Conveyancing Solicitors in Shepreth
Should you wish to pursue a property transaction in Shepreth or the surrounding area, our solicitors have the specialist knowledge needed for a smooth process.
Whether you’re taking your first step on the ladder or are looking for the perfect home to grow your family, our conveyancing lawyers will be on hand to help. Our team at Bird & Co are specialists in the conveyancing field. We’ve dealt with a range of matters, from those more straightforward to cases more complex.
Thanks to our online conveyancing service, we have assisted clients across the country and even nationally with their property transactions. No matter which route you choose, our legal obligations will remain the same.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Shepreth can help you
Our Shepreth conveyancing lawyers can assist with 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 have experience working with a range of lenders, from national firms to local building societies.
Why Choose Bird & Co’s Conveyancing Solicitors in Shepreth?
Our online conveyancing service means we are widely informed about the wider property market and have a wealth of knowledge in the local Shepreth property market. Providing our services online means that, should a client be unable to attend our offices, we can still provide the assistance they need.
A high-quality level of client service is incredibly important to us. That’s why we assign an individual solicitor to your case, so you have direct contact through telephone or email. We will be able to discuss any queries you have and keep you informed throughout each stage.
At Bird & Co, our firm has multiple accreditations from the Law Society. We are Lexcel accredited, which demonstrates our commitment to providing excellent levels of client service and the management of our practice. We are furthermore accredited for the Conveyancing Quality Scheme, which means 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
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Shepreth?
- To have a better understanding of your transaction so we can make informed suggestions, our solicitors have an in-depth knowledge of the national property market as well as the local Shepreth property market, unlike other local firms.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind. We have our software frequently checked and updated to ensure our client’s details always remain protected and confidential.
- Communication is carried out online instead of in person or via post, which helps to reduce the conveyancing time, meaning we can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently.
- Due to the process being shorter than the traditional route, it means we can reduce costs meaning online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective.
- We have helped clients nationally with their transactions, and by using video conferencing software, we can even help clients who are on the other side of the world.
- We are fully insured to help with your property transaction.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Shepreth?
Our conveyancing service fees are flexible depending on the type of transaction and the circumstances surrounding it. Should your transaction be straightforward, we tend to offer a fixed fee rate which means you know exactly the fees you’ll be paying. If the price changes, we will immediately contact you, so you are aware.
A property transaction requires additional fees on top of our services, such as property checks, local area searches and registration of property. These fees are known as disbursement fees. When we provide you with a quote, we will do a full breakdown of these extra costs.
Many transactions require tax to be paid, including Stamp Duty Land Tax and Capital Gains Tax. If this applies to your situation, we will calculate how much is owed and submit the return with HMRC on your behalf.
How does the conveyancing process work in Shepreth?
The general conveyancing process is broken down into three stages, including:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When a potential property buyer submits an offer that is accepted, this remains a verbal agreement until the contracts are signed. Neither party has to commit to the agreement and they can retract for whatever reason without a financial penalty.
To ensure there is no potential risks or any other factors which will affect the valuation of the property, the buyer and their solicitor will carry out several 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)
The exchange and signing of contracts can be done once the parties are satisfied with the property checks. When the contracts are signed, the contract is considered legally binding, and neither party can pull out of the transaction without incurring a financial penalty.
Completion happens once the transaction is made official. The final stage of the transaction is the transfer deed being submitted to HM Land Registry and the seller vacating the property.
How long does conveyancing take in Shepreth?
Each property transaction is completely unique with its own set of possible challenges, which could possibly be outside of our control. From our years of experience helping clients with their transactions, we can advise that the most straightforward transactions, on average, take between 12 to 14 weeks for completion.
During our initial meeting, we will aim to advise the expected time frame, although, keep in mind this is not a guarantee and can completely change. Where there are delays with the transaction, we promise to inform you immediately.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Shepreth?
Besides property checks and valuations, conveyancing searches are required to ensure the property does not have any problems that need to be immediately addressed. These searches include:
- 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
Whilst not always necessary, some properties need additional searches. Where this applies to the property in question, your case manager will let you know.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Shepreth?
During our initial meeting, we will provide an overview of our services and discuss your personal situation. Once we entirely understand your situation, we will inform you of the expected costs and walk you through the process. Should you decide to move forward, we will assign a case manager and gather the legal documents needed.