Conveyancing Solicitors in Lincoln
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.
Why choose Bird & Co for your conveyancing in Lincoln?
- Specialist online conveyancing service – giving you fast and convenient online access to our professional solicitors, be that domestically or internationally.
- Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditation by the Law Society – showing our commitment to the very highest standards.
- A modern, simple and efficient service – making everything as straightforward and easy as possible.
- Secure online systems – maintaining the integrity of your money and information.
- Direct access to the solicitor handling your case – for the most direct and prompt response to any query.
- Competitive fees with a clear quote upfront – transparent conveyancing solicitors fees in Lincoln with a no-obligation quote online.
If you are unsure if online conveyancing is the right choice for you, we suggest taking a moment to discover the advantages of choosing online conveyancers in Lincoln.
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
Benefits of working with our online conveyancers instead of a local conveyancer in Lincoln
- National expertise with many years of experience handling a wide range of transactions – Our expertise often extends beyond that of local conveyancers, which allows us to handle a broad range of complicated transactions.
- Well-developed online systems for a smooth conveyancing experience – Cutting out many of the issues or delays that clients encounter with less experienced online conveyancers.
- A fast, cost-effective service – Continued improvement has led to better efficiency. We pass on cost savings on to our clients to offer greater value.
- Accessible expertise across the UK and worldwide – Our professional online service makes us a clear choice for clients around the world dealing with property matters in England and Wales.
- Safe, secure conveyancing at all times – We make use of the latest and most secure protocols to protect your money and information. We are fully insured in any event.
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 how much your work is likely to cost from the outset when you request a conveyancing quote. 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 fees for 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 (arranged by the buyer)
The buyer will also apply for a mortgage at this stage, if they need to do so.
Once the property checks have been completed and both parties are happy to proceed, the contracts will be signed and exchanged. Once the ink has dried, the transaction becomes legally binding.
Completion is where the transaction is deemed official. 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 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, highways 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.
Is it better to use a conveyancing solicitor in Lincoln or a conveyancer?
When considering whether to choose a licensed conveyancer or conveyancing solicitor in Lincoln, personal preference and financial resources play a role. However, it is important to acknowledge that there are distinct differences between the two choices.
Both conveyancers and conveyancing solicitors will have competence in guiding clients through property transactions. However, firms of solicitors will generally contain people qualified to handle a broader number of legal matters. This can be an advantage in situations in which a property transaction becomes complicated, or if a dispute arises.
What documents does a property solicitor in Lincoln need for conveyancing?
A number of documents are required in the residential conveyancing process. These depend on whether you are buying or selling.
If you are purchasing a property in Lincoln, the documents that will be needed may include:
- Identification (e.g. passport or driving licence)
- Proof of address
- Proof of funds (such as bank statements)
- The official offer of mortgage
If selling a property, documents may 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 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.