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Conveyancing: Doing It Yourself

By AJ Handley

Conveyancing is the name given to the administrative legal work which must be undertaken to formally transfer the ownership of a property, and usually starts afer an offer has been accepted or made. Conveyancing is necessary when a property is being sold or bought, but also if a remortgage is moving to a new lender.

Conveyancing may sound simple and like something that you could do without the right qualifications, but as it is a legal process there are complexities and nuances involved that can make it a more difficult task, which increases the likelihood of a mistake being made if it isn’t done professionally. Effective use of time is always an issue too, as compiling the relevant documentation is very time consuming.

Doing your own conveyancing is not appropriate in all cases and situations where conveyancing must be done by a professional include of the property is being sold by a couple in the process of divourse, if the property is not freehold, or more frequently if the property is something other than a house. In these cases the process varies and there are even more complexities which professionals are aware of and can process correctly.

Another issue with DIY conveyancing is that some lenders and mortgage providers insist that the conveyancing is done by a professional, so before you embark on purchasing a property check what your lenders requirements are.

If after consideration, you decide the using a professional is a safer option then you have two options: using a solicitor or using a licensed surveyor. The estate agent looking after the sale will probably have a list of professionals who they would recommend, so you may find that one of these gives a good quote and you go with them, although you are not obligated to do so.

Oliver & Co are a leading conveyancing solicitor in Cheshire so if you would like to find out more about conveyancing in Chester then head to their site.

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Handley, AJ "Conveyancing: Doing It Yourself." Conveyancing: Doing It Yourself. 11 Jul. 2010. 21 Jan 2015 <>.

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