Conveyancing Solicitors in Royston
Whatever type of property transaction you are looking to complete, having a skilled conveyancing solicitor is a must. At Bird & Co, our conveyancing solicitors have considerable experience in the area, and they will aim to provide practical guidance and close personal support.
We recognise how important property transactions are usually important steps in people’s lives, whether they’re first-time buyers or purchasing their family home. We will guide you each step of the way and ensure that the process is a success.
Our solicitors can provide you with sensible, clear advice explained in plain English so you can fully understand the process. We have dealt with many complex property transactions, so no matter your circumstances, we can assist.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Royston can help you
Our Royston conveyancing solicitors have experience in a range of property transaction 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
Whether you are working with a local building society or a national firm, we can assist you.
Why Choose Bird & Co’s Conveyancing Solicitors in Royston?
We are able to offer all of our services remotely. We do this using our online conveyancing service, meaning we can reach clients globally without them needing to visit our offices in person.
Upon deciding to work with us, we will provide direct contact to our team, including an individual case manager who will keep you up to date with the process and be on hand to answer any queries that you may have throughout.
We are proud to be recognised by the Law Society, who awarded us the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation. This means that we will always:
- 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
In addition, we are Lexcel accredited by the Law Society, and this reflects our high level of customer service and management of our practice.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Royston?
- We know the Royston property market well, and unlike other firms in the local area, we have in-depth knowledge of the national property market.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind. Our client’s privacy is extremely important to us. We keep them protected by having strict procedures in place. We will always encrypt our emails and have software protection in place just in case.
- Remote conveyancing can be less time-consuming, meaning we can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently.
- Traditional conveyancing often requires additional resources meaning further fees are necessary, so online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective as these additional resources are not necessary.
- We often use video conferencing equipment to contact our customers, whether they are at the other end of the country or even for clients who are on the other side of the world.
- We are fully insured whether you choose to pursue the traditional or online conveyancing route. Our legal obligations remain the same even where the process is done digitally.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Royston?
We are able to offer a range of flexible fees for our clients, including fixed fees where cases are straightforward. Sometimes we may have to add additional fees, and if this applies, your case manager will directly contact you to make you aware of this.
Additional fees in the conveyancing process are better known as disbursements. This is usually applied for conveyancing searches and the registration of the property transaction with HM Land Registry.
Some property transactions are affected by tax, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax. If this applies to your transaction, your conveyancer will help calculate the amount owed and file it with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Royston?
There are three main stages of property transactions, and these are as follows:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
Once an offer has been accepted, the parties involved have agreed to enter a contract together, but until it is signed and exchanged, the contract is not legally binding. This means that either party can pull out should they wish to do so.
The conveyancer and property buyer will start their checks on the property and its surrounding area. Some of these checks will include:
- Reviewing the information regarding the property
- Pursuing additional enquiries if needed
- Property checks, including local authority checks, etc.
- Independent survey carried out by the buyer
If the buyer is happy with the checks and wants to continue with the transaction, the exchange of contract can be started. Once signed and exchanged, it is legally binding, and if either party withdraws, there will be consequences, such as a penalty fee.
When the contract is complete, the transaction is finalised and official. HM Land Registry will then need to receive the transfer deed. Once that has been done, the seller is required to move out, and the buyer can therefore move into the property.
How long does conveyancing take in Royston?
The conveyancing process can completely vary with different properties depending on any complexities or delays with the process. However, the standard period of time is between 12 and 14 weeks, although this won’t necessarily be the case for every single property transaction.
If there is a delay, your solicitor will keep you up to date and answer any questions that might arise regarding the situation.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Royston?
When a conveyancing process is started, there are multiple searches and checks that must be conducted on the property before the transaction can proceed further. These searches and checks most often include:
- Local authority checks – The local area surrounding the property will be checked for any planning, pollution, highway pollution and other issues that could affect the property
- Environmental searches – The local area will be checked for contamination of land and/or flooding
- Water and drainage searches – Access to water and drainage will be checked
Occasionally some properties will require further checks and searches. Where this applies in your case, your solicitor will make you aware.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Royston?
Should you decide to pursue your case, a case manager will be assigned and contact you directly to talk you through the process as well as answer any questions you might have concerning it.