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    • Mrsrjo
    • By Mrsrjo 22nd Sep 16, 8:43 AM
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    conveyancing solicitors
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 8:43 AM
    conveyancing solicitors 22nd Sep 16 at 8:43 AM
    Can anyone recommend a good conveyancing solicitor? Should we avoid online options?

    They seem to range from 700 to about 2,500 but I can't work out if you get more if you pay more or if they are just more expensive?

    Please tell me who you used and if you would recommend them to a friend! Thanks!!
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    • David White
    • By David White 22nd Sep 16, 9:09 AM
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    I can't recommend a firm however I'd suggest making a decision first of all based on what you want from them... i.e do you want to be able to see someone face-to-face locally or are you happy with little interaction and completing forms then posting them?

    If your case is straight forward and you don't feel the need to talk everything through then I'd look into firms further afield but it's horses for courses
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    • ap1985
    • By ap1985 22nd Sep 16, 9:12 AM
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    I think it is always better to go with someone locally or a recommendation. Where are you located?
    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 22nd Sep 16, 9:16 AM
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    Ask some friends who have recently moved who they used.

    FWIW I used a local firm (recommended by a friend) when I was just buying, not selling as well, & they charged me 820.00 all in & turned it around in 3 weeks 4 days.
    • Mrsrjo
    • By Mrsrjo 22nd Sep 16, 9:36 AM
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    We're based in Leamington Spa.

    Not fussed about face-to-face, to be honest would prefer not havinf to go to meetings etc.
    • thebigstillmeister
    • By thebigstillmeister 22nd Sep 16, 9:50 AM
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    We moved in Dec last year and we went with an online one called Premier Property Lawyers (eZie Conveyancing) which was linked to our online Estate agents (I think a few are linked to them),

    Bad choice, was fine at the start and very easy to use uploading documents on to their website etc, and you can see at what progress everything was at etc whenever you logged on,... however once we started to have delays in the process suddenly you couldn't get hold of anyone, our contact was always in meetings or at lunch and we wasted a fortune on phone calls,..

    If we move again I would definitely go with someone local where you can go in and chain yourself to their desk if needed,...!
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    • By d0nkeyk0ng 22nd Sep 16, 10:08 AM
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    As above, I'd go with local firms. I rang around several different solicitor firms. A couple didn't bother to get back to me. Some were curt on the phone. I ended up narrowing it down to five who all quoted within about 100 of each other. I went for the one that was closest to my workplace and hence easiest to get to. I think I had two appointments - one for the initial chat/paperwork and one for the sign off. Everything else was done by phone/email.
    • FBaby
    • By FBaby 22nd Sep 16, 10:14 AM
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    I approached a local firm who told me they would be happy to do but that lenders often had their own conveyancing services that were much cheaper so I might asked them. Indeed, the lender did have their own service and quoted 300 cheaper.
    • Thrugelmir
    • By Thrugelmir 22nd Sep 16, 10:58 AM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 10:58 AM

    They seem to range from 700 to about 2,500
    Originally posted by Mrsrjo
    Are you comparing the quotes on a like for like basis?
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    • chrislee2810
    • By chrislee2810 22nd Sep 16, 1:33 PM
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    Just be careful with the online cheaper ones, they tend to quote you on a very basic service, once you instruct them the cost almost doubles.
    • amnblog
    • By amnblog 22nd Sep 16, 2:29 PM
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    There are a couple of dozen big firms operating nationally and you will hear bad things about all of them. You are bound to as they do so many cases that there must be troublesome ones.

    Experience tells me small local firms can also be painful, slow and prehistoric.

    A personal recommendation is best and our poster is smart in realising they they would prefer a non meeting process which points them in a direction to start with.

    Whether anyone on here recommends PPL or any of the others I am willing to bet someone else says they are useless.

    The reality is that it is a progress trying to work in the 21C based on laws dating back hundreds of years.
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    • kingstreet
    • By kingstreet 22nd Sep 16, 4:13 PM
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    Look out for firms who include the cost of acting for mortgage lender and completing the SDLT return in their headline fees.

    For some reason, I've always found the firms who quote a lower headline fee then show all these unavoidable additions as extras are trying to pass them off as disbursements when in fact they are extra fees.

    It can also be worth phoning a firm next town over. For some strange reason, when I worked in Cannock all the solicitors in the town charged the same fee. My pet firm in Stafford managed to charge 200 less and it's no more than about 15 miles away.
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    • Missus Hyde
    • By Missus Hyde 22nd Sep 16, 7:17 PM
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    When we moved to our house, over thirty years ago, I used a solicitor who was the husband of an acquaintance of mine.

    In my naive innocence, I thought that because he knew us he would do a better job for us (possibly a little cheaper, but I wasn't quite so concerned about that; I was more keen that he would go the extra mile and help us.)

    As it happened it was the worse decision I could have made, as he was a complete nightmare from beginning to end and he certainly didn't charge any less! Also the problem with knowing him socially was that I couldn't go into his office and read him the riot act, which I would have done with any other solicitor whom I had engaged for a purely business transaction. We did complete successfully in the end on the houses we were buying and selling, but it was in spite of him, not because of him and it made a stressful experience much worse.
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    • pamelab21
    • By pamelab21 23rd Sep 16, 10:47 AM
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    watch out with this one as when we moved a year ago we went with a local solicitor we have always used in the past, turned out they were not on the panel of solicitors with our lender (Britannia) and we either had to wait on them applying to be on it (weeks and weeks) or we had to switch to one off the panel.
    We switched and luckily the local solicitor didn't charge for work already done.
    Just a thought!
    • Mrsrjo
    • By Mrsrjo 27th Sep 16, 11:26 AM
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    Thanks everyone!

    I ended up going with one that Halifax had initially suggested in their 3 cheapest, 3 closest to me, 3 highest rating from their panel document.

    Interestingly, the quote from Halifax for this local firm was 1,204.00 however when I went to them directly to ask for a quote it came back as 996.31... Halifax trying to make a nice little cut on top?! Cheeky! As if they aren't getting enough from us!
    • Whistler23
    • By Whistler23 27th Sep 16, 11:43 AM
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    Do you use a solicitor close to where you are buying or where you currently live?

    We are moving 65 odd miles away so would we be better using a solicitor close to the new property or one where we live for convenience currently?

    Or does it not matter?
    • Mrsrjo
    • By Mrsrjo 27th Sep 16, 4:23 PM
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    It depends whats more convenient to you really? the whole process can be done by post so no need to go in and see them, but we will be going in at the start (to get ID verified) and at the end (to sign under witness) to save with postage. So I think I would opt for one near where you currently live if local is important to you!
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