Conveyancing Solicitors in Wirral
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in the Wirral, we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in the Wirral, throughout Merseyside and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in the Wirral, selling a terraced house in Wallasey, downsizing to a bungalow in Birkenhead, or buying to let in Greasby, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why choose Bird & Co for your conveyancing in the Wirral?
We offer a friendly, modern and efficient service. If you want to deal with lawyers who are professional and approachable, our team can help you.
You will have a direct line straight through to your legal team, and direct email addresses.
You can guarantee that your query will reach the right people, whether you want to ask about search fees in the Wirral, drainage and water fees in Merseyside or something else.
We're a Conveyancing Quality Scheme accredited firm providing conveyancing to clients in the Wirral.
This is a guarantee that our processes and procedures have been approved, that we operate to a certain standard, and is a mark of the excellence of our service approved by the Law Society, the body which represents solicitors throughout England and Wales.
We are on the panel for most major lenders, and many smaller ones too. Whether you want to use your local Building Society in Merseyside or one of the larger corporates, chances are we have you covered.
In short, you get an excellent conveyancing service at an affordable price. You don't have the risk of going to the cheapest providers, most of whom aren't solicitors; instead, you get a great service from expert lawyers.
How our conveyancing solicitors can help people in the Wirral
Our conveyancing team for the Wirral have expertise in a wide range of 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
Benefits of working with our online conveyancers instead of a local conveyancer in the Wirral
In the old days you used your local property solicitor in the Wirral. You would visit their office in the centre of the Wirral, and all documents would be hand-produced and posted or delivered by hand.
That service came at a price, but the truth is that it is no longer needed. With modern technology such as scanning, emailing and even Skype or Facetime video calls there is no need to use your local property solicitor in the Wirral.
Your conveyancer can be based anywhere and still provide a great service - even if he or she is in an office many miles away from the Wirral or perhaps not even in Merseyside.
We have successfully dealt with thousands of conveyancing transactions all over the country, even with clients from the other side of the world.
It is not unknown for us to talk to clients outside the UK using Skype, and once we had clients in Thailand talking to us through an interpreter in New Zealand.
There will be no need for you to visit our offices or hand deliver documents. You need never leave the Wirral - our conveyancers will talk you through the process via phone and email, and everything works just as smoothly as it would if we were just down the road.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost for the Wirral property?
Our fees are transparent and, so long as the situation does not change (for example so long as your property doesn't turn out to be leasehold when we thought it was freehold) the fee we quote is the fee you will be charged.
We don't add extras on for things like photocopying, postage, or the like. Those are our overheads and we don't pass them on to you.
All our conveyancing fees are dependent on the nature and value of the transaction, so we naturally charge a bit more for more complicated and high value work.
However, the fee charged will be the same for a customer in Newcastle as it would be for someone in London, or indeed in the Wirral.
There are some aspects of our conveyancing fees which we can't change. Fees charged by other bodies such as HM Land Registry, or by HMRC for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) are out of our control.
How does the conveyancing process work in the Wirral?
Residential conveyancing in the Wirral involves appointing a conveyancer or solicitor to oversee the property transfer.
The process begins with obtaining title deeds and conducting property searches. Your conveyancer reviews the contract, raises any necessary enquiries, and arranges a survey.
Once both parties are satisfied, contracts are exchanged, and a deposit is paid.
On the agreed completion date, the remaining balance is transferred, and ownership is transferred officially.
Post-completion tasks, such as registration with the Land Registry and paying stamp duty, are taken care of.
The process typically takes several weeks and requires the guidance of an experienced professional.
How long does conveyancing take in the Wirral?
The duration of conveyancing in the Wirral, can vary depending on factors like property complexity, the efficiency of parties involved, and any potential legal or title issues.
On average, the process takes between 8 to 12 weeks, but it may extend to 16 weeks or more in certain cases.
Engaging experienced conveyancers, promptly providing required documents, and resolving any inquiries quickly can help expedite the process.
However, it's essential to remain patient and focus on ensuring a smooth and accurate property transfer rather than rushing through the process.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in the Wirral?
If you are buying a property in the Wirral, your conveyancer will need to carry out a number of checks to ensure there are no issues that need to be addressed.
The three main types of conveyancing searches are:
- Local authority checks – to check the surrounding area for planning, pollution, highway, 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 further checks are required, then your solicitor will let you know.
Is it better to use a conveyancing solicitor in the Wirral or a conveyancer?
To the average property buyer or seller, the distinction between a conveyancing solicitor and a licensed conveyancer might not be immediately obvious.
Both qualifications enable professionals to handle property transactions, and neither is inherently superior to the other. However, there are advantages to opting for a firm of conveyancing solicitors in the Wirral.
A solicitor's firm typically possesses expertise in various areas beyond property transactions, such as Wills and inheritance, property rights for unmarried couples, and dispute resolution.
Collaborating with solicitors ensures access to a broader range of specialised knowledge, so they can provide comprehensive support, no matter the issue at hand.
What issues should buyers consider when purchasing a home in the Wirral?
When buying property in the Wirral, people might encounter some common issues, including:
- Flood Risk: Certain areas in the Wirral are prone to flooding due to their proximity to rivers or the coast. It is essential to conduct flood risk assessments and obtain relevant information from the local authorities to understand the potential impact on the property.
- Japanese Knotweed: This invasive plant species is prevalent in the UK, including the Wirral. It can cause damage to buildings and decrease property value. Identifying and dealing with Japanese Knotweed on or near the property is crucial.
- Conservation Areas and Listed Buildings: The Wirral has several conservation areas and listed buildings. These properties may have restrictions on alterations or renovations, requiring specific permissions from the local council.
- Mining and Subsidence: Some areas in the Wirral have historical mining activities, leading to potential subsidence issues. A geological survey is necessary to assess the risk of subsidence and its impact on the property.
- Leasehold and Freehold: It's essential to determine whether the property is freehold or leasehold. Leasehold properties might come with additional costs, ground rent, and service charges.
- Boundary Disputes: Disputes over property boundaries can arise, especially in older properties or properties with unclear boundary demarcations. It's crucial to clarify the boundaries before completing the purchase.
- Infrastructure Developments: Upcoming infrastructure projects, such as road constructions or new housing developments, could affect the property's value and living conditions.
- Environmental Concerns: Environmental issues, such as contaminated land or industrial pollution, may affect the property. Conducting environmental searches can help identify such risks.
- Rights of Way and Access: Ensuring there are no disputes or restrictions related to rights of way or access to the property is essential for convenience and future resale value.
- Local Housing Market: Understanding the local housing market trends in the Wirral can impact property prices and investment decisions.
What documents does a property solicitor need for conveyancing in the Wirral?
Residential conveyancing requires a number of documentations during the process, but this often depends on whether you are buying or selling a property.
During the process of purchasing a property in the Wirral, the documents you will be required to provide include:
- Identification (e.g. passport or driving licence)
- 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 for the Wirral?
Our helpful conveyancing support team will then guide you through the initial stages, and once your conveyancing file is opened your Wirral conveyancing solicitors and the team will deal with the legal side of the conveyancing transaction.
You'll be given direct contact details for your conveyancing lawyers and they'll keep in touch with you every step of the way.
Whether you're moving to the Wirral or away from the Wirral to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.