Conveyancing Solicitors in Melksham
Buying, selling or remortgaging is often one of the most significant moments in someone’s life, particularly if they are stepping onto the property ladder for the first time. Unfortunately, the transaction process can be time-consuming and, in some cases, stressful.
Our solicitors at Bird & Co have assisted a variety of clients over the years with all types of property transactions. We are here to reduce your stress levels and allow for a smooth sailing transaction.
With our assistance, you’ll receive a fully bespoke service, with our aim to deliver advice and guidance tailored to your circumstances and needs. Where possible, we aim to reduce delays, allowing you to enjoy the process.
We have been acknowledged by our clients for being a friendly and approachable team, with solicitors dedicated to providing an outstanding conveyancing service from start to finish.
Our online conveyancing service allows us to help clients in Melksham, in addition to a wider pool of clients located nationally and internationally.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Melksham can help you
Our Melksham property solicitors have expertise in 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
Our solicitors work with various lenders, including national firms and local building societies, meaning our solicitors can assist you no matter who you choose.
Why Choose Bird & Co’s Conveyancing Solicitors in Melksham
At Bird & Co, our expertise and service are different from other local Melksham firms, offering an online conveyancing route meaning that we can help clients even when they are on the other side of the world. In cases where speaking in person is more appropriate, our team can help.
Our solicitors are devoted individuals dedicated to providing an outstanding service. When you instruct our expert team, we will appoint you a solicitor who will entirely handle your transaction from start to finish. Should you need any queries answered, your solicitor will be on hand to assist.
We are proud that our conveyancing team have been presented with the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme, meaning we 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
We have also received the Lexcel accreditation, acknowledging our client care and management of our law firm.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Melksham?
- Like many other local firms, at Bird & Co, we have a deep understanding of the local property market, but in addition to this, we also have an in-depth knowledge of the national property market.
- For our client’s protection, our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind through encrypting emails and putting effective malware protection software in place.
- Our online conveyancing process allows for a quick and efficient service due to the online route being a less time-consuming process in comparison to the traditional route.
- When choosing the traditional conveyancing route, there are often extra steps involved which require physical resources, for example, posting letters. With the online conveyancing route, this is not necessary, making our online conveyancing service more cost-effective than other firms.
- Our online conveyancing service has allowed us to work with various clients, even those who are on the other side of the world. We do this through videoconferencing software such as Zoom.
- At Bird & Co, we are fully insured, even for online conveyancing. Our obligations to clients also remain the same, whether you choose the online or traditional conveyancing route.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Melksham?
We recognise the cost of buying a home can often feel astronomical without the cost of a solicitor on top. That’s why at Bird & Co, we are dedicated to providing flexible funding options based on the circumstances of your cases. For example, for transactions that are simpler, we may be able to offer our services on a fixed fee basis, meaning you are aware of the costs from the outset.
Should your fee need to change for any reason throughout the transactions, our solicitors will keep you fully informed before proceeding.
There are other fees to be aware of during the process, and these are known as disbursements and refer to the fees for conducting conveyancing searches and registering the property with HMLR.
Some transactions may also be required to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax. Should you need to pay taxes, we will assist with calculating how much you owe and filing the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Melksham?
The conveyancing process in Melksham involves three main steps:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
Once an offer on a property has been accepted, the buyer and seller have agreed to enter into a verbal agreement. This, however, is not legally binding, meaning that either party can choose to back out of the sale for whatever reason without facing a financial penalty.
The following stage involves the buyer and their conveyancer conducting a number of searches on the property. These 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 for the property, they can apply at this point.
Once all checks are done, and everything is clear to proceed, the exchanging of the contracts will happen, making the transaction legally binding. Once the contracts have been signed, it means that neither party can pull out without having to pay a financial penalty.
After the contracts have been signed and everything is ready, this makes the transaction official and is known as completion day. The buyer will need to register the property with HMLR and then are able to move in.
How long does conveyancing take in Melksham?
An exact time frame isn’t always possible to give on property transactions due to each transaction facing its own set of challenges. But, generally speaking, most conveyancing cases take 12 to 14 weeks from offer to completion.
It is important to note that this is an average time frame; delays can still occur. Should this affect your transaction, our team will be quick to update you and advise on the appropriate steps moving forward.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Melksham?
During the conveyancing process, there will need to be a number of searches carried out on the property. This is done to ensure that there are no pressing issues which would need immediate addressing.
The three main conveyancing searches 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
Is it better to use a conveyancing solicitor in Melksham or a conveyancer?
While conveyancing solicitors and conveyancers are often mistaken for the same thing, there are some differences between them. Both are qualified to handle conveyancing transactions, but a conveyancing solicitor is also qualified to handle other legal matters.
There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to picking between a conveyancing solicitor in Melksham or a conveyancer. It is often down to personal choice and budget.
What documents does a property solicitor in Melksham need for conveyancing?
During the conveyancing process, both the buyer and seller will be required to present several different documents in order for the transaction to proceed.
When buying a property, the documents required include:
- 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, the documents required 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 Melksham?
If our team are the right fit for your conveyancing transaction, our team will walk you through the entire process, helping you to better understand each stage involved. We will handle all the legal aspects of the case and be available for you to contact should you need any questions answered.
If you are looking to buy, sell or remortgage in Melksham, the Bird & Co team are ready to assist.