Why is conveyancing so difficult?

Not many people have positive feedback about the legal process of buying or selling a home in the UK.

Ask the vast majority of homebuyers what it is like, and they will tell you how it took longer than they expected, or it cost more than they planned, and they felt confused and out of control throughout. There is no single reason as to why this should be the case, but here are some contributing factors:

  • Old-fashioned laws: Many of the laws and legal processes that govern buying and selling a property date back hundreds of years, such as the Chancel repair liability.
  • Jargon: Conveyancing solicitors spend years training and learning specialised language for their trade, and often forget that this is gobbledegook to the majority of people. However, you won’t find this at In-Deed; we express things in everyday English, so you are never left bewildered. But, if you don’t understand something, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification.
  • Paper trails: Technology is making its way into conveyancing, but it’s still largely the exception rather than the rule. Many conveyancing solicitors and organisations still insist on using paper-based communication and snail-mail, rather than automated case-management systems and email. In-Deed’s conveyancers are happy to work with the latest technology in order to give you the best and most efficient service possible.
  • Chains: Even if your sale or purchase runs smoothly, you will often be part of a chain of transactions. Being part of a chain usually leads to delay and uncertainty, and can even cause your whole transaction to fall over.

As much as we’d like to, we can't remove all the problems associated with conveyancing. But we can promise to make the legal part of buying or selling a home a much better experience for you, and do whatever we can to remove obstacles to ensure efficient progress.

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