Our expert conveyancing solicitors will get you moving with the minimum of hassle.
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a home in Winchester, our specialist conveyancing solicitors will be on hand to make sure that the process is as straightforward as possible.
No matter what sort of property transaction you are carrying out, you will be well aware that there are plenty of different steps to cover, each with its own set of risks and potential stumbling blocks. Our conveyancing team can guide through every stage of the conveyancing process, allowing you to move with confidence.
At Bird & Co, we offer a straightforward conveyancing service that is specifically designed to be as accessible as possible. Our team are available to guide you through each step of the conveyancing process, and answer any question you might have about your case.
We offer a fast, yet effective online conveyancing service which means that that we are able to reach a wide pool of clients across Winchester and the wider Hampshire area, including Littleton, Headbourne Worthy or Winnall.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Winchester can help you
Our skilful team of conveyancing solicitors in Winchester have a wide range of expertise which they can use to support your transaction.
Our team’s expertise includes:
- 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 major lenders. This means that we can support you whether you are working with a national firm or a local building society.
Why Choose Bird & Co’s Conveyancing Solicitors in Winchester?
At Bird & Co, we are able to offer a specialist online conveyancing service. This means that we can guide you through the conveyancing process remotely, without the need for you to leave the comfort of your home.
The conveyancing service we provide is fast and efficient, without leading to any compromises in the quality of advice on offer. We will always be forthcoming about the details related to your transaction, making sure that you understand exactly what is going to happen and when.
When you work with us, you will always be able to contact a member of our team, as well as being provided with a direct email address for the solicitor who is handling your case.
As a firm, we are accredited by the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. 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 Lexcel accredited by the Law Society. Lexcel is only awarded to firms that frequently demonstrate the highest levels of customer service and practice management. This is evidence of the high standards we consistently aim for.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Winchester?
There are numerous benefits to instructing our online conveyancers:
- Our property lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the national property market, as well as the local Winchester market. Many other firms only deal with local transactions, limiting their levels of expertise.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communications in mind. We want to make sure that you feel safe when you work with our online conveyancers. We protect our clients by carrying out secure procedures like encrypting emails and putting malware protection in place.
- We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently. There are far fewer delays to worry about when everything is completed remotely.
- Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective. There are various additional costs associated with traditional conveyancing which can be avoided when working with our online conveyancers.
- We have previously dealt with transactions around the country, even for clients on the other side of the world. We stay in touch with our clients using video conferencing.
- Our legal obligations to you remain the same as if we were meeting in person. There are no differences to the general conveyancing process and we are fully insured just in case.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Winchester?
We are able to offer a range of flexible fees for our conveyancing services in Winchester., including fixed fees for straightforward work. If you have been offered a fixed fee, you may find that additional fees are required to complete the work further down the line. If this is likely to be the case, your solicitor will talk you through the options at your disposal.
Other costs you’ll come across during conveyancing work are known as disbursements. Disbursements can range from registering a property with HM Land Registry or conveyancing searches.
Tax is something else you will need to take into consideration when you are carrying out a conveyancing transaction. You may have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax, depending on the details of your transaction. Your conveyancer will help to clarify whether this is the case, calculate how much is owed and file the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Winchester?
There are three main stages to the conveyancing process that you should be aware of. These are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When the seller accepts a buyer’s offer, they agree to enter into a contract. In England and Wales, nothing is legally binding at this stage and either party can elect to pull out without receiving a penalty.
From here, the buyer will carry out a number of checks on the property with their conveyancer. Examples of checks could 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 they need to do so.
Once the property checks have been completed and both parties are happy to proceed, the contracts will be signed and exchanged. Once the ink has dried, the transaction becomes legally binding.
Completion is where the transaction is deemed official. A transfer deed will be submitted to HM Land Registry and the seller will be required to leave the property.
How long does conveyancing take in Winchester?
It is not always possible to provide an exact measurement of time when it comes to conveyancing work, due to the number of different factors that come into play. That being said, if everything goes ahead without complications, you can expect a typical transaction to take around 12-14 weeks to reach completion.
Delays can happen at any time, such as if there is an issue further along the property chain. If a delay is going to have a detrimental impact on your transaction, our conveyancing solicitors will be sure to keep you informed and carefully explain the options available to you.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Winchester?
If you are buying a property in Winchester, then your conveyancer will carry out a number of checks to assess its condition.
The three main types of conveyancing searches are:
- 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
Further checks might be required, which will be dictated by the type of property and where it is located. If this is the case, your solicitor will keep you informed.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Winchester?
First, fill in our conveyancing quote form for conveyancing in Winchester and a member of our team will get in touch with you.
Our Winchester conveyancing team will be able to run through the initial stages of your conveyancing transaction and, once your file is opened, your conveyancer will take care of all of the legal details related to your transaction.
Whether you are moving to, from, or across Winchester, our conveyancing solicitors will be able to lend their expertise.
Get in touch with our conveyancing solicitors in Winchester
Used Bird & Co Conveyancing to be my legal team for the purchase of my new home. Victoria W and her team were fantastic throughout, always kept me in the know which was reassuring.Nathan P
Bird & Co have always been extremely efficient and unlike other conveyancing firms are very proactive. Seb & Donna always respond same day and they represent excellent value for money - they come highly recommended.Jake Margiotta