Conveyancing Solicitors in Norwich
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a home in Norwich, you will need the advice and guidance of experienced conveyancing solicitors to make sure that everything goes off without a hitch.
You will no doubt be full of excitement if you are carrying out a property transaction, but there are a number of potential risks to be aware of during residential conveyancing in Norwich. Our conveyancing team are able to use their wealth of combined expertise to mitigate those risks and carefully guide you through your case.
At Bird & Co, we provide our clients with a straightforward and reliable conveyancing service, which is easily accessible. Our property solicitors in Norwich will take you through the entire process from start to finish and will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.
We also offer a fast and efficient online conveyancing service. This means that we are able to reach a wide pool of clients across Norwich and the wider Norfolk area, including Trowse Newton, Upper Hellesdon and Lakenham.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Norwich can help you
Our expert conveyancing team in Norwich have expertise in a wide range of 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, which means that we will be able support you, regardless of whether you have chosen to use a national firm or a local building society.
Why choose Bird & Co’s conveyancing solicitors in Norwich?
We offer a specialist online conveyancing service. This means that we can support you no matter where you are in the country, and there will be no need for you to meet us at our physical offices – unless you feel as though you need to.
The conveyancing service we provide is modern and friendly. We aim to make the conveyancing process as simple and straightforward as possible.
When you work with our conveyancing team, you will always have direct correspondence, as well as a direct email address for the solicitor who is working on your case. If you have any questions, you will always be able to receive a quick answer.
We are accredited by 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. This demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest levels of customer service and practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Norwich?
There are a number of reasons why you should instruct our online conveyancers. These include:
- Our property lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the national property market, as well as the local Norwich market. This gives us an edge over other firms which only deal with local transactions.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind. We understand the importance of keeping the legal documents involved in online conveyancing secure. We protect our clients by encrypting emails, securing our devices and putting malware protection in place.
- We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently. As the entire conveyancing process can be carried out remotely, there are fewer potential delays to worry about.
- Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective. There are a number of additional costs associated with traditional conveyancing. These can be avoided when work is completed digitally.
- We have dealt with property transactions around the country, even for clients who are on the other side of the world. We frequently use video conferencing to remain in touch with clients.
- 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 Norwich?
We offer a range of flexible fees for our conveyancing services in Norwich. This includes fixed fees for straightforward work, giving you a clear indication as to how much you will need to pay from the outset. If additional fees are required to complete your transaction, your solicitor will let you know.
Other costs that are associated with the conveyancing process are called disbursements. Disbursements that you will likely encounter include registering a property with HM Land Registry and conveyancing searches.
Your property transaction may also be affected by tax, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax. If this is the case, your solicitor will help you to calculate how much is owed and file the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Norwich?
There are three main stages to the conveyancing process. These are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When an offer is accepted, the buyer and seller will agree to enter into a contract. Until the contract is signed and exchanged by both parties, nothing is legally binding.
The buyer will carry out various checks on the property with their solicitor. The sort of checks that might be carried out 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 property checks have been completed, and both parties are happy to proceed, they will sign and exchange contracts. The transaction will then be legally binding, and neither party will be able to pull out without receiving a financial penalty.
Completion is when the transaction becomes official. A transfer deed will be submitted to HM Land Registry, and the seller will need to leave the property.
How long does conveyancing take in Norwich?
Every conveyancing transaction comes with its own unique challenges, which means it is not always possible to say exactly how long it will take to reach completion. However, under normal circumstances, straightforward conveyancing work tends to take around 12-14 weeks from the date an offer is accepted, and solicitors are instructed.
Sometimes, delays are unavoidable. If your conveyancing transaction is likely to take longer to complete, your solicitor will keep you informed.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Norwich?
If you are buying a property in Norwich, 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, 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
If further checks are required, then your solicitor will let you know.
Is it better to use a conveyancing solicitor in Norwich or a conveyancer?
The decision to use a conveyancing solicitor in Norwich or a conveyancer often depends on budget and the circumstances of your transaction, but prior to making the decision to use a conveyancing solicitor or conveyancer, should be weighed up against the differences between the two.
Both conveyancing solicitors and conveyancers are qualified to instruct clients through their property transactions, but the difference between the two is that conveyancing solicitors are qualified to assist with other legal matters, unlike conveyancers. This can often be beneficial where a property transaction is more complex, or there is a dispute during the process.
What documents does a property solicitor in Norwich need for conveyancing?
During conveyancing in Norwich, your conveyancing solicitor will require a number of documents, but these depend on the type of transaction.
Your Norwich conveyancing solicitors will require the following documents when purchasing a property:
- Identification documentation, including passport or driving license and proof of address
- Proof of funds, such as bank statements
- The official offer of mortgage
Your conveyancing solicitors in Norwich will require the following documents when selling a property:
- 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 Norwich?
Our Norwich 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 within Norwich, our property solicitors in Norwich will be able to lend their expertise.