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    • Ougat
    • By Ougat 10th Oct 17, 8:48 AM
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    Instruct solicitor ?
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    • 10th Oct 17, 8:48 AM
    Instruct solicitor ? 10th Oct 17 at 8:48 AM
    In the house buying process, do you instruct your solicitor before or after house valuation?
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    • Grenage
    • By Grenage 10th Oct 17, 8:54 AM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 8:54 AM
    As soon as you and the seller are ready to proceed, generally.
    • Rambosmum
    • By Rambosmum 10th Oct 17, 8:58 AM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 8:58 AM
    I'd get one sorted before hand, and notify them that you've had an offer accepted, but that you don't want them to do any work until after the mortgage offer has come through (or whatever point you'd be happy to proceed).


    Not having one ready can lead to your seller thinking you aren't serious and continuing to allow viewings, increasing the risk of gazumping.
    • Surrey_EA
    • By Surrey_EA 10th Oct 17, 8:59 AM
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    It is normal to instruct the solicitor as soon as the chain is complete, and all parties are ready to proceed.

    Waiting until after the valuation has been carried out has the potential to cause delays.
    • Ougat
    • By Ougat 10th Oct 17, 9:16 AM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 9:16 AM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 9:16 AM
    Thank you very much for the quick responses..


    We are buying and being all new to this whole process is a bit of a head ache figuring out who to contact when and why and who should be doing what and how and when. No matter how much I read and try and stay on top of things I still feel like I am running around not getting anywhere.. and this is only the beginning.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 10th Oct 17, 11:41 AM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 11:41 AM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 11:41 AM
    There's a distinction between selecting, and instructing, a solicitor.

    You should select one asap (ideally before you even make an offer), and then give that solicitor's details to the seller/agent as soon as your offer is acccepted.

    When to 'instruct' him (ie tell him to start work and start incurring costs) depends....

    * if speed is important, instruct him asap

    * if you fear the valuation and/or survey might cause you to withdraw your offer, then wait, and instruct him once those are complete. But this will slow things down.

    * Conversely, if you fear the legal searches etc might cause you to withdraw your offer, then instruct him first, and only spend money on the valuation/survey once you are satisfied there are no legal issues. This too will slow things down.
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