When remortgaging, buying, or selling a home in Bicester, having an experienced conveyancing solicitor on your team can be the difference between a smooth experience or a stressful one.
There are many risks involved in conveyancing that have the potential to put a dampener on the excitement that comes from making a property transaction. Luckily, our conveyancing team has the extensive experience needed to identify and mitigate any potential risks before they get out of control.
By provisioning friendly guidance and accessible services to all of our clients, we have become well known for our reliability regarding conveyancing. We provide expert support at every stage of the conveyancing process, leaving our clients informed and assured that they are in safe hands.
Our online conveyance services allow us to connect with a wide range of clients across Oxfordshire, including Bicester, Kidlington, Benson, and Chipping Norton. These services are fast and incredibly efficient.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Bicester can help you
In Bicester our team has a lot of experience with conveyancing. They can provide services like:
- 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
Our Bird & Co solicitors in Bicester are on the panel for major lenders. This means we are able to provide expert support whether you are working with a local building society or a national firm.
Why choose Bird & Co’s conveyancing solicitors in Bicester?
In the current climate, some people may not feel safe coming into our offices in person. At Bird & Co we offer alternative online services that both allow us to support people across the country and allows us to give our clients the maximum amount of support without the need for travel unless they choose to do so.
In order to provide approachable and modern conveyancing services, our solicitors aim to make the process as effortless as possible.
You will always be in direct contact with your solicitor via email so you can ask any questions you may have and stay up to date on the status of your case. Because of this direct line of contact between our solicitors and our clients, we are better able to keep everyone up to data and provide the maximum amount of support.
Bird & Co is accredited by the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This means that the high quality of our conveyancing practices has been recognised and that we can:
- 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
Additionally, we have proven our dedication to providing first-rate customer service and the high quality of our practices by being Lexcel accredited by the Law Society.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Bicester?
There are many benefits to instructing one of our online conveyancers, for example:
- With in-depth knowledge of the national property market and the local market in Bicester, our property solicitors have the upper hand compared to firms that only focus on local markets.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind. This has resulted in us taking care to protect our clients at all times using encrypted emails, malware protection, and securing legal documentation.
- We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently. By making many of our services online, we have dramatically reduced the number of delays our clients endure.
- Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective. Working digitally can help to minimise the cost of conveyance services.
- For clients who are on the other side of the world. Our international clients can benefit from our use of video conferencing in order to remain updated on their property conveyancing.
- We maintain the same legal obligations no matter where our clients are. Whether you are local or on the other side of the world, the conveyancing process will remain more or less the same and we are fully insured in case of emergencies.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Bicester?
When it comes to conveyancing fees, we provide a wide range of flexible options so that our services are accessible to all of our clients. For example, we have a fixed fee payment option for our services in Bicester. A fixed fee payment means that you know exactly how much you will be spending from the beginning and in the event that you require an additional service, your solicitor will inform you of the change in price.
Services like registering with HM Land Registry, conveyancing searches, and other matters related to the conveyancing process are likely to require additional payments called disbursements.
It is also possible that your conveyancing services may be affected by tax, for example, Capital Gains Tax. In this instance, our conveyancing solicitors can provide the necessary support and help you calculate and file the tax with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Bicester?
The conveyancing process can be boiled down to three key stages:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
After an offer is officially accepted, both parties will agree to a contract. However, it’s important to note that the contract in not legally binding until it has been signed and exchanged by both the seller and the buyer.
Following this, checks will need to be run on the property to ensure it is as expected and to avoid any unwelcome surprises. This will involve your solicitor and may 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)
If they have not done so already, and it is required, the buyer will apply for a mortgage.
After completing a thorough checks on the property, if both parties are still satisfied, the contracts will be signed and exchanged. This will make the transaction legally binding. If one of the parties do want to pull out of the deal after the contracts have been signed, they will be required to pay a financial penalty.
The seller will need to vacate the property and a transfer deed should be submitted to the HM Land Registry. At this point, the transaction becomes official. This is called completion.
How long does conveyancing take in Bicester?
Generally, the time it takes to complete a conveyancing transaction is between 12 and 14 weeks. This can vary dramatically though depending on the number of delays and complexity of the situation.
In the event that unavoidable delays do occur, your solicitor will keep you up to date on the progress of your transaction.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Bicester?
When purchasing a property in Bicester, a series of checks will need to be carried out by your conveyancer. This is done to ensure that there are no major issues that may become a problem further down the line.
The three most common types of conveyancing searches include:
- 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
In the event that you require additional conveyancing services, your solicitor will inform you.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Bicester?
We can guide you through the initial process of your conveyancing transaction and provide support regarding any legal details.
Our expertise can be incredibly valuable whether you are moving to Bicester, remortgaging or selling a property.