If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Truro, we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Truro, throughout the South West and all over the rest of the UK.
If you are buying a detached house in Truro, selling a terraced house in Newquay, downsizing to a bungalow in Falmouth, or buying to let in the Scilly Isles, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why choose Bird & Co for your conveyancing in Truro?
We offer a friendly, modern and efficient service. If you want to deal with proper lawyers who are friendly and approachable, our team can help you.
You will have a direct line straight through to your legal team, including direct email addresses. You can guarantee that your query will reach the right people, whether you want to ask about search fees, drainage and water fees or anything else to do with buying and selling property in Truro.
We're a Conveyancing Quality Scheme accredited firm providing conveyancing to clients in Truro. This provides a guarantee that our processes and procedures meet the highest standards and is a mark of the excellence of our service. The Conveyancing Quality Scheme is administered by the Law Society, the body that represents solicitors throughout England and Wales.
Bird & Co is on the panel for most major lenders, and many smaller ones too. Whether you want to use your local Building Society in Truro or one of the larger corporates, chances are we have you covered.
In short, you get an excellent conveyancing service at an affordable price. You don't have the risk of going to the cheapest providers, most of whom aren't solicitors; instead, you get a great service from expert conveyancing lawyers.
How our conveyancing solicitors can help people in Truro
Our conveyancing team for Truro have expertise in a wide range of property transactions, 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
Benefits of working with our online conveyancers instead of a local conveyancer in Truro
In the past, most people used their local solicitor for their conveyancing. You would visit their nearest office and all documents would be hand-produced and posted or delivered by hand.
That service came at a price, however, and the truth is that it is no longer needed. With modern technology such as scanning, emailing and even Skype or Facetime video calls there is no need to use your local solicitor. Your conveyancer can be based anywhere and still provide a great service - even if he or she is in an office many miles away in a different part of Truro or elsewhere in the UK.
Bird & Co’s expert conveyancing solicitors have successfully dealt with thousands of conveyancing transactions all over the country, even with clients from the other side of the world. It is not unknown for us to talk to clients outside the UK using Skype – we even once had clients in Thailand talking to us through an interpreter in New Zealand.
There will be no need for you to visit our offices or hand deliver documents. In fact, you need never leave your home. Our conveyancers will talk you through the process via phone and email, and everything works just as smoothly as it would if we were just down the road.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost for Truro property?
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 or postage. 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 Truro.
There are some aspects of our conveyancing fees that 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.
How does the conveyancing process work in Truro?
There are a number of stages to the conveyancing process in Truro, including:
- Choose a conveyancer: Find a qualified conveyancer or solicitor to handle the legal aspects of the property transaction.
- Offer acceptance: Once your offer is accepted, the buying and selling parties agree on the terms of the sale.
- Preliminary checks: Conveyancer conducts property searches and examines title deeds to identify any potential issues.
- Draft contract: Seller's solicitor prepares a draft contract outlining terms and conditions of the sale.
- Enquiries and negotiations: Buyer's conveyancer raises queries about the property, and negotiations may occur between parties.
- Mortgage and survey: If applicable, buyer arranges a mortgage and a survey to assess the property's condition.
- Exchange contracts: Both parties sign the final contract and agree on a completion date.
- Completion: Buyer transfers funds to seller's solicitor, and ownership of the property is legally transferred.
- Registration: Buyer's solicitor registers the property transfer with the Land Registry, finalizing the process.
How long does conveyancing take in Truro?
The duration of the conveyancing process in Truro, England, varies depending on factors such as property complexity, chain of transactions, search results, mortgage approval, negotiations, and unforeseen events. On average, it typically takes around 8 to 12 weeks. Transactions involving multiple properties or intricate legal and property issues may extend this timeframe. Property searches from local authorities, mortgage approval processes, and negotiations can influence the overall duration. It's important to work closely with a conveyancer or solicitor to get a more accurate estimate based on the specifics of your transaction.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Truro?
If you are buying a property in Truro, your conveyancer will need to carry out a number of checks to ensure there are no issues 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
If further checks are required, then your solicitor will let you know.
Is it better to use a conveyancing solicitor in Truro or a conveyancer?
The difference between a conveyancing solicitor and a licensed conveyancer might not be immediately obvious to the average property buyer or seller.
Both are qualified to handle property transactions and neither is inherently superior to the other. However, there are potential benefits to choosing a solicitor's firm.
Unlike licensed conveyancers, solicitors' firms often possess a broader range of expertise beyond property transactions.
This includes areas such as drafting wills, managing inheritance matters, addressing property rights for unmarried couples, and facilitating dispute resolution.
Opting for solicitors offers the advantage of having access to a broad range of expertise, that can be useful when buying or selling a property.
What issues should buyers consider when purchasing a home in Truro?
When buying property in Truro, England, there are several common local property issues that prospective buyers might encounter. These issues can arise due to Truro's unique geography, history, and local regulations. Here are some specific reference points to consider:
- Flood Risk: Parts of Truro are susceptible to flooding due to its coastal location and rivers. Buyers should assess the flood risk for the specific property they're interested in and consider obtaining flood risk reports.
- Mining History: Truro has a rich mining history, and some properties might be situated near abandoned mine workings. Subsidence or ground instability can be a concern, and buyers should commission mining reports to identify any potential risks.
- Tin Mining Rights: In certain areas, properties might come with rights related to tin mining. These rights could affect land use and future development plans, so buyers need to be aware of such arrangements.
- Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas: Truro boasts many historic buildings and conservation areas. Properties in these areas might have restrictions on alterations or renovations to preserve the historical character. Buyers should be aware of any listed status or conservation area designations.
- Holiday Homes and Second Homes: Truro's popularity as a tourist destination has led to a significant number of holiday homes and second homes. Local regulations might impact the use of properties for short-term rentals or as non-primary residences.
- Access and Roads: Some properties in Truro may have limited or difficult access, especially in rural or coastal locations. Buyers should ensure that access rights and road maintenance responsibilities are clearly defined.
- Radon Gas: Certain parts of Truro have higher levels of radon gas, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can pose health risks. Radon gas tests are recommended to assess indoor air quality.
- Japanese Knotweed: This invasive plant species can cause damage to property foundations and structures. Buyers should check for the presence of Japanese Knotweed or other invasive species on the property.
- Holiday Park Ownership: Truro has numerous holiday parks, and some properties might be situated within these parks. Buyers should understand the terms of park ownership, associated fees, and any restrictions.
- Infrastructure and Services: In rural parts of Truro, access to utilities and services like water supply, sewage systems, and reliable broadband might be different from urban areas. Buyers should confirm the availability and quality of these services.
- Local Development Plans: Truro's local development plans might impact the future development of nearby areas, affecting the property's value and surroundings. Buyers should research local planning policies and potential developments.
What documents does a property solicitor need for conveyancing in Truro?
Residential conveyancing requires a number of documentations during the process, but this often depends on whether you are buying or selling a property.
During the process of purchasing a property in Truro, the documents you will be required to provide include:
- Identification (e.g. passport or driving licence)
- Proof of address
- Proof of funds (such as bank statements)
- The official offer of mortgage
The documents required when selling a property include:
- Proof of ownership
- Seller’s Property Information Form
- Certificates, guarantees and planning permission documentation
- Fitting and contents form
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
- Leasehold or freehold information
- Details of the mortgage
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors for Truro?
Our helpful conveyancing support team will then guide you through the initial stages. Once your conveyancing file is opened, your Truro 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 Truro or away from Truro, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.