Conveyancing Solicitors in Wrexham
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Wrexham, we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Wrexham, throughout Clwyd and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Wrexham, selling a terraced house in Rhosnesni, downsizing to a bungalow in Acton, or buying to let in New Broughton, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why choose Bird & Co for your conveyancing in Wrexham?
We offer a friendly, modern and efficient service. If you want to deal with proper lawyers who are friendly 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 Wrexham, drainage and water fees in Clwyd or something else.
We're a Conveyancing Quality Scheme accredited firm providing conveyancing to clients in Wrexham. 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 Clwyd 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 proper lawyers.
How our conveyancing solicitors can help people in Wrexham
Our conveyancing team for Wrexham 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 Wrexham
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Wrexham, 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 solicitor. 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 Wrexham or perhaps not even in Clwyd.
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 Wrexham - 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 Wrexham 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 Wrexham.
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 Wrexham?
- Engagement: The process typically begins when a buyer has an offer accepted on a property. Both the buyer and seller engage solicitors or licensed conveyancers to handle the legal aspects of the transaction.
- Pre-Contract Stage:
- Draft Contract: The seller's solicitor prepares a draft contract that outlines the terms of the sale, property details, fixtures, fittings, and any other relevant information.
- Title Check: The buyer's solicitor conducts searches to ensure there are no legal issues affecting the property, such as disputes, restrictions, or planning concerns.
- Local Searches: Local authority searches are carried out to uncover any planning or building regulation issues.
- Enquiries: The buyer's solicitor raises any necessary enquiries with the seller's solicitor regarding the property and its condition.
- Pre-Completion Stage:
- Mortgage and Financing: If the buyer is obtaining a mortgage, their solicitor works with the lender to ensure all necessary documentation is in place.
- Search Results: The buyer's solicitor reviews the results of the searches and enquiries and reports to the buyer. Any concerns or issues are addressed at this stage.
- Deposit: The buyer pays the deposit to the seller's solicitor, which is typically held in a special account until completion.
- Exchange of Contracts:
- Once both parties are satisfied with the terms and all issues are resolved, both solicitors exchange signed contracts. At this point, the transaction becomes legally binding.
- The completion date (when ownership officially transfers) is agreed upon, and the buyer's solicitor requests the mortgage funds from the lender.
- On the agreed-upon completion date, the balance of the purchase price is transferred from the buyer's solicitor to the seller's solicitor.
- The seller's solicitor confirms receipt of funds, and the keys to the property are released to the buyer.
- Post-Completion Stage:
- The buyer's solicitor pays any applicable Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and registers the property transfer with the Land Registry to update ownership records.
- The Land Registry issues a new title deed reflecting the change in ownership, and the buyer becomes the legal owner of the property.
How long does conveyancing take in Wrexham?
The duration of conveyancing in Wrexham can vary based on factors such as property complexity, legal requirements, and parties involved.
On average, it typically takes around 8 to 12 weeks to complete the conveyancing process. Delays may occur due to searches, negotiations, or legal intricacies.
Engaging experienced solicitors, efficient communication, and promptly addressing any issues can help streamline the process.
However, specific timelines can differ for each transaction, so it's advisable to consult with a local conveyancing professional for accurate timeframes.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Wrexham?
If you are buying a property in Wrexham, 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 Wrexham or a conveyancer?
The distinction between a conveyancing solicitor and a licensed conveyancer might not be immediately apparent to the average property buyer or seller. Both qualifications enable you to handle property transactions, and neither is inherently superior. However, there can be benefits to opting for a solicitor's services.
Solicitor firms generally offer a broader range of expertise beyond property transactions, encompassing areas like Wills and inheritance, property rights for unmarried couples, and dispute resolution. Essentially, solicitors can provide reassurance that guidance is available, regardless of the specific support needed during the process of buying or selling property.
What issues should buyers consider when purchasing a home in Wrexham?
While Wrexham offers many advantages to buyers, there are some key local issues to consider when buying in the city. These include:
- Mining Subsidence: Wrexham has a history of coal mining, and subsidence from past mining activities can affect properties. Buyers should conduct thorough ground stability surveys to assess the risk of subsidence and potential damage to the property.
- Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas: Wrexham boasts historic architecture and conservation areas. Properties within these areas may be subject to stricter planning regulations and restrictions on modifications, affecting renovation plans.
- Flood Risk: Parts of Wrexham are located in flood-prone areas, particularly near rivers like the River Dee. Buyers should obtain flood risk assessments and insurance coverage to safeguard against potential flood-related issues.
- Radon Gas: Some areas in Wrexham have elevated levels of radon gas, which can pose health risks. Radon tests are advisable to ensure the property is safe for occupancy.
- Japanese Knotweed: This invasive plant can cause structural damage and is prevalent in various parts of the UK, including Wrexham. It's crucial to identify and address any presence of Japanese Knotweed on the property.
- Leasehold vs. Freehold: Certain properties in Wrexham may be leasehold, which comes with lease terms, ground rent, and potential restrictions. Buyers should review lease agreements carefully.
- Public Rights of Way: Properties near public footpaths, bridleways, or other public rights of way could lead to privacy concerns or restrictions on property use.
- Local Development Plans: Check the local authority's development plans for potential nearby construction projects that might affect the property's value, aesthetics, or future enjoyment.
- Property Management Fees: In some cases, properties may be subject to management fees if they are part of a communal development or estate.
- Local Infrastructure and Amenities: Consider proximity to schools, healthcare facilities, public transportation, and other local amenities that might impact convenience and property value.
- Local Market Conditions: The Wrexham property market can experience fluctuations in demand and pricing. Buyers should research current market conditions and property values.
What documents does a property solicitor need for conveyancing in Wrexham?
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 Wrexham, 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 Wrexham?
Our helpful conveyancing support team will then guide you through the initial stages, and once your conveyancing file is opened your Wrexham conveyancing solicitor and their small 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 Wrexham or away from Wrexham to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.