Wallingford is a gorgeous town in South Oxfordshire, perfect for those looking to start a family or retire. No matter the type of property transaction you’re after, seeking conveyancing advice from a professional is important.
We have worked with clients from all backgrounds and circumstances to buy, sell or remortgage their homes, even those with more complex factors.
When you work with the Bird & Co team, you can guarantee that you will receive expert support from specialists who will provide clear, plain advice to help you have a smooth transaction with limited stress.
We take pride in our online conveyancing service and offer a welcoming, swift and accessible service to clients in the Wallingford and surrounding areas.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Wallingford can help you
Our team of residential property solicitors in Wallingford have expertise in all manner 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
Whether you choose to use a national firm or local building society for your mortgage, we will be able to assist as we’re on the panel for most major mortgage lenders nationally.
Why Choose Bird & Co’s Conveyancing Solicitors in Wallingford?
Our conveyancing service isn’t like most. We offer a unique experience that’s entirely online if preferred. What this means is everything can be done remotely through videoconferencing software, such as Zoom and Teams and telephone calls.
We believe in providing our clients with clear, precise information without any unnecessary legal jargon.
When working with our team, we will appoint you with a direct point of contact. The conveyancer will walk you through the entire process and answer any questions you may have.
Our team in Wallingford is accredited by the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme, meaning 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 proud to be acknowledged for our professional and quality client service, in addition to the practice management, by the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Wallingford?
- In addition to knowing the local Wallingford market well, we have an in-depth knowledge of the national property market. This provides us with an edge over other local Wallingford conveyancing firms.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind. Protecting our clients is paramount, and we do this by encrypting our emails and frequently updating our security systems.
- We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently. Traditional conveyancing can often be time-consuming, but delays can be avoided with online conveyancing.
- Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective than traditional conveyancing due to fewer resources being required.
- We use videoconferencing like Zoom and Teams to help clients across the UK and even for clients who are on the other side of the world.
- Whether you use online or traditional conveyancing, our legal obligations to you remain the same. To provide you with confidence and ensure you are protected no matter what, we are fully insured.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Wallingford?
There will be additional fees on top of ours which are known as disbursement fees, These fees are charged for matters such as conveyancing searches and registering the transfer of ownership with HMRC.
Depending on whether you’re a first-time buyer or not, you may need to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax. In some property transactions, there are other fees required, such as Capital Gains Tax. If these types of taxes apply to your transaction, your solicitor will calculate what you are due to pay and, on your behalf, file the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Wallingford?
During the conveyancing process, there are three main steps involved, including:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When the seller accepts a buyer’s offer, both parties enter into a verbal agreement. This only becomes legally binding once the contracts are exchanged and signed, so, until that point, either party is able to opt out.
Once the verbal agreement has been entered into, the buyer and their selected conveyancer will need to carry out several checks. The standard 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)
Should the buyer need a mortgage, they will apply at this stage.
Once all the necessary checks have been completed, and both parties are happy to proceed with the transactions, the next step of the process is to exchange and sign the contracts. Once this has been done, the transactions become legally binding. Neither party can pull out of the transaction at this point.
Once each step of the transaction is finalised, this is known as completion. The buyer will become the official owner of the property once the transfer deed has been filed with HM Land Registry. Once this has happened, the seller is required to leave the property, and the buyer can move in.
How long does conveyancing take in Wallingford?
How long the conveyancing process takes will completely depend on the circumstances behind the property transaction, meaning each transaction is likely to have a different time frame. For a simple transaction, the time frame is expected to be between 12 to 14 weeks to complete.
If there are going to be delays with the process longer than expected, your conveyancer will keep you in the loop.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Wallingford?
When buying a property, it’s important for there to be no immediate issues that need addressing before proceeding. Therefore. your conveyancer will be responsible for carrying out a number of checks on the property and surrounding areas.
- 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
For some properties, additional checks may be required. If this applies to your property, our team will let you know.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Wallingford?
We recognise how exciting purchasing your first home is, so when you choose to instruct the Bird & Co conveyancing team in Wallingford, our solicitor will ensure you are completely aware of the process and the steps involved. We will also make sure you have a case manager assigned who will keep you informed and answer any queries you might have.