Conveyancing Solicitors in Godalming
If you are moving to, from or across Godalming, seeking out the support of an experienced conveyancing solicitor is critical.
While residential property transactions are undeniably exciting, they also come with plenty of potential risks which could jeopardise the process if not correctly addressed. Our expert team can help to mitigate these risks, supporting your transaction from start to finish.
At Bird & Co, we provide a straightforward conveyancing service that removes the hassle of moving home. Our team can take you through every step involved in a conveyancing transaction, addressing any concerns you may have quickly and promptly.
We offer a convenient online conveyancing service. This allows us to work with a range of clients across Godalming and the surrounding areas.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Godalming can help you
Our conveyancing solicitors in Godalming have expertise in a variety of residential property 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. We can therefore support you with your transaction, no matter whether you are working with a local building society or a national firm.
Why choose Bird & Co’s conveyancing solicitors in Godalming?
At Bird & Co, we offer a specialist online conveyancing service to our clients. This means that we will be able to support your transaction no matter where you may be currently residing, or how close you are to our physical offices.
We make sure to tailor our conveyancing service to your personal situation and what you are looking to achieve. This means, no matter what type of transaction you are looking to complete, you will receive the right advice at the right time.
When you work with our team, you will always have a direct line of correspondence with a member of our team. This includes having access to the direct email address of your conveyancing solicitor. If you have any questions, they will be answered promptly.
As a firm, we are accredited by the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme, providing assurance that we will:
- Offer 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. This accreditation is only awarded to firms which demonstrate the highest levels of practice management and customer service.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Godalming?
There are a number of benefits to instructing our online conveyancers, including:
- Our solicitors have an in-depth knowledge of the national property market, as well as the local Godalming market. Many other firms only handle local transactions, limiting their scope of expertise.
- Our online systems have been designed with sensitive communication in mind. We understand that security is important to all of our clients, which is why we take steps like using malware protection, encrypted emails and secure devices.
- We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently. Online conveyancing minimises delays, and makes sure that your transaction is completed much faster.
- Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective. There are various additional costs that come with traditional conveyancing, which can be sidestepped when the process is instead completed online.
- We can handle property transactions around the country, even for clients who are on the other side of the world. We support our clients using video conferencing no matter where they may be.
- Our legal services remain the same whether we are assisting clients online or in-person. Our conveyancing team are fully insured.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Godalming?
Our team offer a range of flexible fees for our conveyancing services in Godalming. Our conveyancing team can provide a clear price breakdown at the outset of your case, informing you of what to expect moving forwards. Should any additional fees be required, your solicitor will keep you informed.
The additional costs involved in the conveyancing process are known as disbursements. Disbursements can include the cost of registering a property with HM Land Registry and conveyancing searches.
Tax should be considered when it comes to conveyancing transactions. Examples of tax include Capital Gains and Stamp Duty Land Tax. Your solicitor will keep you informed on which taxes apply to your situation, calculate the sum and file the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Godalming?
There are typically three stages to the conveyancing process you should be aware of. These are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
The buyer and seller will agree on a fee for the transaction and subsequently agree to enter into a contract. Until this contract is signed and agreed, the transaction is not considered legally binding.
The buyer and their conveyancing will then have the chance to carry out specific searches on the property. This is to make sure that everything is as advertised and there are no issues that need to be addressed. Examples of checks 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.
Once both parties are ready to proceed, they can then sign and exchange contracts. When this step is completed, the transaction is considered legally binding, and neither party will be able to pull out without receiving a penalty.
Upon completion, the transaction will then be considered official. A transfer deed is submitted to HM Land Registry, and the seller will need to vacate the property on a specified date.
How long does conveyancing take in Godalming?
Every conveyancing transaction is different, which means the time it takes to reach completion will vary. A typical transaction will take around 12-14 weeks to reach completion, but this can be extended under certain conditions.
If your transaction is likely to take longer than this, your conveyancer will keep you informed.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Godalming?
If you are buying a property in Godalming, your conveyancing solicitor will need to conduct a number of searches.
Conveyancing searches could 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 searches may be necessary depending on the type of property and where it is situated. If this is the case, your conveyancing solicitor will keep you informed.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Godalming?
Our Godalming conveyancing team can go through the primary stages of your conveyancing transaction, taking care of all the necessary legal details.
Whether you are moving to, from or across Godalming, our conveyancing team have the experience and dedication to ensure a successful and speedy transaction.