Conveyancing Solicitors in Appleford
If you are planning on buying, selling, or remortgaging a property in Appleford, our property transaction lawyers are experts ready to ensure your transaction is a success.
Whether you are purchasing a family home or are looking to lease a property, it is important to take the right steps to avoid mistakes and unnecessary delays. Having a skilled solicitor means you will be carefully guided through the entire process.
We have dealt with many clients from all backgrounds and property transaction circumstances, and this means no matter the complexity, we will be able to provide tailored advice to ensure minimal stress and a smooth transaction.
At Bird & Co, we offer a friendly, fast, and convenient online conveyancing service, which allows us to reach a magnitude of clients in Appleford and surrounding areas.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Appleford can help you
Our team of residential property solicitors in Appleford have expertise in all manner of 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
We are on the panel for most major mortgage lenders. This means that we will be able to help you whether you are using a national firm or a local building society.
Why Choose Bird & Co’s Conveyancing Solicitors in Appleford?
At Bird & Co, we are proud to offer a unique online conveyancing service, meaning our services can be offered entirely remotely. This means you do not need to visit us at our offices; instead, we can communicate via videoconferencing and telephone calls.
Communication is incredibly important to us, and that’s why from the outset, we offer consistent communication through direct contact with your case manager. If you have any questions regarding your case, we will be happy to answer and vice versa if we need to inform you of any updates.
Our team are accredited by the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme, meaning 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 also take pride in our Lexcel accreditation from the Law Society. The Lexcel accreditation acknowledges our commitment to providing a high level of client service, as well as the quality of our practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Appleford?
- We know the local Appleford market well and also have an in-depth knowledge of the national property market. This gives us an edge over other local Appleford conveyancing firms.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind. To protect our clients and their sensitive data, we have strict procedures, such as encrypting emails and regularly updating security software.
- Traditional conveyancing often incurs delays, but we can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently as these delays can be avoided through online conveyancing.
- Traditional conveyancing usually requires additional fees due to physical resources being essential. This means our online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective.
- We frequently use video conferencing software to help clients nationally, even for clients who are on the other side of the world.
- Our legal obligations to you remain the same as if we were meeting in person. There are no differences to the overall conveyancing process, and we are fully insured just in case.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Appleford?
For our conveyancing services, we are able to offer a range of flexible fees, including fixed fees for simple transactions. This provides certainty from the outset. It is possible additional fees are necessary, and we will inform you immediately so you are aware before continuing forward.
Additional costs are required on top of our service fees; these are known as disbursements, such as conveyancing searches and registering the property with HMRC. We will provide a breakdown of these fees during our initial meeting.
Your transaction may be affected by tax, including Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax. Your solicitor will calculate what is owed and file the return on your behalf with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Appleford?
During the conveyancing process, there are three main steps involved, including:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When a buyer submits an offer that is accepted, they enter a verbal agreement. Until the contracts are exchanged and signed, it isn’t yet legally binding, and either party can retract from the agreement.
At this point, the buyer and their chosen solicitor will carry out a number of checks. These checks are:
- 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)
Should the buyer need a mortgage, they will apply at this stage.
Once all the checks are done and the parties are ready to proceed, the contracts can be exchanged and signed, making the transaction legally binding, and neither party can opt out unless there is a reasonable excuse.
Once the transaction is official, this is known as completion, and the buyer becomes the owner once the transfer deed is submitted with HM Land Registry. From this point, the seller must vacate, and the buyer can move in.
How long does conveyancing take in Appleford?
Most straightforward transactions take an average time of 12 to 14 weeks to reach completion. However, this average time frame is not always a guarantee as different property transactions can have dissimilar challenges.
Where delays apply to the property in question, your case manager will keep you in the loop at all times.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Appleford?
To make sure there are no issues that need addressing straight away, your conveyancer is required to carry out several different checks. There are three main types, and these are:
- 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
Further checks might be necessary, but this will depend on the type of property and where it is situated. If this is the case, your conveyancer will be sure to let you know.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Appleford?
Our Appleford residential conveyancing solicitors will talk you through the transaction process, and once we open your case, we will assign an individual solicitor who will take care of the legal details and be your direct point of contact.