Putting Together A DIY Conveyancing Kit

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DIY conveyancing can be dangerous. There are all sorts of hidden problems and unlike a solicitor or conveyancer you will have no insurance to fall back on when things go wrong. Also, you might find it taking up more of your time than you expected. With professional conveyancing services available for £200 - £300 you have to question whether the savings you can make are actually worth the time and the risk.
That's the bad side. On the positive side it can give you a tremendous feeling of satisfaction to get the job done successfully. You can often speed the transaction up by making sure that correspondence is dealt with as soon as it is received. Remember that a professional conveyancer may have hundreds of transactions at any one time and it might be that a letter, which contains enquiries which need to be forwarded to you to answer, could be sat on his desk for several days. Add on a couple of days for postage to you and back to your conveyancer and a week is wasted. Looking at it like this it's easy to see how a transaction can drag on. If you do decide to do your own conveyancing you are going to need a conveyancing kit.
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Contents of a Conveyancing Kit

We'll look in this article at a conveyancing kit for a sale. To carry out your own conveyancing on a sale you'll need the following forms/documents:

· Property information form

· Fixtures, fittings and contents form

· Official Copies of the title to your property

· Contract

· ID1

Let's look at where you might get these documents from.

Official Copies and form ID1

The official copies can be obtained from the Land Registry. Just telephone them, give your property address and you can purchase official copies (you will need the register and plan) using a debit card. The current cost is L8 in total though this will increase from time to time. The land registry's register proves who owns the property you are selling and contains details of any legal rights and covenants which affect it, so it is an essential part of your conveyancing kit.

Form ID1 can also be downloaded from Land Registry, free of charge, from the “forms and publications” section. You need to supply this form to the buyer where you are not represented by a solicitor or conveyancer. You will need to take it to a solicitor with your ID and a passport sized photograph. He will sign it to confirm that you are who you say you are.

Property Information Form and Fixtures, Fittings and Contents Form

The property information forms and fixtures, fittings and contents forms contain a serious of standard conveyancing questions for you to answer about the property. Strictly speaking they are not an essential part of the conveyancing kit however it will assist the transaction if you complete them. You can purchase them online from a legal stationer such as Oyezforms. There are also websites from which you might be able to download forms which are similar to the official versions.

If you can't get hold of copies it maybe that the buyer's conveyancer will supply them to you. His alternative would be to draft a set of enquiries from scratch which would involve considerably more work on his part.

The Contract

This is an essential part of the conveyancing kit and possibly the most difficult to source. Try to find a book in the library about conveyancing, this may have some examples, or else put “free conveyancing contract” into a search engine.

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