Conveyancing Solicitors in Chatham
If you are making plans to buy, sell, or remortgage a property in Chatham, then our expert conveyancing solicitors will be on hand to lend their support and expertise.
At Bird & Co, we recognise that property transactions are incredibly exciting, but they also come with a nagging sense of trepidation. Our conveyancing team have the experience to make sure that any of the potential pitfalls that come hand in hand with property transactions are expertly navigated, keeping everything as straightforward as possible.
We provide a friendly, reliable conveyancing service for individuals and families and Chatham. No matter what your personal situation is and what sort of transaction you are looking to complete, we will be able to provide straightforward advice that is tailored to suit your needs.
We also specialise in online conveyancing. This means that we can support clients from across Chatham and the wider Kent area, including Rochester, Brompton and Gillingham.
Get in touch with a member of our conveyancing team in Chatham by giving us a call, or get a quote online.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Chatham can help you
Our team of expert conveyancing solicitors in Chatham have previously supported our clients on a wide range of different conveyancing matters. Our expertise includes:
- 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 also on the panel for most major lenders. This means that we can support your transaction whether you are using a national firm or a local building society in Chatham.
Why Choose Bird & Co’s conveyancing solicitors in Chatham?
We are able to provide a specialist online conveyancing service for our clients, which means that we can complete the entire process remotely. There will be no need for you to make the trip to visit our physical offices unless you would like to – in which case you will be more than welcome.
Our conveyancing service is modern, friendly and designed to make the entire conveyancing process as straightforward as possible. Our aim is to help you complete your transaction with as little fuss as possible.
You will always be able to get in touch with a member of our conveyancing team when you need to, and you will be provided with a direct email address for the conveyancer who is handling your transaction.
We are accredited with the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This means that 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 are also Lexcel accredited by the Law Society. This award demonstrates our commitment to delivering the highest levels of customer service and practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Chatham?
There are a number of benefits to instructing our online conveyancers:
- We have in-depth knowledge of the national property market, as well as a detailed understanding of the local Chatham market. Many firms only deal with local transactions, limiting their scope of expertise.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind. When you work with our online conveyancers, you can rest assured that the legal documentation involved in your transaction is secure. We protect our clients by following procedures such as encrypting emails and putting malware protection in place.
- We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently. Many of the delays that come with traditional conveyancing can be avoided when work is completed remotely.
- Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective. Traditional conveyancing work tends to incur various extra costs which are avoided through online conveyancing.
- We have dealt with property transactions around the country, even for clients who are on the other side of the world. We also use video conferencing to talk to clients who could be anywhere at any time.
- Our legal obligations to you remain the same as if we were meeting in person as there are no differences to the overall conveyancing process. We are fully insured just in case.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Chatham?
We provide a range of flexible fees for our conveyancing work. In many instances, this includes fixed fees for straightforward work, which will give you a clear idea of how much you will have to budget for from the outset. If additional fees are required to complete your transaction, your conveyancer will let you know as soon as possible so you can consider your options.
There are other costs associated with the conveyancing process, known as disbursements. Examples of disbursements include conveyancing searches or registering a transaction at HM Land Registry.
You will also need to take tax into consideration when you are completing a property transaction. This could include factoring in Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax. If this is the case, your solicitor will help you to calculate how much tax is owed and file the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Chatham?
There are three stages to the conveyancing process:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When an offer is accepted on a property, the buyer and seller agree in principle to enter into a contract. At this stage, the contract has not been signed or exchanged, which means that the transaction is not considered to be legally binding.
The buyer will then work alongside their conveyancer to carry out various searches on the property. This is done to ensure that there are no unreported issues with the property that need to be addressed. Examples of searches include:
- 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 necessary, the buyer will also apply for a mortgage at this stage.
Once the searches are complete and both parties are ready to finalise the deal, they will then sign and exchange contracts. This is an important stage as the transaction is now legally binding and neither party can pull out without receiving a penalty.
Completion is when the transaction becomes official. A transfer deed is submitted, and the seller is required to leave the property.
How long does conveyancing take in Chatham?
The time it takes to reach completion, from the date conveyancers are instructed, can vary significantly depending on a number of different factors. If a transaction is straightforward and experiences very few complications, then it usually takes around 12-14 weeks to reach completion – but this is a best-case scenario.
The reality is that delays are sometimes unavoidable, whether it is because there is a problem further along the property chain or an issue is raised during a conveyancing search. If your transaction is likely to be delayed, your solicitor will be sure to let you know as soon as possible so you can properly assess your options.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Chatham?
Your conveyancer will carry out a number of searches when you are buying a home. These are done to make sure that there are no issues with the property that need to be addressed.
The three main types of conveyancing searches are:
- Local authority checks – to check the surrounding area for planning, pollution, highway 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
Depending on the type of property, as well as where it is situated, further checks might be necessary. If this is the case, your solicitor will let you know.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Chatham?
Our conveyancing team in Chatham will be able to guide you through the initial stages of your transaction. Once your file is opened, they can then work alongside you to advise you as your case progresses.
Whether you are moving to, from or across Chatham, our conveyancers will be able to lend their expertise.