If you are looking to buy, sell, remortgage, or conduct any other type of residential property transaction in Bridgwater, the support and advice of an expert conveyancing solicitor is likely to prove invaluable.
Moving homes is one of life’s most exciting ventures, but there are also plenty of potential stumbling blocks which need to be carefully navigated. It is important that you have a clear understanding of the steps that need to be taken and how to reach completion as efficiently as possible.
At Bird & Co, our team of dedicated conveyancing solicitors in Bridgwater are available to support you no matter your circumstances and what type of transaction you intend to complete. We established a firm reputation for providing a straightforward conveyancing service, meaning we can take you through your case from start to finish, answering any questions you have along the way.
We offer a unique online conveyancing service. This means that we can support your transaction no matter where you may be located, both on a national and international basis.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Bridgwater can help you
Our conveyancing solicitors in Bridgwater have previously assisted clients through 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 will be of use to you whether you are working with a national firm or a local building society in Bridgwater.
Why choose Bird & Co’s conveyancing solicitors in Bridgwater?
At Bird & Co, we provide an efficient and convenient online conveyancing service. This means that we will be able to support your transaction no matter where you are currently located – be it Bridgwater or further afield.
The conveyancing service we provide is in line with all of the necessary legislations. This helps to ensure that the advice we provide is timely and accurate, as well as being fully as accessible for all of our clients, no matter their circumstances.
When you work with our conveyancing solicitors in Bridgwater, you will have a direct line of correspondence with the individual solicitor who is managing your case. Any questions you may have about the process will be answered promptly.
We have been awarded the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation. 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, demonstrating our high standards of client care and practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Bridgwater?
There are several benefits to instructing our online conveyancing solicitors, including:
- We work in both the Bridgwater property market, and the national property market. Many other firms only handle local transactions.
- We want to make sure that our clients are fully protected when working with us. Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind via a wide range of protections.
- We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently. Online conveyancing involves fewer steps and complications.
- Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective due to the fact that there are fewer steps to navigate.
- At Bird & Co, we have worked with clients in and around Bridgwater, as well as those across the country and even for clients who are on the other side of the world.
- Our law firm is fully insured for our client’s protection, and our legal obligations to you do not change whether you work with us in person or online.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Bridgwater?
We are able to provide flexible funding options for our conveyancing services in Bridgwater. In certain cases, we are able to offer fixed fees, providing clarity over how much you will be expected to pay.
Additional costs, referred to as disbursements, will usually arise during the course of most conveyancing transactions. This will often include actions such as registering a property with HM Land Registry and conveyancing searches.
You may also need to consider how tax will affect your transaction, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax and Capital Gains Tax. Where this is the case, our team will guide you through the necessary calculations and submit a tax return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Bridgwater?
The conveyancing process usually involves three main stages. These are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
Following an accepted offer, the buyer and seller will agree to enter into a contract with one another. This does not mean that the transaction is legally binding, meaning either party could still pull out for a number of reasons.
The buyer and their conveyancing solicitor will then look to complete various checks on the property. These will often 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 required.
When both parties are happy and ready to proceed further, the next step will be to sign and exchange contracts. This is the point at which the transaction is considered to be legally binding, and neither party will be able to turn back without receiving a penalty.
Once the transaction is considered official, this is completion. A transfer feed is submitted to HM Land Registry, and the buyer will be able to move into the property.
How long does conveyancing take in Bridgwater?
The time it takes to complete a conveyancing transaction will vary and depend on several factors. You can expect a straightforward transaction to take around 12-14 weeks to reach completion, but this can take longer, where delays are present.
Delays are occasionally unavoidable, particularly if they are caused by the other party. If any delays are likely to cause significant disruption to your transaction, your solicitor will keep you informed and advise you on your options moving forwards.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Bridgwater?
If you are purchasing a property in Bridgwater, there are several searches which will need to be carried out to ensure there are no issues that need to be addressed.
Examples of common checks that will be carried out 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
Additional checks may be required, depending on where the property is located. If this is necessary, our solicitors will keep you informed.
Is it better to use a conveyancing solicitor in Bridgwater or a conveyancer?
There is often some understandable confusion over whether it would be better to use a conveyancing solicitor in Bridgwater or a conveyancer. While the choice to use either will usually depend on your budget, there are some important differences that you should be aware of.
Both are qualified to handle residential property transactions, but a conveyancing solicitor will have additional qualifications which are used to address additional legal that can occur.
What documents does a property solicitor in Bridgwater need for conveyancing?
When you are buying or selling a property in Bridgwater, there will be several documents which need to be signed depending on the type of transaction you wish to conduct.
If you are buying a property in Bridgwater, you will need:
- Identification documentation, including passport or driving license and proof of address
- Proof of funds, such as bank statements
- The official offer of mortgage
If you are selling a property in Bridgwater, you need:
- 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 Bridgwater?
We will explain the process in detail and discuss all of the steps involved in the process in detail. If you would like our team’s assistance, your appointed solicitor will handle all legal matters on your behalf.
Whether you are moving to, from or across Bridgwater, our team can provide sound advice and guidance.