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    • Bacon Sandwich
    • By Bacon Sandwich 10th Aug 18, 2:53 PM
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    Is it worth changing solicitors? Searches already done.
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    • 10th Aug 18, 2:53 PM
    Is it worth changing solicitors? Searches already done. 10th Aug 18 at 2:53 PM
    In a nutshell: if I'm buying a house, and for whatever reason I change solicitor, can the results of the searches which have been carried out (that i have paper copies of) be carried over? Or will the searches need to be paid for and done again?

    Thanks.
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    • By Surrey_EA 10th Aug 18, 3:08 PM
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    • 10th Aug 18, 3:08 PM
    In a nutshell: if I'm buying a house, and for whatever reason I change solicitor, can the results of the searches which have been carried out (that i have paper copies of) be carried over? Or will the searches need to be paid for and done again?

    Thanks.
    Originally posted by Bacon Sandwich
    How old the search results are is more important than which specific solicitor ordered them. If the results were returned more than 12 weeks ago, and you require a mortgage, then you'll probably have to get them done again. if they're fairly recent then it's probably fine to give them to the new solicitor.
    • Bacon Sandwich
    • By Bacon Sandwich 10th Aug 18, 3:22 PM
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    Thanks for the reply, thats very helpful.
    The searches are recent - 2 weeks old.
    • Margot123
    • By Margot123 10th Aug 18, 3:33 PM
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    Do you not have any faith in your current solicitor?

    Just wondering as sometimes issues can appear to be coming from our own solicitors when in fact they are out of their control.
    • need an answer
    • By need an answer 10th Aug 18, 4:04 PM
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    You should be able to use the existing documents ,however choose your new solicitor carefully as they may want to charge more for taking on a new instruction to them but midway from your point of view.


    You will probably find you are still quoted a block figure that includes preparing all the searches even if they are not actually doing the work for it....however this could still work out cheaper than taking the non standard approach of paying by the hour.

    Your existing solicitor whom you leave will also probably want a portion of their admin fees dependant on how far down the conveyancing route you are.

    That could typically be 50% of the original agreed cost for example.
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