Conveyancing Solicitors in Exeter
If you are buying a detached house in Exeter, selling a terraced house in Nadderwater, downsizing to a bungalow in Alphington, or buying to let in St Thomas, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Whether you are buying your first home or your seventh, the conveyancing process can be exciting, but there are many aspects to take into consideration, including the risks. Our solicitors can help you sidestep the risks allowing for a smooth sailing transaction.
Our service at Bird & Co is straightforward, reliable and accessible. Our team will guide you through the entire transaction process and be available to answer any questions.
Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly online conveyancing service to clients in Exeter, throughout Devon and all over England, Wales and beyond.
How our Exeter conveyancing solicitors can help you
Our proficient conveyancing solicitors in Exeter can provide expert assistance in 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 lenders and many smaller ones too. Whether you want to use your local Building Society in Devon or one of the larger corporates, it’s likely that we’ll have you covered.
Why choose Bird & Co’s conveyancing solicitors in Exeter?
As well as being modern and friendly, our specialist online conveyancing service at Bird & Co allows our clients to reach us no matter where they are located.
You will also have a direct line straight through to our legal team, as well as direct email addresses for the people handling your conveyancing. So, whether you want to ask about search fees, drainage and water fees or anything else related to your property deal, you’ll always be able to contact the correct people.
We are proud to be accredited by the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This ensures that we will always:
- 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 are Lexcel accredited by the Law Society, which recognises our outstanding customer service and practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Exeter?
There are a multitude of reasons why we recommend instructing our online conveyancers, including:
- In addition to the knowledge we have of the local Exeter property market, we also have an in-depth knowledge of the national property market.
- Protecting our client’s legal services is crucial to us, and this is why our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind. We do this through email encryption, securing devices and malware protection.
- Online conveyancing requires fewer steps meaning we can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently.
- The traditional conveyancing route often requires additional resources meaning that online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective.
- We have successfully dealt with thousands of conveyancing transactions all over the country, even with clients from the other side of the world.
- You will get the same quality of service whether you follow the online or traditional conveyancing route with our property solicitors in Exeter, and for your security, we are fully insured.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Exeter?
At Bird & Co, we offer a variety of funding for residential conveyancing in Exeter. All our conveyancing fees are dependent on the nature and value of the transaction. For example, with straightforward matters, we provide our services on a fixed fee basis. Our fees are transparent, and so long as the situation does not change, the fee we quote is the fee you will be charged.
During the conveyancing process, you will encounter other fees, known as disbursements. These include fees for work such as registering the property with HM Land Registry and conveyancing searches.
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 and will almost certainly be the same whichever conveyancing company you use. If they apply to your case, our solicitors will assist with calculating and filing returns.
How does the conveyancing process work in Exeter?
During residential conveyancing, there are three main stages to the process, these include:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
Once an offer has been accepted, the involved parties verbally agree to enter into a contract when the time comes. The transaction is not yet legally binding, and either party can retract from the transaction.
The buyer and their solicitor will be responsible for conducting property checks. These 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)
A mortgage (if needed) can be applied for by the buyer at this stage.
Once all checks have been completed, the next stage is for the involved parties to sign and exchange the contracts, which makes the transaction legally binding.
Once the transaction is official, this is called completion. The buyer will need to submit a transfer deed to HM Land Registry, and the buyer can move into their new property.
How long does conveyancing take in Exeter?
Giving an exact timeframe on how long the conveyancing process takes isn’t always possible. However, the average completion of a transaction is between 12 and 14 weeks.
It isn’t always possible to avoid delays, and if your transaction is impacted, our team will keep you in the loop.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Exeter?
To ensure there are no problems with your property in Exeter, your conveyancer will conduct searches on the property and surrounding land.
There are three main types of conveyancing searches, including:
- 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
Depending on the property and where it is situated, further checks may be necessary. Our solicitors will keep you informed if this is necessary.
Is it better to use a conveyancing solicitor in Exeter or a conveyancer?
Whether you use a conveyancing solicitor or conveyancer in Exeter entirely depends on your circumstances and budget. There are, however, some key differences between the two.
Both conveyancers and conveyancing solicitors have the qualifications to deal with property transactions, but a conveyancing solicitor is also qualified to handle other legal matters, which can be beneficial during complex property transactions.
What documents does a property solicitor in Exeter need for conveyancing?
Your property solicitor Exeter will need several documents during property transactions, but exactly which depends on whether you are buying or selling.
The documents required when buying a property include:
- Identification documentation, including passport or driving license and 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 in Exeter?
Our helpful conveyancing support team will then guide you through the initial stages, and once your conveyancing file is opened, your Exeter 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 or away from Exeter, our conveyancing team can help you do so whilst minimising all fuss and inconvenience.