Deciding to purchase or sell a home in Abingdon can be overwhelming. For your peace of mind and to ensure everything runs smoothly, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced conveyancing solicitor.
Although a property transaction is one of the most exciting things you can do, it is also one of the most stressful. There are so many things that can go wrong, many of which may come as a complete surprise. With the support of our conveyancing experts, we can guide you throughout the process, minimising the risk to you.
With our straightforward, expert advice, Bird & Co aims to give all of our clients the best possible experience, with both reliable and accessible services. Our solicitors will be with you every step of the way to answer your questions and provide constant support.
Additionally, at Bird & Co, we value efficiency, and with our online conveyancing service, we are able to support clients across a wider area. For example, throughout Oxfordshire.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Abingdon can help you
The Bird & Co team based in Abingdon has both experience and expertise in conveyancing matters, including:
- Buying and selling your home
- Advice for first time buyers, such as:
- Equity release
- Advice about buying as joint tenants or tenants in common
- Buying and selling listed property
- Buying and selling leasehold property
- Collective enfranchisement and buying the freehold of a house
- Lease extension
- Transfer of equity
- Gifting property and Deeds of Gift
- Buy to let conveyancing
- Buying and selling land
- Commercial conveyancing
- Stamp Duty advice
Due to our position on the panel for the majority of major lenders, our team is able to provide high-quality support whether you are using a national firm or a local building society.
Why choose Bird & Co’s conveyancing solicitors in Abingdon?
At Bird & Co, we have the ability to provide both online and in person support. This allows us to offer our services to a much wider area whilst allowing our clients to choose a method of support that makes them feel more comfortable.
We will always aim to make our services as straightforward and client friendly as possible in order to keep the conveyancing process stress free.
When you work with our solicitors, you will always have access to the answers to your questions, as well as being in direct contact with your case solicitor, normally via email, so that you never feel out of the loop.
Bird & Co is accredited by the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. Because of this, we will:
- Provide high quality legal advice
- Get your conveyancing transaction completed as efficiently as possible
- Provide top quality customer service and respond to queries quickly
- Keep you regularly updated and never leave you in the dark about the status of your transaction
- Be upfront and honest about your fees – we will provide you with an accurate quote before you instruct us so that you can decide whether we are right for you
We have also showcased our commitment to our clients and high quality of customer service and practice management. Leading us to be Lexcel accredited by the Law Society.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Abingdon?
There are many benefits to making use of our online conveyancers, for example:
- At Bird & Co, our property lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the national property market. This includes areas across Abingdon, unlike many other firms that only handle local conveyancing transactions.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind. To protect our clients and keep our online conveyancing services secure, we encrypt our emails, use malware protection, and recognise the importance of protecting legal documents.
- We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently. Due to the fact that so many of our services can be delivered remotely, our clients receive results quicker and with minimal delays.
- Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective. There are a number of additional costs associated with traditional conveyancing. These can be avoided when work is completed digitally.
- At Bird & Co, we provide country and even worldwide support for clients dealing with property transactions. We do this with the use of tools like zoom, so we can speak to our clients face to face, wherever they are.
- Whether we are speaking face to face, via zoom, or on the phone, our legal obligations will remain the same. We are fully insured and find that there is very little difference to the overall process, no matter where our clients are and how they like to keep in touch.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Abingdon?
In Abingdon, our conveyancing solicitors can offer you a wide variety of flexible fees to suit your specific needs. For example, we can provide a fixed fee so that you know exactly what you are paying for a service. In this instance, if we need to add additional fees for extra services, your solicitor will let you know ahead of time.
Within the conveyancing process, you are likely to come across a few disbursements. Disbursements are any additional cost associated with the conveyancing process, for example, conveyancing searches or registering a property with HM Land Registry.
Other costs that you may incur along the way may include different types of taxes. Our solicitors at Bird & Co can help you to calculate how much tax you may owe due to things like Stamp Duty Tax and Capital Gains Tax. They can then help you to file the tax return with the HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Abingdon?
The conveyancing process can be broken down into three key stages, including:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
It’s important to remember that after an offer is accepted, it only becomes a legally binding contract once both parties have signed and exchanged it.
The buyer and their solicitors will perform a variety of property checks. These checks can vary but will generally include things like:
- Reviewing property information provided by the seller and making further enquiries if necessary (done by the conveyancing solicitor)
- Conducting conveyancing property searches, such as local authority checks (done by the conveyancing solicitor)
- Carrying out an independent survey (done by the buyer)
At this stage, if it’s necessary, the buyer may also apply for a mortgage.
If after the checks have been completed and the results are satisfactory, and both parties are still on board, they will sign and exchange contracts. At this stage, the contract is considered legally binding, and if either party chooses to pull out, they will receive a financial penalty in response.
When the transaction is official, the conveyancing process will move into the completion stage. At this point, the seller must leave the property, and a transfer deed is submitted to HM Land Registry.
How long does conveyancing take in Abingdon?
The length of time it takes for a conveyancing transaction to reach completion can vary from case to case. In normal circumstances, after an offer has been made, this process can take around 12 to 14 weeks. However, sometimes delays can be unavoidable, and in these instances, your solicitor will keep you up to date on the situation.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Abingdon?
When purchasing a property in Abingdon, a variety of checks need to be performed by a conveyancer in order to find any potential issues that may need to address sooner rather than later.
A conveyancing search can be broken down into three key parts:
- Local authority checks – to check the surrounding area for planning, pollution, highway, pollution or other related issues
- Environmental searches – to check for issues such as flooding or land contamination
- Water and drainage searches – to check matters such as water and drainage access
If the property requires further checks, your solicitor is responsible for informing you.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Abingdon?
In Abingdon, our expert conveyancing team can walk you through each stage of the conveyancing transaction. Once completed, all the legal details related to your transaction will be handled by your conveyancer.
If you are looking to buy or sell a property in Abingdon, our solicitors can use their combined experience to provide high quality legal support throughout the whole conveyancing process.