Back in 2007, when Fastmove was launched, it was the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Home Information Packs (HIPS) that encouraged local law firms to work together for the first time with a common objective to improve the whole home moving experience.
It sounds simple, but this was revolutionary – and has since been recognised as such by the Law Society.
Competing law firms put aside their differences in order to offer local people a truly local solution - challenging the large national firms of conveyancers and HIP providers, while continuing to provide a true ‘open market’ and compete on price and service.
Under the Fastmove banner, each solicitor worked with a standard set of home-moving forms and enquiries to assemble a full contract package before an offer for a property was accepted.
Members signed up to a ‘Fastmove promise’ to make home moves quicker and easier, and it worked! Firms were soon able to demonstrate savings of up to 60 per cent in the time it took from agreeing a sale to the all important exchange of contracts.
But we soon realised that there was another reason why customers chose Fastmove lawyers. As a local group, Fastmove were flying the flag for local businesses in the area.
Most people understand it is in their best interests and in the interests of our local economy to select a local lawyer rather than a firm which is, in effect, a call centre miles away.
The trouble was, when it came to buying legal services, how could people be sure they ‘went local’?
People moving home and buying through the larger, corporate estate agencies are often persuaded to use their conveyancing firms.
The agent’s office may be in Plymouth, but far from being a local firm, the reality may mean you are using a corporate conveyancing house in Cardiff, Birmingham or even further afield!
Fastmove became a champion for local businesses and has expanded its membership to include other firms throughout the home moving process - estate agents, removal companies, storage firms, surveyors and other support services.
A real ‘one stop shop’ for all local home movers that promises an assurance of the highest professional standards and truly competitive and affordable prices.
Now in 2010, our membership has grown to include 25 local law firms and seventeen estate agents as well as companies offering support services such as Barron Surveying Services, Kirtleys Removals & Storage, Property Search Group (PSG) and Quickstore.
If you are thinking of moving home, remember to keep it local and stress-free with Fastmove..