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From Traditional to Innovative: Blogs About Legal Matters

Questions to Ask Your Conveyancer About the Buying and Selling Process

by Júnia Melo

Conveyancing refers to the exchange of property between parties, such as when you're buying or selling a house. A conveyancer works as a sort of assistant through this process, to ensure everything is done properly and legally and you as the buyer or seller know all the steps involved. If you've hired a conveyancer as either a buyer or seller, note a few questions you might ask them to ensure you understand what to expect and know the process is being handled properly.

1. Ask how long the conveyancing may take in your case

There is no absolute concrete answer about how long conveyancing will take, as it depends on several factors that will differ in each case. This will include whether or not inspections can be scheduled within a certain timeframe and how long each party will request for the transfer of funds, to vacate the property, and the like; if one party needs to go on holiday during the process or has a delay for another reason, then of course it will take longer than usual. However, a conveyancer may be aware of many of these details so that he or she can give you a general timeframe of the process and make you aware of these types of factors that you would might otherwise overlook.

2. Ask when you should book your removals

It's never good to book a removalist until the contracts for the conveyancing are exchanged between the parties, as any unexpected delays or complications can mean losing your deposit and other such monies. A conveyancer may be able to tell you when the exchange of contracts is scheduled and if he or she has any reason to think that it may be delayed. You can then determine if you should make this reservation, or wait until after the exchange is completed to schedule your removals.

3. Always ask what surveys they recommend

If you're buying property, you want to ensure that you've had it properly surveyed and inspected. A conveyancer will know the types of inspections this can include and why they're recommended for a particular home. For example, they may know that mold may be more common in areas where the soil is especially moist. They may also know if the property might be more prone to termite infestation, if the area or the building materials are a good host to termites. Ask for their input on the inspections you want to schedule so you know the property is in good repair and can make a decision about buying or adjusting your offer, based on those inspections.