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Top 7 Reasons Why Sellers Hire a Good Property Solicitor

Published on March 19, 2015 by Aude Seynt Martin in News, Selling

Are you considering selling your property and wondering whether it is worth the cost of hiring a good property solicitor? If so, read on and learn more about whether you can do without having one of these professionals on board to assist with your sale.

Most people are well aware that buying a property – whether for the first time or as a mover – can be a stressful and daunting process. However, the same can also be said of selling a property. Often, if you are selling your houses you can find yourself under a lot of stress and pressure, particularly if you need to sell your house quickly. One way in which you can ease the strain when it comes to selling your property is to ensure that you have access to the right tools, resources and industry experts. There are many different professionals that may get involved in the sales process and you may or may not require their services depending on how you are selling your property. One such professional is the property solicitor.

Why do people use these solicitors?

If you are selling your property on the open market, you need to be able to rely on a good property solicitor to ensure that everything is above board and that all of the legalities are dealt with efficiently. Selling a house on the open market can be a minefield, particularly if it’s your first experience of selling. A good property lawyer can help to ensure that the whole selling process runs smoothly and that you avoid any legal problems arising in the future in relation to your property sale.

Top reasons to hire a property solicitor

If you’ve been toying with the idea of not hiring a property solicitor simply to save some money, it may be time to think again. You could find that failing to hire one of these professionals actually ends up costing you more in the long run, as it could mean delays with your property sale or legal issues that can end up costing you a lot of money to resolve. Other reasons to hire a property solicitor include:

  • Peace of mind: Selling a property can be a minefield and for those with little or no knowledge relating to property law. It can be difficult to work out what needs to be done in order to ensure that all of the legal aspects have been dealt with properly. By using a good property solicitor, you have the peace of mind that comes with having a legal expert on side to ensure that all legalities are properly addressed and that the sale runs smoothly from start to finish.
  • Dealing with the contract and any legal action: A property solicitor is able to deal with the contract side of things and offer expert advice with regards to your property sale. A property lawyer can also play a vital part, as they are able to represent you in court in the event that something goes awry. There are various other duties that these legal professionals carry out in relation to your sale, ranging from checking the title and deeds are in order through to drawing up the sales contract.
  • Dealing with the buyer’s solicitor: It can be awkward for you as the seller if your buyer has a good property solicitor on board and you don’t have anyone with in-depth legal knowledge. When you have a legal expert working on your behalf during the sales process you can leave him or her to deal with any legal queries that the buyer’s solicitor may send your way.
  • Saving you time: Dealing with the sale of a property is not only stressful but can also be extremely time consuming. If you work full time or have other commitments that you have to deal with, you will find that trying to also handle all of the legalities involved with selling a house can be extremely difficult. When you have a solicitor onboard, however, you can leave all of this to an expert.
  • Avoiding reams of paperwork: While a lot of tasks involved with property sales are now carried out online, there is still a huge amount involved when it comes to legal paperwork. Having a specialist to help you means that you can avoid the need to get caught up in all of this legal red tape and instead leave it to the solicitor.
  • Reducing stress: Going through a property sale can be a stressful process at the best of times. However, if you also have to deal with the legal side of things on top of everything else you could find that stress levels go through the roof. Having a legal expert to deal with that side of the property sale will reduce some of the stress associated with the sale of your property.
  • Speeding up the sale: With a good property solicitor working on your behalf, you can ensure that the sale of your house goes through as quickly as possible. This is because you won’t have to worry about delays arising from legal issues that cannot be resolved in a timely manner.

If you do decide that you want a property solicitor acting on your behalf when you are selling your house, you need to ensure you choose the right professional for your needs. Do your research and look for a good property solicitor with plenty of experience in the conveyancing field. Also, make sure you look at other qualities before you make your decision, such as the track record of the solicitor and whether you are able to get competitive rates.

How necessary is it to have a property solicitor to sell your home?

So, is it really necessary for you to have a solicitor onboard? Well, in short you do necessarily have to hire one in order to sell your property. These days, with the property market having been through a lot of turbulence over the years, people look at other ways of selling their houses in order to try and achieve goals such as a quick sale or the best price. However, do you really have the time and even the confidence to deal with all of the legal side of your sale on your own? This is a key point to think about before you make your decision.

In some cases, you may find that a property solicitor is hired by the other party in order to deal with all of the legalities. For instance, if you decide to sell your house through a reputable property buying company you may find that a specialist property solicitor is appointed on your behalf, saving you the cost, time and hassle of having to look for legal representation yourself.

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About the author
Aude Seynt MartinAude Seynt Martin is an ex French corporate lawyer with a Master Phil in Property Law. When she came to London, Aude gave up her career as a Lawyer to be involved in property. Having studied the market for more than two years and worked with very experienced landlords and professionals, Aude is now a Property Consultant, whose motivation is to come up with creative solutions to help overcome any property related situation.

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