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7 Advantages of Hiring a Conveyancing Specialists When Buying or Selling Your Home

7 Advantages of Hiring a Conveyancing Specialists When Buying or Selling Your Home

Buying and selling homes is a complicated process that can be riddled with mistakes if not done with a professional. These professionals are responsible for lots of things from making sure that your home will be advertised and shown to buyers down to the marketing for it.

Conveyancing specialists will know the ins and outs of the industry and will be up to speed on all of the legal aspects of the process.

1. Handling Legal Aspects

If there are conditions or provisions on the title of the property, this could hinder the ability to get permission for planning in the future. On the other hand, there may be provisions regarding walls or restrictions about what can or cannot be done within the property.

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When this is the case, conveyancing specialists will have your back and explain everything to you—they will always have the best interest of the client at the front.

2. They Perform Extensive Searches

This is one of the biggest advantages of hiring conveyancing specialists – they will spend lots of time searching for properties. You will give them the parameters that you are looking for and they will search properties and work to seek out any potential problems.

This could be issues with boundaries, past owners, and the property itself. There are so many things that could be wrong with a property and leave it to a professional to check their list to ensure that all problems are found and addressed.

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3. Organizing the Finances

A conveyancing specialist will ensure that you are absolutely pleased with the terms of the contract. You will be able to find out the different types of mortgages or funding that are available so that the financial arrangement can be set up. One of the worst scenarios imaginable would be to get locked into a mortgage that is not what you

One of the worst scenarios imaginable would be to get locked into a mortgage that is not what you want and having to deal with it for potentially 30 more years.

4. They Take on Estate Agents

When selling a home, a conveyancing specialist will be in charge of getting you set up with an estate agent. This is the person who is in charge of getting your property sold. They deal with multiple estate agents regularly and will be able to pair you up with the one that will work best for you are and property. Estate agents won’t try to schmooze a conveyancing specialist, but an unsuspecting homeowner is an entirely different story. The professionals know what they are up against and will likely be more straight-forward than they would be with a homeowner.

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Estate agents won’t try to schmooze a conveyancing specialist, but an unsuspecting homeowner is an entirely different story. The professionals know what they are up against and will likely be more straight-forward than they would be with a homeowner.

5. They Ensure Satisfaction with the Contract

If you opt to not hire a conveyancer, it is highly likely you will be dealing with the other party’s conveyancing specialist yourself. The problem arises when you are faced with understanding all of the legal facets with no prior knowledge of what any of it means. You will not know how to effectively negotiate your

You will not know how to effectively negotiate your contract and could end up with the short end of the stick. When you have a professional doing this for you, they will work to make sure that you are totally satisfied with the terms of the contract that is presented to you. It will help you avoid so many headaches.

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6. Expenses Will Be Outlined

Your conveyancing specialist will provide you with an outlined estimate of their fees and payments that you will need to provide for things like stamp duty or search fees. They will be able to explain each of their specific fees to you and will let you know when the deposit is due, along with the balance of the purchase price. They will also make sure that the mortgage money is deposited on time and correctly.

They will be able to explain each of their specific fees to you and will let you know when the deposit is due, along with the balance of the purchase price. They will also make sure that the mortgage money is deposited on time and correctly.

7. You Will Know the Basis of Ownership

In general, homes are purchased by two people and a specialist will be able to explain how property can be owned by one or more people. It is so important that this portion of the process is explored thoroughly, because of the implications in the event that the joint owners separate or one of them

It is so important that this portion of the process is explored thoroughly, because of the implications in the event that the joint owners separate or one of them passes away. Get all of these wrinkles ironed out early on with a conveyancer.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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