Online security is a major topic at the moment and cyber crime is constantly on the rise.
Scams are increasingly inevitable and as a result users must work to protecting themselves. For this reason we’re bringing you our top tips to protect you when buying your new home.
- It’s a good idea to use a conveyancer who’s been personally recommended to you by someone you trust.
- Ideally, choose a local conveyancer who you can drop in and visit if you need to.
- Buying a house is a really big deal, so don’t scrimp – prioritise recommendations over price. Don’t necessarily go with the cheapest, you have been warned!
- Advice from the SRA is to “Find a solicitor who’s a member of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme”
- Ensure the CS is SRA regulated (get their SRA number)
- Check the solicitors record via the SRA website (‘Consumers’, ‘Check a solicitor’s record’) http://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/solicitor-check.page
- Read through any disciplinary findings in full
- If the solicitor is ‘trading as’ something other then their official name, ask yourself why? Are they possibly trying to hide from negative reviews? This is just a thought but might be something worth considering!
- Google the CS (including official name) for reviews.
- Find out how the CS will communicate with you and if there will be any limited hours.