Conveyancing Solicitors in Wokingham
Whether you’re buying, selling or remortgaging a home in Wokingham, our expert conveyancing solicitors will be able to help you complete your transaction in confidence.
Moving homes is always a momentous occasion, no matter how many times you’ve gone through the process in the past. For that reason, it is essential that all of the steps are carefully navigated so no unexpected issues prevent the transaction from going ahead as intended.
At Bird & Co, we provide a reliable residential conveyancing service that helps to support individuals and families. Our team provide tailored advice that is designed to help you complete your transaction, no matter what it might be, with as little fuss as possible.
We are also able to offer our clients an online conveyancing service which means that we can support a wide pool of clients in and around Wokingham and the wider Berkshire area, including Eastheath, Woosehill and Wixenford.
Get in touch with a member of our conveyancing team near Wokingham by giving us a call, or get a quote online.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Wokingham can help you
Our conveyancing solicitors in Wokingham have expertise in a wide range of conveyancing matters, including in relation to:
- 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 most lenders, which means we will be able to support your transaction whether you are working with a national firm or a local building society near Wokingham.
Why choose Bird & Co’s conveyancing solicitors in Wokingham?
At Bird & Co, we provide a dedicated online conveyancing service. The benefit of this is that all of your work can be completed remotely, without the need for you to visit our physical offices, unless you would like to, of course.
We make sure to provide a straightforward, friendly conveyancing service that helps to make the entire process simple and easy to follow.
When you work with us, you will have the benefit of having direct correspondence with our team. This includes a direct email address for the solicitor who is handling your case.
We hold an accreditation for the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This provides assurance 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 are also Lexcel accredited by the Law Society. Lexcel is awarded to firms which demonstrate the highest levels of customer service and practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Wokingham?
There are various advantages to instructing one of our online conveyancers, including:
- Our property lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the national property market, as well as the local Wokingham market. Many other firms only deal with local transactions which limits their scope of expertise.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind. We make sure that all of our clients are safe when they use our online conveyancing service by putting secure procedures in place such as encrypting emails and malware protection.
- We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently. Traditional conveyancing work often leads to avoidable delays which ca be avoided when you work with our online conveyancers.
- Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective. The costs associated with traditional conveyancing work can be avoided when work is completed remotely.
- We have dealt with property transactions around the country, even for clients who are on the other side of the world. We also frequently use video conferencing to talk to our clients, no matter where they might be currently located.
- Our legal obligations to you remain the same as if we were meeting in person. There are no differences to the overall conveyancing process, and we are fully insured just in case.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Wokingham?
We can offer a range of flexible fees for our conveyancing work in Wokingham, including fixed fees for straightforward transactions. There may certain situations where additional fees are required to reach completion, but this will be explained to you in detail by your solicitor, if necessary.
Additional costs associated with the conveyancing process are known as disbursements. Examples of disbursements include conveyancing searches and registering a transaction at HM Land Registry.
Your conveyancing solicitor will also be able to help you if your transaction is likely to be affected by tax, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax. Your conveyancer will help you calculate how much is owed and file the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Wokingham?
There are three main stages to the conveyancing process. These are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When an offer is accepted on a property, the buyer and seller will agree to enter into a contract with one another. This does not mean that the transaction has been made legally binding and, until the contracts are signed and exchanged, either party can still pull out (for example, due to gazumping).
The buyer then has the opportunity to carry out a number of checks on the property with the assistance of their conveyancer. These are known as conveyancing searches. Examples of the searches that are usually 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)
The buyer will also apply for a mortgage at this stage (if needed).
Once the conveyancing searches have been completed and both parties are ready to proceed, contracts will be formally signed and exchanged. From this point on, the transaction will be declared legally binding. Turning back on the agreement for any reason will likely result in a financial penalty.
Completion is when the transaction becomes official. A transfer deed will be submitted to HM Land Registry and the seller is required to leave the property, ready for the buyer to move in.
How long does conveyancing take in Wokingham?
So long as a transaction is straightforward and goes ahead without any complications, you can expect to reach completion in around 12-14 weeks from the date conveyancers are instructed.
However, conveyancing transactions are not always this simple. There is a chance that delays can occur, such as if there is a problem somewhere further along the property chain, or an issue is found during a conveyancing search.
If your transaction is likely to be delayed, your conveyancing solicitor will be sure to keep you informed so that you understand all of the options at your disposal.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Wokingham?
If you are buying a property, your conveyancing solicitor will work alongside you to carry out various checks that will help 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
Further checks might be necessary, but this all depends on the type of property in question and where it is situated. If this the case, your conveyancer keep you informed.
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Wokingham?
Our Wokingham conveyancing team will be able to run through the initial stages of your transaction and, once your file is opened, your individual conveyancer will take care of all of the legal details related to your transaction.
Whether you are moving to, from, or across Wokingham, our conveyancing solicitors will be able to lend their expertise.