Conveyancing Solicitors in Burford
If you are moving to or from Burford, our conveyancing solicitors are on hand to ensure that everything goes ahead as smoothly as possible.
Buying, selling, or completing any other type of residential property transaction is an exciting prospect, but there is no guarantee that things will always be straightforward. That is where having the support and guidance of a specialist conveyancing solicitor can prove invaluable.
At Bird & Co, our conveyancing service is reliable and efficient, helping individuals and families to navigate even the most complicated residential property matters. No matter what your individual circumstances may be, our team will provide simple, straightforward advice that will guide you through the entire conveyancing process from start to finish.
Our service includes a fast and efficient online conveyancing service. This means that we are able to reach a wide pool of clients in Burford and the surrounding area, including Carterton, Bampton and Witney.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Burford
Our team of residential property solicitors in Burford 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. This means that we will be able to support your transaction, no matter if you are using a national firm or a local building society.
Why choose Bird & Co’s conveyancing solicitors in Burford?
At Bird & Co, we have specialist expertise in online conveyancing, with all of our usual services being offered remotely. This means that you do not have to visit us at our offices or meet us in person. Instead, we can complete the entire process remotely.
The conveyancing service we provide is modern, friendly and efficiently, with the aim being to make the entire conveyancing process as straightforward as possible.
When you work with our team, you will always have a direct line of correspondence with your case manager, meaning you will be able to find a quick answer to any questions you might have. We can also ensure the conveyancing process remains as transparent as possible and that you will be the first to know if there are any updates to your 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 that demonstrate the highest levels of customer service and practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Burford?
There are several benefits to instructing our online conveyancers. These include:
- We have an in-depth understanding of the national property market, as well as the local Burford market. This means that we have an edge over other firms which may only handle local transactions.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind. We keep all of the legal documentation involved in conveyancing transactions secure by conducting strict procedures such as encrypting emails, securely configuring our devices and putting malware protection in place.
- Traditional conveyancing often incurs delays that aren’t present with online conveyancing. We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently.
- Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective. There are often extra costs associated with traditional conveyancing work. As our work can be completed digitally, you will avoid paying these costs.
- We have previously handled property transactions around the country, even for clients who are on the other side of the world. We frequently use video conferencing to talk to clients from outside the UK.
- Our legal obligations to you remain the same as if we were meeting in person, as there are no differences to the general conveyancing process. We are fully insured, just in case.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Burford?
We offer a wide range of flexible fees for our conveyancing work in Burford. This includes fixed fees for simple transactions, meaning you will be aware of how much your conveyancing will cost from the outset. Complex conveyancing work may incur additional costs, but where this is the case, you will be informed by your solicitor.
There are other costs involved in the conveyancing process known as disbursements. These will be broken down in your initial quote and will include actions such as conveyancing searches or registering transactions at HM Land Registry.
Your transaction may also be affected by tax, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax. Where this is the case, your conveyancing solicitor will help you calculate exactly how much is owed and file the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Burford?
Typically, there are three main stages to be aware of when you buy or sell a home. These are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When an offer is accepted on a home, both the buyer and seller enter into a verbal agreement. Note that until contracts are officially signed and exchanged, nothing is considered legally binding. Both parties can pull out of the transaction without receiving a penalty.
At this stage, the buyer and their solicitor will also seek out as much information as they can about the property. They will complete various checks, including:
- 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)
If the buyer needs a mortgage, they will apply for one at this stage.
Once the conveyancing searches have been conducted, and the buyer is ready to proceed, the contracts are signed and exchanged. The transaction is considered legally binding, and penalties may be handed out to either party if they pull out.
When the transaction is official, this is known as completion. A transfer deed is submitted to HM Land Registry, and the seller is required to vacate the property, ready for the buyer to move in.
How long does conveyancing take in Burford?
You can expect most straightforward transactions to take around 12-14 weeks to reach completion from the date an offer is accepted, and conveyancing solicitors are instructed. However, this time frame is not a guarantee, as there are various factors which could affect the time it takes to reach completion. Where delays are likely, your conveyancing solicitor will keep you informed.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Burford?
Your conveyancer will carry out a number of checks when you are buying a home to ensure that there are no issues which need to be addressed right away. The three main checks 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
Depending on the type of property, as well as where it is situated, further checks might be needed. If this is the case, your conveyancing solicitor will let you know.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Burford?
Our Burford residential conveyancing solicitors can talk you through the transaction process, and once we open your case, we will assign an individual solicitor who will take care of the legal details and be your direct point of contact.