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DIY Versus Professional Conveyancing: Why DIY May Be an Expensive Affair

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Proponents of DIY conveyancing assert that it is a cost-saving mechanism since the buyer does not have to pay a conveyancer. However, as you will learn in the extract below, DIY conveyancing can be an expensive affair that could leave you in legal troubles. Below are the benefits of hiring a professional conveyancer over DIY conveyancing. 

Real Estate Advice

Your conveyancer will examine the property and advise you on whether you are getting value for your money. For example, he or she may ask you to wait on the purchase if the property is overpriced. It will be difficult to tell if the property is overpriced if you do not have any real estate experience. 

Due Diligence

It is easy to conduct a title search and ask for a building inspection. However, with little or no legal knowledge, you may make assumptions that will expose you to significant liabilities in the future. Certain aspects of due diligence require some legal expertise. They include:

  1. Type of ownership. If the property has a company, leasehold or strata title, you will need to know the land laws, constitution and annual payments.
  2. Boundaries. The lawyer will evaluate the title report and boundary lines to determine the size of the property. You may be shocked to find out that the parking area sits on the neighbour's property, for example.
  3. Insurance. The conveyancer will review the terms and conditions of your insurance to determine what it covers. For example, if the house is located in a flood-prone area, you would want a cover that includes flood risk.
  4. Disputes. The lawyer will ensure the property is not under dispute. If it had a dispute, he or she will evaluate the possibility of an appeal. 


Experienced conveyancers have long-term relationships with banks. As such, they can negotiate interest rates and repayment terms on behalf of their clients. As a DIY conveyancer, you may not have sufficient leverage to negotiate these terms. 

Contract of Sale

The contract of sale contains legal jargon that may not be understood by a DIY conveyancer. For example, the appraisal contingency should allow you to terminate the agreement and receive your earnest money if the property does not appraise at a specified amount. If you would like to sell your current home before moving into the new house, your conveyancer will include a home contingency clause to give you adequate time to sell your home.

Hiring a conveyancer will ensure that you save on costs and avoid future liabilities, and it will give you peace of mind as you purchase property. Contact a professional who provides conveyancing services to learn more.


30 December 2019