Our expert conveyancing solicitors will get you moving with the minimum of hassle.
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a home in Lincoln, our expert team of conveyancers are on hand to make sure that your transaction is a success.
No matter what sort of transaction you are looking to carry out, you will be well aware that it is a huge financial commitment and, as a result, there are a number of substantial risks which need to be carefully managed.
At Bird & Co, we provide a reliable, efficient conveyancing service that makes the entire process as straightforward as possible for our clients. We have a wide range of combined expertise and regularly support our clients on a variety of conveyancing matters.
One of our three physical offices is centrally located within Lincoln, which means we are perfectly placed to support clients in and around Lincolnshire, including Burton Waters, Nettleham and North Hykeham. If you are not in a position to visit our office in Lincoln, you can also use our online conveyancing service.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Lincoln can help you
Our expert conveyancers in Lincoln can advise on a wide range of 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 many lenders which means we can support your transaction if you are using a national firm or a local building society in Lincoln.
Why Choose Bird & Co’s Conveyancing Solicitors in Lincoln?
Our conveyancing service is simple and straightforward, which means many of the potential complications that often crop up can be avoided altogether.
Our conveyancing solicitors in Lincoln are able to carry out online conveyancing work. So, if you are not able to visit our office in Lincoln, or you would simply prefer to complete a transaction from the comfort of your home, you will still be able to access our services.
When you work with us, you will have the benefit of a direct line of correspondence with the team handling your case, as well as a direct email address for the solicitor you are working with.
Our conveyancing solicitors in Lincoln have a detailed understanding of the national property market, as well as the local Lincolnshire market. This gives us a vital edge over other firms which only deal with local transactions.
We have previously dealt with transactions around the country and we frequently use video conferencing to speak to clients outside of the UK.
You can choose to work with our Lincoln conveyancers in person, or through our online conveyancing service. The service you receive and our legal obligations to you will remain the same. We are also fully insured, just in case.
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. Lexcel is only awarded to firms which regularly demonstrate the highest levels of customer service and practice management.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Lincoln?
We can provide fixed fees for straightforward conveyancing work, which means you will have a clear understanding your work is likely to cost from the outset. In situations where additional fees are required to complete your transaction, your conveyancing solicitor will run you through your options in detail.
Additional costs associated with the conveyancing process are referred to as disbursements. Examples of disbursements include conveyancing searches or registering a transaction at HM Land Registry.
Your transaction may also be affected by tax, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax. Your conveyancer will work with you to help clarify whether this is the case, calculate exactly how much is owed and file the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Lincoln?
There are three main stages to the conveyancing process that you need to understand when it comes to buying and selling a property. They are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When an offer is initially accepted, the buyer and seller will agree to enter into a contract. It should be stressed that nothing is legally binding at this stage and either party can still pull out without facing a financial penalty.
Following this, the prospective buyer will carry out various checks on the property, with the assistance of their conveyancer. These checks are done to make sure that there are no issues with the property which have not been previously reported. 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)
The buyer will also apply for a mortgage at this stage, if necessary.
Once the searches have been completed and both parties are happy to proceed, contracts will be officially signed and exchanged. The transaction will now be legally binding and neither party will be able to pull out of the transaction without receiving a financial penalty.
Completion is when the transaction is considered official. A transfer deed will be submitted to HM Land Registry and the seller is required to leave the property.
How long does conveyancing take in Lincoln?
Every conveyancing transaction is unique, which means it can be difficult to precisely predict how long it will take to reach completion. Under normal circumstances, and where there are no unexpected delays, a typical transaction tends to take around 12-14 weeks to reach completion, but this is an ideal scenario.
If delays appear likely, such as if there are issues further along the property chain, your conveyancer will inform you in good time so that you can discuss your potential options in detail.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Lincoln?
When you buy a property in Lincoln or the wider Lincolnshire area, your conveyancer will work with you to conduct various searches. These are done to ensure that there are no problems with the property which have not been reported and will 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, your solicitor will let you know. This will usually depend on the type of property in question and where it is situated.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Lincoln?
Our Lincoln 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 Lincoln, our conveyancing solicitors will be able to lend their expertise.
Get in touch with our conveyancing solicitors in Lincoln
Used Bird & Co Conveyancing to be my legal team for the purchase of my new home. Victoria W and her team were fantastic throughout, always kept me in the know which was reassuring.Nathan P
Bird & Co have always been extremely efficient and unlike other conveyancing firms are very proactive. Seb & Donna always respond same day and they represent excellent value for money - they come highly recommended.Jake Margiotta