Conveyancing Solicitors in Colchester
If you have plans to move homes in Colchester, then you will want to be sure that you have got the right support in place to make your transaction a success.
At Bird & Co, our expert conveyancing solicitors can work alongside you to make sure that the conveyancing process is made as straightforward as possible, helping you to move ahead with confidence.
We offer all of our clients a tailored conveyancing service that is easily accessible, no matter what your individual circumstances are. We appreciate that there are plenty of potential hurdles that can end up disrupting a conveyancing transaction, so we will use our wealth of combined experience to carefully guide you through your case from start to finish.
We are able to offer a fast and efficient online conveyancing service. This means we can make the conveyancing process even more straightforward, as well as being able to support a wide pool of clients from across Colchester and the wider Essex area, including Lexden, Braiswick and Highwoods.
Get in touch with a member of our conveyancing team in Colchester by giving us a call, or get a quote online.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Colchester can help you
Our team of expert conveyancing solicitors in Colchester have a wide range of expertise, 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 also on the panel for most major lenders. This means that we can support your conveyancing transaction whether you are working with a national firm or a local building society.
Why choose Bird & Co’s conveyancing solicitors in Colchester?
At Bird & Co, we specialise in online conveyancing. This means that we can guide you through your transaction remotely and you won’t need to visit us at our physical offices.
We offer a reliable conveyancing service that is designed to make each step as simple and stress-free as possible. This will allow you to complete your transaction with minimal fuss.
You will always be able to contact our team when you have a query about your case, and you will be provided with a direct email address for the solicitor who is handling your case.
As a firm, we are accredited with the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This assures 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 demonstrates our commitment to delivering the highest levels of customer service and practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Colchester?
There are a number of benefits to working with our conveyancing solicitors in Colchester. These include:
- We have in-depth knowledge of the national property market, as well as a comprehensive understanding of the local Colchester market. This gives us an edge over other firms who only deal with local transactions.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind. We ensure that our clients are well protected when they use our online conveyancing service. We do this by carrying out secure procedures such as encrypting emails, configuring our devices and putting malware protection in place.
- We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently. When you work with our online conveyancers, there are far fewer delays to contend with, as everything can be completed remotely.
- Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective. Traditional conveyancing work tends to incur additional costs. These aren’t present when you work with our online conveyancers.
- We have dealt with property transactions around the country, even for clients who are on the other side of the world. We regularly use video conferencing to talk to our clients, including if they are currently outside the UK.
- Our legal obligations to you remain the same as if we were meeting in person as there are no differences to the general conveyancing process. We are fully insured just in case.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Colchester?
We are able to offer fixed fees for straightforward conveyancing work. This means that you will have a clear idea how much your conveyancing will cost from the outset, helping to avoid any unexpected surprises further down the road. If additional fees are required to complete your transaction, you will be informed by your solicitor.
Other costs associated with the conveyancing process are called disbursements. Disbursements can range from conveyancing searches, to registering a transaction at HM Land Registry.
You may also need to consider how your transaction will be affected by tax such as 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 Colchester?
There are three stages to the conveyancing process that you should be aware of. These are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When the buyer and seller agree on an offer for a home, they will agree to enter into a contract. Until the contract is signed and exchanged, the transaction is not legally binding and either party can choose to pull out.
The buyer will then carry out a number of checks with the help of their conveyancer. Checks could 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)
The buyer will also apply for a mortgage at this stage (if applicable).
Once the property checks have been completed and both parties are happy to proceed, contracts will be signed and exchanged. This is the point at which the transaction becomes legally binding. If anyone pulls out, they will likely receive a penalty, unless they are able to provide a reasonable excuse.
Completion is where the transaction becomes official. A transfer deed is submitted to HM Land Registry and the seller will be required to leave the property.
How long does conveyancing take in Colchester?
Every conveyancing transaction is different, and the time it takes to reach completion will depend on a number of different factors. That being said, if everything goes ahead smoothly, you can expect a typical transaction to take around 12-14 weeks.
Delays can often occur further along the property chain, which means that it is not always possible to be in full control when it comes to completing a transaction. If it looks as though it will take longer than expected to reach completion, your conveyancer will keep you informed and run you through your options.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Colchester?
If you are buying a property in Colchester, your conveyancer will need to carry out various checks.
The three main types of conveyancing checks 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
Further checks may be required, depending on the type of property in question and where it is located. If this is the case, your solicitor will keep you informed.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Colchester?
Our Colchester conveyancing team will be able to run through the initial stages of your conveyancing transaction and, once your file is opened, your conveyancer will take care of all of the legal details related to your transaction.
Whether you are moving to, from, or across Colchester, our conveyancing solicitors will be able to lend their expertise.
Get in touch with our conveyancing solicitors in Colchester
Online Conveyancing in Colchester
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Colchester, Lexden, Highwoods and all sorts of other places, having first found us via our website.
After that, the relationship between you and your conveyancer is the same as any other. We have the same professional obligations towards you, and deal with your conveyancing file in the same way.
It might feel like online conveyancing because you can talk to us through email on your computer, but really it is proper conveyancing.
Search Fees in Colchester
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Colchesterand all over the country, knowing that we will get a product we're happy with and which we know is properly insured and protects your interests.
What is the process to instruct us for your conveyancing?
First, fill in our conveyancing quote form for conveyancing in Colchester. You can find the links at the top of this page.
Our helpful conveyancing support team will then guide you through the initial stages, and once your conveyancing file is opened your Colchester conveyancing solicitor and their small team will deal with the legal side of the conveyancing transaction. You'll be given direct contact details for your conveyancing lawyers and they'll keep in touch with you every step of the way.
Whether you're moving to Colchester or away from Colchester to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Colchester
Our fees are transparent and, so long as the situation does not change (for example so long as your property doesn't turn out to be leasehold when we thought it was freehold) the fee we quote is the fee you will be charged.
We don't add extras on for things like photocopying, postage, or the like. Those are our overheads and we don't pass them on to you.
All our conveyancing fees are dependent on the nature and value of the transaction, so we naturally charge a bit more for more complicated and high value work. However, the fee charged will be the same for a customer in Newcastle as it would be for someone in London, or indeed in Colchester.
There are some aspects of our conveyancing fees which we can't change. Fees charged by other bodies such as HM Land Registry, or by HMRC for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) are out of our control.
Introduction to Colchester
Colchester is a historic market town in the borough of Colchester in Essex, in the Southeast of England, and is situated on the River Colne which runs through the town. According to the 2011 census, it had a population of 121,859, which was a huge increase since the 2001 census, and, because of this, it is often referred to as one of Britain's fastest growing towns. It was once the Roman capital of Britain when the Romans invaded in AD 43, and is subsequently referred commonly to as Britain's oldest recorded town, being a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network. Bodicea burnt the town down in AD 60, after which a defensive wall two-mile was built around the town with 30ft high and 10ft thick walls to prevent any further attacks. Later Colchester became an important weaving centre during the Middle Ages and attracted immigrant Flemish weavers to the area who settled in what is now known as the Dutch Quarter where the original tall houses and steep, narrow streets can still be seen.
Colchester is a significantly popular commuting town. It is within 50 miles of London and it is linked to both Ipswich, which is 17 miles North on the A12, and to London in the South East via the A12. The train offers the most feasible commuting connection to London, with a very frequent service to London Liverpool Street, which takes around one hour on the Great Eastern Main Line. There are also train services to Norwich, Stowmarket, Chelmsford and Stratford. It is within 30 miles of Stanstead Airport and the ferry port of Harwich.
The A12 is the principle road just North of the town that connects Colchester to Chelmsford (23 miles South East) and Ipswich (17 Miles North West). From Ipswich there are natural road connections to Bury St Edmunds (30 miles from Chelmsford) and Norwich (60 miles from Chelmsford). To the South West of Chelmsford, the town is only 10 miles from the coast, with the most popular destinations being Clacton-on-Sea via the A133, or Harwich on the A120. If driving to Colchester, there is a Colchester Park & Ride located off Junction 28 of the A12 that enables visitors to take advantage of an easy free ride into the town centre.
There are many reasons as to visit Colchester which include the town’s great history, its Roman ruins, museums or great Medieval buildings, to its vibrant arts scene, theatres and galleries or its fantastic wild open spaces and wildlife havens. Colchester Castle, in the Victorian Colchester Castle Park at the end of the High Street, is a large Norman keep that is the largest and oldest still standing in England. It is twice the size of the Tower of London and is built over the top of the ancient foundations of a Roman temple, dedicated to Claudius. The Castle Museum, located within Colchester Castle, hosts an exhibition displaying the history of Roman Colchester as well as exhibits relating to the town from pre-history to the Civil War. Other Roman remains include a Roman theatre which can be found in the Dutch Quarter of the town. On top of this, there are many museums located around the town including Holytrees Museum which is an elegant Georgian townhouse, built in 1719, now housing social history displays including period clothing, historic decorative arts and old clocks. Other notable historic places in the area include Layer Marney Tower which is a remarkable Tudor gatehouse being the tallest in Britain and Tymerleys, a half-timbered 15th Century mansion with a formal Tudor garden. Beth Chatto Garden, in Elmstead Market, is also worthy of a visit to see the renowned garden designer’s themed gardens in woodland and water settings. Other notable gardens for enthusiasts to visit in Colchester include Green Island Gardens and Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum.
Also, in the town, there is the Headgate Theatre and the Mercury Theatre, which is one of the leading repertory theatres, and next door is the Colchester Arts Centre, which hosts events such as the Colchester Beer Festival. Visitors may also attend Colchester Zoo, one of the largest Zoos in the UK, covering 60 acres. The zoo received over one million visitors in 2016.
South West of Colchester is Hamford Water, a site of special scientific interest with over 2,000 hectares of nature reserve located at Walton-on-the-Naze. The site is internationally recognised as an important wetland for birds and, as well as the nature reserve, the town of Walton is well known for its pier, being the second longest in the country, the yacht club and the iconic tower at The Naze. The Naze Tower, also known as The Hanoverian Tower, once constructed to aid the navigation of ships, is now open to the public as a gallery, museum, and tea rooms. The tower is ascended by at 26-metre-high spiral staircase and offers 360-degree panoramic views over the countryside and the coast.
Colchester United Football Club is the professional football club in the town, and currently play in the Football League Two. Their home ground is the Colchester Community Stadium, which has a capacity of just over 10,000. The local derby matches against Southend and Wycombe Wanderers attract the most interest and less common matches against East Anglia’s biggest team Ipswich and Norwich draw huge crowds. The club used to play their football at Layer Road between 1910 to 2008 but then moved to The Community Stadium which is owned by Colchester Borough Council, the stadium is located at Junction 28 of the A12, on United Way. The Stadium is very close to Colchester Rugby Club situated on the opposite side of Via Urbis Romanae, the club play in the London North 1 League.
Other leisure and sporting opportunities in the area include many golf courses such as Colchester Golf Club, Playgolf Colchester, Birch Grove Golf Club and the Links and the Lakes at Five Lakes, one of the best golfing resorts in Essex. The Colchester Castle Parkrun also hold fun, free 5K runs within the Castle Park. There is also Cymbeline Meadows, on The Chase Way, which is a local nature reserve giving walking access to a rich variety of wildlife habitats within fields, pastures, meadows and woodlands along the River Colne. High Woods Country Park, which was once a Royal hunting forest, provides marked walking trails, whilst Salary Brook Local Nature Reserve (owned and managed by Colchester Borough Council), RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden and Abberton Reservoir are great spots for wildlife and bird watching. Colchester’s nearest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is just five miles to the north of the town, in Dedham Vale, which lies on the Essex-Suffolk border. The area is known as ‘Constable Country’ since it was made famous by the paintings of artist John Constable. His famous 1802 painting of Dedham Vale hangs in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
There are twenty-five secondary schools in Colchester which include, Colchester High School on Wellesley Road, Colchester Academy on Hawthorn Avenue, Colchester Royal Grammar School or CRGS which has a long history dating back to the sixteenth century, Colchester County High School for Girls, and Colchester High School, a private co-ed school for ages 2½ to 16. Colchester Institute, which is the largest vocational college and includes the UCC or University Centre Colchester, offers higher education and post graduate courses. The University of Essex, also, has a campus in Colchester and with over 13,000 students, Colchester Campus, near Wivenhoe Park, is the largest of the University’s three sites. Adult Community Learning Essex or ACL Essex is an adult education centre offering a range or courses for adults whilst The Sixth Form College Colchester, in North Hill, offers its 3,200 students a choice of further education courses.
Colchester was home to some illustrious figures from history including William Gilbert, a pioneer who coined the term electricity and discovered the earth’s electromagnetism, aswell as Daniel Defoe (author), and John Constable (artist) who was born in East Bergholt just north of Colchester. Colchester has also been home to Dermot O’Leary (TV Presenter of X Factor and Comic Relief) who was born in Colchester and also Damon Albarn (lead singer of Blur) who went to The Stanway School on Winstree Road.