A conveyancer is a person other than a solicitor who may conduct the conveyancing required during the sale of a property. You will need to enlist the services of a conveyancer regardless of whether you are the person buying a property or selling it. A conveyancer is also sometimes referred to as a conveyancing solicitor, but the role undertaken is the same in each case.
In theory, you could do the required work on your own if you do not require a mortgage. However, this is not advised as the process is complex and difficult for someone with no experience.
The conveyancer is required when you have made a successful offer on a property. In the case of selling, this would be the point at which you accept the offer on your property. When looking for a conveyancer to handle this part of the process for you, always check they have the proper credentials. This would involve being regulated by one of two authorities:
- The Council for Licensed Conveyancers
- The Solicitors Regulation Authority
The conveyancer will handle every step along the road to the exchange of contracts. The journey will involve creating a purchase file, conducting searches relating to the property and plot, going through numerous checks, requesting and receiving your deposit, sorting out the chain, and exchanging contracts. Hence why it is important to get an experienced, qualified, and registered conveyancer to handle this important part of the process of home buying for you. It would be foolhardy to do anything else. (And if you do need a mortgage, your lender will require you to hire a conveyancer anyway.)