Ming Gao
  • Client Partner/ Registered Conveyancer (Mandarin speaking)
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Frequently asked questions

What to Check at Pre settlement Inspection: A Quick Checklist

If you are purchasing a property in South Australia for the first time and you have purchased a property interstate beforehand, you may be familiar with the concept of a pre settlement inspection. This usually occurs a few days before settlement and is a chance for the purchaser to confirm that the condition of the property they are about to settle upon is as it was inspected and with the same inclusions contained in the Contract of sale.

The pre settlement inspection gives the purchaser the opportunity to examine things like:

  • Electricals – checking the doorbell, fans, light fittings, exhaust fans, heating units and air conditioning
  • Appliances – making sure they are all operational e.g., dishwasher, oven, rangehood, cooktop
  • Garden – making sure that the property has been maintained between contract and settlement
  • Fixtures – turn on every tap and make sure they work for both hot and cold water, check the toilets and ensure they flush properly, check the washing machine taps
  • Curtains and blinds – making sure that if they were included in the contract of sale, they are still at the property
  • Doors and windows – checking that keys and locks work properly
  • Check that rubbish bins are present and that they are in good condition
  • Checking that the hot water system, gas meter, pool pump, smoke detectors and pool pumps are operational

As we said, while pre-settlement inspections are common in some states they are not in South Australia. If you specifically require a pre-settlement inspection, this can be considered for inclusion as a special condition when you sign the Contract of Sale.


What is e-conveyancing?

E-conveyancing is the process of conducting property conveyancing transactions electronically. It involves the use of digital technology to transfer documents including the property title and other legal documents between parties involved in a property sale or purchase. At the moment the main platform providers operating in Australia are PEXA and Sympli.

The main aim of e-conveyancing is to simplify and streamline the process of property conveyancing work by reducing the need for manual paperwork and increasing the efficiency of communication between parties. E-conveyancing platforms enable real-time access to relevant property information, including land titles, mortgage details, and other legal documents.

E-conveyancing is currently being implemented in several countries around the world, not just Australia. It is used also in New Zealand, and Singapore. It offers several benefits, including faster processing times, reduced errors and costs, improved security, and increased transparency in property transactions. E-conveyancing was mandated in South Australia in August 2020, driven largely by the global pandemic which saw the closure of face to face settlement operations.

Can the vendor and the purchaser use the same conveyancer?

In most cases, it is not recommended for a vendor and purchaser to use the same conveyancer, as this can create a potential conflict of interest. A conveyancer’s primary responsibility is to their client, and they are required to act in their client’s best interests at all times. If a conveyancer is representing both the vendor and the purchaser, they may not be able to provide impartial advice to both parties.

However, in some situations, such as a family transfer or where both parties are known to each other and agree to the arrangement, it may be possible for a vendor and purchaser to use the same conveyancer. In these cases, the conveyancer must disclose the potential conflict of interest to both parties and obtain their informed consent.

So, while it is possible for a vendor and purchaser to use the same conveyancer in certain situations, it is generally not recommended. Engaging separate conveyancers ensures that each party has an advocate who is acting solely in their best interests and can provide impartial advice throughout the transaction.

How long does the conveyancing process take?

The length of the conveyancing process in South Australia can vary depending on a variety of factors, including the complexity of the transaction, the efficiency of the conveyancers involved, and any potential legal or financial issues that may arise during the process.

Typically, the conveyancing process can take anywhere from 6-12 weeks to complete. This timeframe includes the time required for searches and checks to be conducted on the property, the preparation of legal documents, and the exchange of funds between the prospective home buyer and seller.

However, the process can sometimes take longer if there are any unexpected legal or financial issues that arise, such as disputes over property boundaries or outstanding debts on the property. In these cases, the conveyancers may need to take additional time to resolve the issues before the transaction can be completed.

Overall, it is important to allow enough time for the conveyancing process when buying or selling a property in South Australia, to ensure that everything runs smoothly and to avoid any potential delays or issues. Engaging an experienced and efficient conveyancer can also help to speed up the process and ensure that the transaction is completed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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