Conveyancing FAQ

How long should a conveyance take?
Every case is different, and it’s hard to say with any certainty just how long each conveyance case will take. However, it is possible to talk in more general terms. Usually each case will take around 10 – 12 weeks from beginning to end. It’s in everyone’s interest to make the process as quick as possible, but the amount of paperwork and waiting time usually means there can be delays.
Do I need a solicitor or conveyancer to sell my property?
You don’t necessarily need expert help to sell a property, but there’s a reason why many people do choose to go down this route, and why people who take the DIY route often regret their decision to undertake the process themselves: it’s complicated. If you have no experience with the process, then you might find that you’re continually running into problematic corners or costly mistakes.
Can a conveyancer act for both parties?
This is permitted, but in general, a conveyancer will only work with one of the parties. There are exceptions, however, for example when it makes logical sense for the conveyancer to work with both parties. It’s always important to remember that conveyancers are professionals, and thus there shouldn’t be any issue of conflict of interests.
What does a conveyancer do for the buyer?
A conveyancer’s role is wide-ranging, but essentially they’re in charge of completing all the paperwork – which can be extensive – involved in a real estate transaction. They’re also on hand to offer more general legal advice, and arrange the final details of the settlement. It’s the paperwork aspect that takes up the bulk of the work, however. There are many forms and other details to be ironed out before the transaction can take place.
Can I do my own conveyancing when selling?
As we mentioned above, you are allowed to do your own conveyancing – there’s no law that forbids you from doing so. As mentioned above, though, it is a time-consuming task that is much better left to the professionals. It’s not just a matter of time.

There could also be big legal headaches that arise from DIY conveyancing jobs. There are three such matters. First, many complications can come from failing to spot a boundary dispute. Second, from time to time it emerges that the seller isn’t actually legally allowed to sell the property. Finally, sometimes buyers will hire a professional conveyancer, who will do the best job for them, not the seller. You need to ensure your best interests are protected and legally covered. A professional conveyancer can ensure this on your behalf.

Can I speed up the conveyancing process?
It can be frustrating to be waiting for a conveyancing process to be completed. But it’s important to remember that nobody wants it to be slowed down!

If you’re organised, then you’ll be making everything much more straightforward. If you’ve got all the right documents ready to be submitted when they’re asked for, then there’ll be no additional delays.

Why is a conveyancer needed?
Because they can provide a professional, expert service that’ll make selling or buying your property all the more straightforward than if you did it by yourself.

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