My previous solicitor has given a fee calculation of £1200 for freehold conveyancing in Balham. I’m looking to sell a Edwardian house for £150,000. This appears over the top. Is it above the norm for conveyancing in Balham?
The estimate does seem marginally steep. Where you are content to invest time contrasting prices you may be able to shave off some of the expense by say a hundred pounds. On the other hand, you mightlive to rue choosing an an unknown solicitor. If is important to be sure that the solicitor can also act for your bank. You can utilise our search tool to get a quote a Balham conveyancing company on the lender’s approved list of lawyers which can often include conveyancing solicitors in Balham.
Should lawyers request money on account when it comes to conveyancing in Balham?
If you are buying a property in Balham your solicitor will request that you to provide them with monies to cover the the cost of the conveyancing searches. This will be the total of the cost of the conveyancing searches. If any down payment is payable against the sale price then this should be required immediately ahead of exchange of contracts. The final balance that is due will be payable a couple of days ahead of the completion date.
I am thinking of refinancing my home in Balham, does my lawyer have to be on the Coventry BS Conveyancing panel?
There is nothing to stop you using your solicitor, but Coventry BS will insist on their interests being represented by a firm on their conveyancing panel. There is greater potential for delays and confusion with two solicitors involved, and it will undoubtedly be more expensive too.
I just acquired a flat at auction in Balham. Conveyancing is necessary. What happens now?
Having for all intents and purposes signed on the dotted line you must hire the services of a conveyancing practitioner soon as you are facing a fast approaching a drop dead date to complete the purchase. An auction property will ordinarily have an associated legal set of papers. This will include most,if not all of the paperwork that your solicitor requires. If you have purchased leasehold property the legal papers should include a copy of the lease, management information and a sellers leasehold information form and other conveyancing documentation relating to a leasehold property. You should pass this on to your appointed conveyancing solicitor as soon as possible. You also need to ensure that that you have the requisite funding organised to complete the transaction on the set completion date.
I recently had an offer accepted on a house in Balham. My financial adviser pressured me to appoint their conveyancer. I paid an upfront payment of £175. Shortly after, the property lawyer contacted me embarrassingly acknowledging that they were not on the Skipton conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?
You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the Skipton panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.
I've read lots of house buying guides, I note that it is considered advisable to get your house surveyed prior to buying it. When I asked my local Balham solicitor - who is on the TSB conveyancing panel - on this she said they don't do this and I need to contract an independent surveyor. is that correct?
TSB will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually TSB will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey. You may wish to consider appointing your own Balham surveyor to carry out a survey or prepare a home buyers report on the property. It is up to you to satisfy yourself that the property is structurally sound before you buy it. If the survey or report reveals that building work is needed, you should tell your solicitor. You may wish to renegotiate with the seller.
I used Stirling Law several years past for my conveyancing in Balham. Now, I need the documents but the law firm has closed. What do I do?
You should call the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to help locate your conveyancing files. They can be contacted on please contact on 0870 606 2555. Alternatively, you should use their online form to make an enquiry. You will need to provide the SRA with as much information as possible to assist their search, including the name and address in Balham of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously retained, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.
In surfing the web for the words cheap conveyancing in Balham it reveals numerous solicitorslocally. How do I determine which is the right property lawyer for my move?
The ideal way of choosing the right conveyancer is through a trusted recommendation, so ask friends and family who have bought a property in Balham or a respected estate agent or mortgage broker. Costs for conveyancing in Balham vary, so it's advisable to request a minimum of four estimates from different law firms. Make sure that you clarify that the charges are assured not to escalate.