Our expert conveyancing solicitors will get you moving with the minimum of hassle.
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a property in or around Sleaford, our conveyancing experts can provide you with tailored advice designed to make sure the entire process is as straightforward as possible.
Moving home is an exciting time but, if the correct approach is not taken, there are plenty of potential problems that could lead to unnecessary delays. It is therefore important to work with conveyancing experts who have extensive expertise with a range of conveyancing matters, allowing you to complete your move quickly and efficiently.
At Bird & Co, we offer a convenient, reliable and friendly conveyancing service that caters to the needs of individuals and families alike. No matter what your individual circumstances are, our team will be able to provide you with tailored support that is designed to help you complete your transaction with minimal fuss.
Our physical offices are based in Grantham, Newark and Lincoln, but we regularly work with clients from Sleaford and are familiar with the local market. We are able to support our clients in and around Sleaford, including North Hykeham, Ruskington and Great Hale, using our online conveyancing service.
How our conveyancing solicitors near Sleaford can help you
Our team of expert conveyancing solicitors near Sleaford have expertise in a 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 also on the panel for most major lenders, which means we will be able to support you whether you are using a national firm or a local building society.
Why Choose Bird & Co’s Conveyancing Solicitors near Sleaford?
Our conveyancing service is modern and friendly, which means that the entire process is straightforward and easy to understand.
Our conveyancing solicitors near Sleaford are also able to carry out online conveyancing work, which means the entire conveyancing process can be carried out remotely.
You will always have a direct line of correspondence with our legal team, as well as a direct email address for the solicitor who is handling your case. This will mean that you will be the first to know if there any updates to your transaction.
Our property lawyers near Sleaford have in-depth knowledge of the national property market, as well as the local Sleaford market. This gives us an edge over other firms which only deal with local transactions.
We are also able to deal with transactions around the country and we frequently use video conferencing to speak to clients outside of the UK.
Whether you elect to work with our Sleaford team in person, or you use our online conveyancing service, our legal obligations to you remain the same. The service you receive will be the same, and we are fully insured just in case.
Bird & Co is a Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme accredited firm, which means 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. The Lexcel accreditation is awarded to firms that demonstrate the highest levels of customer service and practice management.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Sleaford?
We are able to provide a range of flexible fees for our conveyancing services in Sleaford, including fixed fees for straightforward transactions. This means that you will have a clear idea how much your conveyancing work is likely to cost from the outset. If additional fees are required to complete your transaction, this will be clearly explained before we do the work.
There are other costs involved in the conveyancing process called disbursements, which will be broken down in your initial quote. Examples of disbursements include conveyancing searches and registering transactions at HM Land Registry.
You may also need to consider how your transaction will be affected by tax. For example, you may have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax, which means you will need the support of our solicitors to calculate how much is owed and to file the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Sleaford?
There are three main stages to buying or selling a home:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When an offer is accepted on a home, the buyer and seller agree to enter into a contract which is not yet legally binding. This means that either party can pull out of the transaction without incurring a penalty.
At this stage, the prospective buyer should seek out as much information as they can about the property. Important information to seek out could 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 needed).
Once the buyer is happy with the checks that have been carried out, the transaction can progress to the next stage. This is where contracts are exchanged and the transaction becomes legally binding. This means that if anyone pulls out there are likely to be penalties for doing so.
Completion is when the transaction becomes official. At this point a transfer deed is submitted to HM Land Registry and the seller is required to vacate the property so the buyer can move in.
How long does conveyancing take in Sleaford?
Every conveyancing matter is different and the time it takes to complete depends on a number of factors. That being said, under normal circumstances, a conveyancing transaction tends to be completed in 12-14 weeks from the date the offer is accepted and conveyancing solicitors are instructed.
Every transaction comes with its own challenged, which means delays are always possible. If this is likely to be the case, your solicitor will keep you in the loop at all times.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Sleaford?
Your conveyancer will carry out a number of checks when you are buying a home, known as conveyancing searches. These are completed to assess whether there are any issues with the property 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
It may be necessary to carry out additional checks, depending on the type of property you are buying and where it is located. If this is the case, your conveyancing solicitor will let you know.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors near Sleaford?
Our team of conveyancers will be available to guide you through the initial stages of your transaction and, once your file is opened, your Sleaford conveyancer and their team will handle all the legal details involved in your transaction.
Whether you are moving to, from or across Sleaford, our conveyancers will be able to support you from start to finish.
Get in touch with our conveyancing solicitors near Sleaford
Online Conveyancing in Sleaford
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Sleaford, North Hykeham, Great Hale and all sorts of other places, having first found us via our website.
After that, the relationship between you and your conveyancer is the same as any other. We have the same professional obligations towards you, and deal with your conveyancing file in the same way.
It might feel like online conveyancing because you can talk to us through email on your computer, but really it is proper conveyancing.
Search Fees in Sleaford
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Sleafordand all over the country, knowing that we will get a product we're happy with and which we know is properly insured and protects your interests.
What is the process to instruct us for your conveyancing?
First, fill in our conveyancing quote form for conveyancing in Sleaford. You can find the links at the top of this page.
Our helpful conveyancing support team will then guide you through the initial stages, and once your conveyancing file is opened your Sleaford conveyancing solicitor and their small team will deal with the legal side of the conveyancing transaction. You'll be given direct contact details for your conveyancing lawyers and they'll keep in touch with you every step of the way.
Whether you're moving to Sleaford or away from Sleaford to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Sleaford
Our fees are transparent and, so long as the situation does not change (for example so long as your property doesn't turn out to be leasehold when we thought it was freehold) the fee we quote is the fee you will be charged.
We don't add extras on for things like photocopying, postage, or the like. Those are our overheads and we don't pass them on to you.
All our conveyancing fees are dependent on the nature and value of the transaction, so we naturally charge a bit more for more complicated and high value work. However, the fee charged will be the same for a customer in Newcastle as it would be for someone in London, or indeed in Sleaford.
There are some aspects of our conveyancing fees which we can't change. Fees charged by other bodies such as HM Land Registry, or by HMRC for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) are out of our control.
Introduction to Sleaford
A market town in North Kesteven, Lincolnshire, a beautiful and predominantly agricultural county in the East Midlands. Seaford is situated on the edge of the Fens, about 12 miles NE of Grantham, 17 miles west of Boston & 18 miles south of Lincoln.
The population of 19,000 and the town is the largest settlement in North Kesteven making up approx. 16 per cent of its total population. The town benefits from the A17 and A15 trunk roads and it is connected to Lincoln, Newark, Peterborough and King's Lynn. In addition, Sleaford is also on the Peterborough to Lincoln and the Nottingham to Grantham.
In the medieval period records remain of settlements in Old and New Sleaford, with New Sleaford emerging in the areas around the current market place and St Denys' Church. Sleaford Castle was formed in the 1100's for the Bishops of Lincoln. Seaford was granted the right to hold a market in the mid-12th century, and New Sleaford became a market town and emerged as a force in the wool trade, while Old Sleaford started to decline.
From the 1500's century, the landowners were the Carre family controlled the Town. The enclosure of the town's fields in 1794 coincided with the canalisation of the Slea and heralded the first steps towards modern ways of working.
In the 20th century the sale of agricultural land around Sleaford by Bristol Estates led to a large amount of house building. The subsequent availability of affordable housing together with the excellent facilities and easy to access healthcare made Seaford an attractive for those wishing to re-locate or retire. As a result, the Town's populus underwent as rapid a growth as any town in the Lincolnshire during the 1990/2000.