Conveyancing Solicitors in Bradford-on-Avon
If you are looking to buy, sell, remortgage, or complete any other type of residential conveyancing transaction in Bradford-on-Avon, speaking to an expert conveyancing solicitor is essential.
Property transactions are among the most significant investments you will make during your lifetime, so it pays to have the right support in place to help alleviate the risk of any mistakes being made.
At Bird & Co, we provide a simple and easily accessible conveyancing service which will help you to complete your transaction with minimal fuss, no matter what it may involve. Our team can guide you through the entire conveyancing process from start to finish and handle any queries you may have along the way.
We also offer a unique online conveyancing service which means we are able to access a wider pool of clients in both Bradford-on-Avon and further afield.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Bradford-on-Avon can help you
Our team of conveyancing solicitors in Bradford-on-Avon have expertise in all means 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 the majority of lenders. This means that we will be able to support your transaction whether you are working with a national firm or a local building society in Bradford-on-Avon.
Why Choose Bird & Co’s Conveyancing Solicitors in Bradford-on-Avon?
At Bird & Co, our clients have the opportunity to use our convenient online conveyancing service. This service is in place to ensure that all of the work we conduct can be done on a remote basis, meaning you will not have to visit our office in person.
The conveyancing service we provide is designed to make your transaction as straightforward and stress-free as possible.
Whenever you need the support of our team, you will be able to get in touch with the appointed solicitor for your case via a direct line of correspondence. They will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your case.
We are proud to have received the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation. This 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 Law Society Lexcel accredited. This recognises our high-quality customer service and practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Bradford-on-Avon?
There are several benefits to instructing our online conveyancers. These include:
- We have detailed knowledge of both the local Bradford-on-Avon property market, as well as the national property market. This gives us an edge over other firms which may only handle local transactions.
- We take all of the necessary steps to make sure that our clients are fully protected when they work with us. Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind. We achieve this by taking steps such as encrypting emails and implementing up-to-date malware protection.
- Remote conveyancing tends to be more straightforward and includes fewer steps than more traditional conveyancing. This means that we can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently.
- Traditional conveyancing is often more expensive and less cost-effective than online conveyancing.
- Our solicitors have expertise in helping clients across the country, as well as anyone else who may be currently overseas.
- We are fully insured. Our legal obligations to you remain the same, no matter whether you choose to use the online or traditional conveyancing route.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Bradford-on-Avon?
Our team provide a range of flexible fees for our conveyancing services in Bradford-on-Avon. Fixed fees may apply, depending on your circumstances, which will provide you with a clear cost estimate from the outset. Additional fees may be required in some cases, but this will be discussed with you in detail.
Actions such as registering a property with HM Land Registry and property searches may incur additional fees, known as disbursements.
Tax is something you will usually need to consider with regards to property transactions, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax and Capital Gains Tax. Where this applies, our team will help you with making the calculations and filing the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Bradford-on-Avon?
There are typically three main stages to the conveyancing process that you should be aware of. These are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When an offer is agreed between buyer and seller, they will agree to enter into a contract. Note that this is simply an agreement at this stage, and nothing is considered legally binding.
At this point, the buyer and their conveyancer will conduct various searches on the property. These will 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 the buyer and seller are ready to proceed, they then sign and exchange contracts. This is when the transaction is considered to be legally binding, and neither party is able to pull out without receiving a penalty.
When the transaction is deemed official, this is known as ‘completion’. The transfer deed will be submitted to HM Land Registry, and the buyer will be able to move into the new property.
How long does conveyancing take in Bradford-on-Avon?
The time it takes to complete a conveyancing transaction in Bradford-on-Avon will depend on various factors. A standard transaction will usually take between 12-14 weeks to reach completion from the original acceptance of an offer.
Delays are sometimes unavoidable. If they are likely to impact your transaction, your solicitor will keep you informed on your options.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Bradford-on-Avon?
Conveyancing searches will need to be carried out on a property. This is to ensure that there are no issues which need to be dealt with or will affect the value of the property.
There are three main conveyancing searches, and these 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
If any further checks are required, your solicitor will inform you in due course.
Is it better to use a conveyancing solicitor in Bradford-on-Avon or a conveyancer?
It is ultimately your decision whether you choose to work with a conveyancing solicitor in Bradford-on-Avon or a conveyancer. There are, however, some important differences between the two.
Both conveyancing solicitors and conveyancers are qualified to instruct clients on their property transactions. A conveyancing solicitor can provide further assistance with a range of other legal matters, which can be very beneficial where the transaction is complex, or there are any disputes which need to be addressed.
What documents does a property solicitor in Bradford-on-Avon need for conveyancing?
There are a number of documents which are needed for a transaction to be completed. Exactly what is needed will vary depending on the type of transaction that is being carried out.
The documents usually required when buying a property in Bradford-on-Avon include:
- Identification documentation, including passport or driving license and proof of address
- Proof of funds, such as bank statements
- The official offer of mortgage
The documents required when selling a property include:
- 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 Bradford-on-Avon?
Our conveyancing solicitors will take you through each stage of the process and advise you with a breakdown of the expected fees. Should you pursue the transaction with our firm, we will take care of all the legal details involved.
Whether you are moving to, from, or across Bradford-on-Avon, our property transaction solicitors will lend their expertise.