Unfortunately conveyancing comparison is not an exact science. Unlike car insurance, electricity and gas units or broadband internet connections there are very rarely fixed amounts involved.
A solicitor can always provide a conveyancing quote but in reality the final amount payable can vary considerably from that amount. This is because at the time of providing the quote the solicitor has no idea whether the conveyancing transaction will be straightforward or not i.e. will there be problems with title defects, rights of way, support and shelter etc. It is for that reason that conveyancing does not fit neatly into comparison sites.
Here are a few tips to help you make your own comparisons:-
You must be very careful when comparing conveyancing quotes and fees. Some solicitors often start off with an extremely low quote then bombard you with extras that are hidden away in the small print. Questions that you need to ask are as follows:-
1. How much will you have to pay if the transaction falls through? 2. Does the quote include the cost of acting on behalf of your mortgage lender on the sale or purchase? 3. How much will they charge to complete your SDLT return and can you do it yourself at no extra cost? 4. How much will you have to pay if the property is leasehold? 5. Is there an extra amount to pay if the property is unregistered? 6. What will happen if there is a defect with the title that requires extra work? Will that be included in the quote?
By asking these questions at the outset you should be able to gain a good idea of the likely final total and therefore be in a better position to compare the conveyancing quotes and fees you have obtained.
I am a Solicitor/Partner at QualitySolicitors Roberts Crossley. At QSRC we offer a range of services catering for the needs of individuals with our conveyancing, family law, accident claims, personal injury...