!
     
  8. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    Make sure you ask around. We are in a chain of four properties. One of the solicitors is being totally useful with regards to getting things done or communication.
    We were due to move on the 20th, then the 27th now on Thursday but only if we exchange tomorrow. Tomorrow will be the eighth day we are supposed to have exchanged on.
    Good job everyone in our chain is very committed or people would have been pulling out by now.
    One rubbish solicitor can turn a stressful experience into a nightmare.
    Congratulations on getting in Cestrian.
     
  9. Really unless it is a particularly difficult contract, I would just use a conveyancer. It is bread and butter to them, and won't be shoved to the bottom of the pile because the solicitor has more important things to do.
     
  10. Cestrian

    Cestrian New commenter

    Thanks, bombay - we're lucky in that we have a bit of time to get work done before we move in (hopefully over summer hols). Hope you get your completion soon too.
     

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