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Conveyancing Services and Hidden Fees | Sunday, April 15th, 2012

There are many conveyancing services, each offering a different pricing and price package for the work of conveyancing.  To make sure your property title is clear and has no legal lien or judgments against it, the process of researching and surveying can easily be a costly one, but it doesn’t have to be.

Basic Fee Structure for Conveyancing

A straightforward conveyancing service package will include checking of public records and court house documents to see if the land title has any problems or if it is clear to be sold.  There are two basic fee structures: either a flat fee for the work or you could be charged on a per hour basis.  If you find a firm that will do the work for a flat fee, always find out what the fee includes – do not assume that the fees include all court document filing fees, photocopying fees, and postage fees.  Often time those charges are not included and can really add up in the end.

Hidden Fees

Ask specifically if what you are paying for includes the following charges:

  • Postage office charges and fees.  It may seem a like a small detail, but these charges can and do add up quickly.
  • Copy Fees.  Ask if you will be charged for any copies you request or that are needed in the process of conveyancing.  If you will be charged for any copies, ask what the rate is per copy.  For each page of the document, and since many reports are several pages long, this could be quite costly.
  • Court Fees.  If the courts charge for filing any documents or for the photocopying of any documents, find out if your package will cover these costs or if these charges are passed along to you separately.  This can really pad the bill that you will be receiving.
  • Mortgage Transaction Costs.  Will you be charged additionally for this or does the firm handling the conveyance cover these charges for you?

Conveyancing can be an expensive process depending on the firm that is handling your conveyancing, but it doesn’t have to break the bank.  There are many solicitors and private conveyancing services companies with comprehensive service packages, it just takes a little looking around to find the right fit.  When you meet with or call any a conveyancing service, have your list of questions ready and do not sign any contract or hire the agency or firm without making sure you know what their service does and, more importantly, doesn’t include.

Being on your way to purchasing or sell a property is an exciting proposition, especially for first time home buyers, but always be aware of what it takes to make a good decision in this important process.  Another question to ask when speaking with a prospective conveyancing firm is to find out if they handle all your work within their office or if they hire out the work to other firms.  This is crucial as they are dealing with sensitive and private information, and your confidentiality and privacy should be a top priority not only for you but for the conveyancing services firm you work with.

Getting Cheap Conveyancing Quotes | Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Conveyancing fees can differ dramatically from solicitor to solicitor. Some will even charge you a percentage of the value of the property – which is ludicrous. That is why you should always shop around when you require the services of someone who can do your conveyancing for you. Licensed conveyancers can be a little cheaper but the price you are likely to pay for conveyancing services will be around the same price as that of a solicitor. That is why it is always advisable to get quotes from people who offer conveyancing services to ensure you are getting the right price. You will also want to ensure you get a flat fee instead of getting charged every step along the way during the conveyancing process. Many conveyancers will charge you for just signing a contract – however, it is worth noting that they are the people who are preparing the contract you are signing.

There are so many conveyancers out there that it may seem overwhelming at first. Start with a few conveyancers. Because there are so many conveyancers out there the market is quite competitive. Conveyancing has become a massive industry unto itself. So finding the right person for the job may be easier than you think. If you can’t find a reasonable price at first, keep looking. You will find someone eventually. It is just a matter of knowing what to look for when searching for the right price. You will probably see some dramatic differences in fee structures. Only after seeing how their fee structures work will you be able to accurately gauge what a reasonable price is. You may opt to pay a little more if the conveyancer is highly regarded. However, someone who is fresh to the industry may really know their stuff and will charge a little less in order to build a client base.

Never take the first quote as the best you will find. It may even help to play conveyancers against each other in order to get the best deal. Ensure you know what fees you are likely to incur and get something in writing. It may also help to get other conveyancers to look at other quotes you have received in order to see if they can match the price of another firm. Conveyancing is something every property buyer and seller has to go through in order to sell or purchase a property.