Conveyancing Solicitors in Corsham
If you are looking to buy, sell, remortgage, or complete any other type of residential property transaction in Corsham, the support of an experienced solicitor is essential.
At Bird & Co, our conveyancing solicitors in Corsham have expertise in handling a wide range of transactions, from the relatively simple through to the more complex.
We pride ourselves on being friendly and approachable, providing straightforward advice that is tailored to your circumstances.
Our specialist online conveyancing service means that we are able to support clients in Corsham, as well as those further afield.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Corsham can help you
Our expert solicitors in Corsham can assist you through property transactions, 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
Our team are on the panel for the majority of major lenders. This means that we will be able to support your transaction whether you are working with a national firm or local building society.
Why Choose Bird & Co’s Conveyancing Solicitors in Corsham
We provide a convenient online conveyancing service to all of our clients, no matter where they may be located. That said, if you wish to visit our physical offices and pursue a more traditional conveyancing service, this is something we can support you with.
When you work with our team, you can be sure that you will benefit from an efficient service and clear, straightforward advice. We have considerable expertise in assisting clients with their requirements, no matter what they may be.
When you choose to work with our conveyancing solicitors in Corsham, you will work with a member of our team from start to finish. You will always be able to contact them when required and will be given a direct email address in order to do so.
We are proud to be recognised for our outstanding conveyancing service in Corsham through the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This means is that our team will always:
- 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
As a firm, we have also received the Lexcel accreditation, reflecting our high standards of client care and practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Corsham?
There are several benefits to instructing our online conveyancers. These include:
- Our team have in-depth knowledge of the national property market. This gives us an edge over other firms which may only handle local transactions.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind. We take various actions to protect our clients, such as encrypting emails and installing malware protection.
- Online conveyancing is quick and efficient. Many of the delays that come with traditional conveyancing can be avoided altogether.
- Traditional conveyancing requires plenty of resources, which are not needed for online conveyancing. Online conveyancing is, therefore, more cost effective.
- At Bird & Co, our online conveyancing service has allowed us to work with clients around the world, using videoconferencing software such as Zoom.
- Whether you choose to use the traditional or online conveyancing route, our obligations do not change. We are also fully insured for our client’s protection.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Corsham?
We know that no two conveyancing transactions are ever likely to be the same. This means that the associated costs are also likely to vary.
Because of this, we offer our fees on a flexible basis depending on the circumstances. Should your conveyancing matter be straightforward to handle, we may be able to assist you on a fixed fee basis, providing you with a clear quote that provides clarity over the expected costs.
Additional fees involved in the conveyancing process are known as disbursements. These could include conveyancing searches and registering a property with HM Land Registry.
Certain transactions will require a tax return to be submitted, for example, those involving Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax. We can assist with this process and ensure that your return is correctly filed with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Corsham?
The conveyancing process will usually involve three main steps. These are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
A buyer and seller will agree to enter into a contract when an offer is submitted and accepted. Note at this stage, the process is not considered to be legally binding, meaning either party can back out without receiving a penalty.
Following this, the buyer and their solicitor will carry out various checks on the property. Examples of checks are likely to 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)
If the buyer needs to apply for a mortgage, they will usually do so at this stage.
Once all checks have been carried out and both parties are ready to proceed, the next steps will be to sign and exchange contracts. Once this has been done, the transaction will be considered legally binding and neither party will be able to pull out without receiving a financial penalty.
Completion then occurs when the transaction is made official. The property will then need to be registered with HM Land Registry, and the seller will be required to vacate the property.
How long does conveyancing take in Corsham?
It is not always possible to provide a precise time frame when it comes to conveyancing matters. That said, a standard conveyancing transaction should take around 12-14 weeks from acceptance to completion.
If there are any delays, our team will keep you fully informed and talk you through your options in detail.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Corsham?
Property searches are an important step of the conveyancing process. They are completed to make sure that there are no issues with the property which need to be fixed prior to completion.
There are three standard conveyancing searches. 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
In some conveyancing cases, additional checks may be needed. Our solicitors will advise you if this is necessary for your transaction.
Is it better to use a conveyancing solicitor in Corsham or a conveyancer?
While there are similarities between conveyancing solicitors and conveyancers, as both have the necessary qualifications to handle property transactions, there are also some important differences.
Conveyancing solicitors are further qualified to handle additional types of legal matters, which could be important depending on the type of transaction you intend to complete. Whether you choose to work with a conveyancing solicitor in Corsham or a conveyancer is up to you, your property transaction requirements and budget.
What documents does a property solicitor in Corsham need for conveyancing?
The documents required for conveyancing entirely depend on whether you are buying or selling.
When buying a property, 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
When selling a property, you will 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 Corsham?
Should you wish to work with our team at Bird & Co, our team will handle the entire legal process on your behalf, so you have nothing to worry about, and we will keep you fully informed throughout the transaction.
Whether you are looking to move to, from, or across Corsham, our solicitors will provide an exceptional service.