Conveyancing Solicitors in Grays
If you are planning on buying, selling or remortgaging a home, our expert conveyancing solicitors in Grays are on hand to lend their expertise and ensure that your transaction is a success.
Completing a property transaction is a pivotal moment in anyone’s life, which is why it is so important to make sure that all the right steps are carefully followed to ensure that everything goes ahead without any complications. That includes instructing an experienced team of conveyancing solicitors who can guide you through the entire process.
At Bird & Co, we offer reliable residential conveyancing in Grays that is catered to individuals and families alike. Our team provide tailored advice and guidance that is carefully designed to help you complete your transaction with minimal fuss.
We also offer a convenient online conveyancing service which means that we can support a wide pool of clients in and around Grays and the wider Essex area, including Brentwood, Tilbury and Orsett.
Get in touch with a member of our conveyancing team in Grays by giving us a call, or get a quote online.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Grays can help you
Our conveyancing solicitors in Grays have expertise in a wide range of conveyancing matters. As such, we can support you efficiently and effectively with 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 lenders, so we can support your transaction whether you are working with a national firm or a local building society near Grays. We will be happy to advise on whether we can work with your lender during your initial consultation with our team.
Why choose Bird & Co’s conveyancing solicitors in Grays?
At Bird & Co, we provide a dedicated online conveyancing service, which means that we are able to offer all of our services remotely. There’s no need for you to visit us at our physical offices, unless you feel as though it would be beneficial for you.
A key benefit for clients is that this means we can work with you in a way that matches your schedule, with no need to take time off work or travel to our offices to deal with your transaction. We are committed to providing a straightforward, friendly conveyancing service that helps to make the entire process simple and easy to follow.
When you choose to work with us, you will have the benefit of having direct correspondence with our team, including a direct email address for the solicitor who is handling your case. This means you will always be able to speak to someone who knows you and your case if you need an update or have a question.
You can be assured that our expertise has been independently recognised. We hold accreditation from the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This means 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. Lexcel accreditation is awarded to firms which demonstrate the highest levels of customer service and practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Grays?
There are a number of benefits to instructing our online conveyancers:
- Our property lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the national property market, as well as the local Grays market. This gives us an edge over other firms that exclusively deal with local transactions.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind. We have a number of strict procedures in place that are designed to protect our clients during online conveyancing work. These include encrypting emails and putting malware protection in place.
- We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently. Some of the delays which often come hand in hand with traditional conveyancing can be avoided when work is completed remotely.
- Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective. There are additional costs associated with traditional conveyancing work which can be avoided.
- We have dealt with property transactions around the country, even for clients who are on the other side of the world. We also frequently use video conferencing to talk to our clients, no matter where they might be currently located.
- Our legal obligations to you remain the same as if we were meeting in person. There are no differences to the overall conveyancing process, and we are fully insured just in case.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Grays?
Our conveyancing solicitors in Grays are able to offer a range of flexible fees for our conveyancing work, including fixed fees for straightforward transactions. In some instances, it may be necessary to include additional fees further down the line, but this will be explained to you by your solicitor well in advance.
Additional costs associated with the conveyancing process are known as disbursements. Examples of disbursements include conveyancing searches and registering a transaction at HM Land Registry.
Your conveyancing transaction may also be affected by tax, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax. Your conveyancer will help you calculate how much is owed and file the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Grays?
There are three main stages to conveyancing in Grays that you should be aware of. These are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When an offer is accepted on a property, the buyer and seller will agree to enter into a contract with one another. Until this contract has been signed and exchanged, the transaction is not considered to be legally binding and either party can choose to pull out without receiving a penalty.
The buyer will then have the opportunity to carry out a number of checks with the assistance of their conveyancer, known as conveyancing searches. Examples may 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 (arranged by the buyer)
The buyer will also apply for a mortgage at this stage (if needed).
Once the conveyancing searches have been completed and both parties are ready to proceed, the contracts will be formally signed and exchanged. From this point on, the transaction is legally binding and neither party can turn back.
Completion is where the transaction becomes official. Here, a transfer deed will be submitted to HM Land Registry and the seller will be required to leave the property.
How long does conveyancing take in Grays?
If everything goes ahead without any unexpected complications, you can expect a straightforward conveyancing transaction to take around 12-14 weeks to reach completion from the date an offer is accepted and conveyancers are instructed.
However, this is a best-case scenario and delays may occur at one point or another (such as if there is an issue further along the property chain). If delays are likely in your case, your property solicitor in Grays will be sure to keep you in the loop at all times.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Grays?
If you are buying a home, your conveyancer will carry out a number of different checks to make sure that there are no issues which 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
Further checks might be necessary, but this will depend on the type of property and where it is situated. If this is the case, your conveyancer will be sure to let you know.
Is it better to use a conveyancing solicitor in Grays or a conveyancer?
The choice whether to use a licensed conveyancer or a conveyancing solicitor in Grays very much comes down to personal preference and budget. Both are different forms of qualification that property lawyers can have and are equally valid.
An important benefit of working with a firm of solicitors is that they will generally have expertise beyond property transactions. This means they will likely be able to support you with matters such as making and updating Wills, property rights for cohabiting couples and property disputes.
What documents does a property solicitor in Grays need for conveyancing?
As part of a conveyancing transaction, your property solicitor in Grays will require various documents to establish key details, such as your identity and the source of your funds (if you are a buyer) or key details about the property (if you are the seller).
When buying a property, you will typically need:
- Identification (e.g. a passport or driving licence)
- Proof of address
- Proof of funds (such as bank statements)
- The official offer of a mortgage (if applicable)
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 Grays?
Our Grays conveyancing team will be able to run through the initial stages of your transaction and, once your file is opened, your individual conveyancer will take care of all of the legal details related to your transaction.
Whether you are moving to, from, or across Grays, our conveyancing solicitors will be able to lend their expertise.