Conveyancing solicitors in Westbury
Property transactions can often be stressful processes with many aspects to consider alongside your day-to-day life. Whether you are buying, selling or remortgaging in Westbury, our proficient solicitors at Bird & Co can provide the helping hand you need for a smooth transaction.
At Bird & Co, we recognise our clients will be excited to carry out their property transaction, but it’s essential to be aware of the potential problems the process may face. Our solicitors can help sidestep problems with our expertise, helping to reduce stress levels and allowing you to enjoy the process.
We are proud of the bespoke conveyancing service we provide to clients in Westbury, with our friendly and approachable solicitors guiding you through every step of the transaction.
Our online conveyancing process is recognised nationally for being quick and convenient. We can help a wide pool of clients, whether they are located in Westbury, across the country or on the other side of the world.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Westbury can help you
Our Westbury conveyancing solicitors can provide expert assistance with 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
At Bird & Co, our team are on the panel for several major lenders. What this means for our clients is that no matter who you choose, whether you use a national firm or a local building society, our conveyancing team can provide the assistance you need.
Why choose Bird & Co’s conveyancing solicitors in Westbury?
At Bird & Co, we are unique in comparison to other local Westbury conveyancing firms by offering an online conveyancing service. This means we can assist you whether you are in Westbury or across the world.
Our firm understands how challenging conveyancing can be, and that’s why we strive to make the process as smooth sailing for clients as possible. We do this by providing a modern and friendly service delivered by proficient solicitors.
We believe in always providing our clients with a point of contact should they ever need our assistance with any queries regarding their case. That’s why when you choose Bird & Co, we will appoint you an individual case manager.
Our excellent service has been awarded by the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This means that 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 have also received the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation, which recognises our outstanding client care and practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Westbury?
There are a number of benefits to instructing our online conveyancers.
- When you work with our conveyancing solicitors in Westbury you can be confident of receiving a high level of awareness of the local Westbury property market, but unlike other local firms, we also have in-depth knowledge of the national property market.
- During the conveyancing process, there are a number of legal documents are required. Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind to protect these. We do this by encrypting emails and putting malware protection in place.
- As we carry out online conveyancing remotely, we can get your transaction done quickly and efficiently.
- The additional costs usually acquired during the traditional route can be avoided when the process is carried out remotely, meaning online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective.
- We have assisted clients nationally and have even worked for clients who are on the other side of the world. We do this through videoconferencing software.
- Whether you choose to meet us in person or online, our legal obligations do not change, and we are fully insured in case.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Westbury?
At Bird & Co, we are able to offer our clients a range of flexible funding options, entirely dependent on each customer’s circumstances and their particular case. This includes fixed fees for more straightforward matters. This means that our clients will be completely aware of the costs involved from the outset, and should additional fees be necessary we will let you know.
There are often other costs involved in the conveyancing process, which are called disbursements, and are charged for things such as property registration and carrying out conveyancing searches.
Should your transaction need to pay taxes such as Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax, our expert team can assist with calculations and filing the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Westbury?
Residential conveyancing involves three main stages, which are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When a buyer submits an offer, and the seller accepts it, they agree to enter into a contract later down the line, but until that is signed, the transaction is not legally binding.
The next stage involves the buyer and their conveyancing solicitor. The types of checks that might be carried out 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 a mortgage, they can apply for one at this stage.
Once the checks on the property are done, and there are no issues that need addressing, the next stage is signing and exchanging the contracts. Once this has been done, the transaction becomes officially binding and if either party backs out, they will receive a financial penalty.
Once the transaction is official, this is completion. The buyer will need to submit a transfer deed to HM Land Registry and can move into the property.
How long does conveyancing take in Westbury?
During the conveyancing process, it’s possible that anything could happen, potentially delaying completion. No two transactions are the same, meaning it’s not always possible to provide clients with an exact timeframe for completion. However, we can advise that the average conveyancing process takes between 12 and 14 weeks from acceptance to completion.
Unfortunately, delays are not always possible to sidestep. Should your transaction face any delay, our team will be quick to inform you and provide guidance on the next appropriate steps.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Westbury?
To make sure that there are no pressing issues during the conveyancing process, the buyer and their conveyancing solicitor will need to carry out several checks on the property.
During the process, there are three main checks, 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
Sometimes additional checks are needed. If this is the case, our solicitors will keep you informed.
Is it better to use a conveyancing solicitor in Westbury or a conveyancer?
Many people often presume that conveyancing solicitors and conveyancers are the same thing, but this is inaccurate. A conveyancing solicitor has additional qualifications that a conveyancer does not have, meaning they can provide assistance with other legal matters.
Whether it is better to instruct a conveyancer or conveyancing solicitor in Westbury entirely depends on you, your circumstances and your budget.
What documents does a property solicitor in Westbury need for conveyancing?
The types of documents needed change depending on the type of transaction.
When buying property, you will need to provide documents including:
- 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 Westbury?
Should you want our conveyancing solicitors in Westbury to handle your conveyancing matter, we will walk you through all the involved steps, and once your case is opened with us, we will handle all the legal aspects on your behalf.
Our solicitors can provide effective assistance whether you are moving to, from or within the Westbury area.
Get in touch with our conveyancing solicitors in Westbury