Buying Property is a Big Step
Buying a property is not the same thing as buying a used car as there are many things to be considered. Not only are there mortgages to be arranged, and removal companies to organize, but there are also a seemingly bewildering series of specialists to be consulted.
One of those specialists is a conveyancing solicitor, who you will need, as these people protect your interests during the house buying process. They make sure that such things as the deeds are correct, and also liaise between the mortgage company, land registry and much more.
Most people simply use the solicitors that their parents or friends do, and whilst this does have the benefit of word of mouth recommendation, there are other options out there. A little research on the internet will reveal dozens of companies all eager for your custom.
As with anything, it is best to ask for prices and rates. Some places charge a flat rate, whilst others still, charge an hourly rate. This can be quite a significant addition to any house move, and so it is advisable to search around in order to get the best value for money.
The same can be said of hunting for a mortgage. Rates are low at the moment, and if you have a nice deposit to put down, then banks will be eager for your custom. A little research online will reveal the best options, and it might be a good idea to keep a spreadsheet of all the offers available, so that they are easier to compare.