CONGRATULATIONS! - YOU’VE ACCEPTED AN OFFER! Now what? Instructing a solicitor You will need to instruct a solicitor or licensed conveyancer to handle your sale for you. Here’s how to go about it: 1. Get quotes from several conveyancing solicitors. You could ask family or friends for recommendations or your estate agent can recommend solicitors that they work with regularly. Estate agents will recommend solicitors with who they have good relationships and who they know will help the sale proceed to completion most smoothly. Keep in mind that the cheapest conveyancing quote is not always your best option - you want to make sure you find a solicitor who will work to your timelines, returns calls and has an excellent customer service record. 2. Try to find a solicitor who works on a no sale, no fee basis, so that you don’t have to pay anything if the sale falls through. 3. Be clear with your solicitor when you want the sale to exchange and complete so that they work to your timelines. Not all people realise that one of the most crucial jobs an estate agent undertakes on your behalf is “sales progression” - estate agents will keep in regular contact with your conveyancing solicitor to ensure your sale is progressing, to provide any outstanding paperwork for the solicitor and to continue to give you feedback on the sale of your home. 15