Conveyancing Solicitors in York
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a home in or around York, our conveyancing solicitors are on hand to offer all the advice and support you need.
Carrying out a property transaction is undeniably exciting, but it does come with a number of potential risks, all of which need to be properly addressed to make sure that the transaction is a success. Our conveyancing solicitors in York can carefully guide you through the entire conveyancing process from start to finish, ensuring that everything is as straightforward as possible.
At Bird & Co, we provide a reliable, efficient conveyancing service to individuals, couples and families, tailoring our advice to match everybody’s respective circumstances. Whether you are a first time buyer, or are looking to move your way up the property ladder, our team use their combined expertise to advise you accordingly.
We provide a simple online conveyancing service with an added personal touch. This allows us to assist clients from across York and the wider Yorkshire area, including Huntington, Heworth or Acomb.
Get in touch with a member of our conveyancing team in York by giving us a call, or get a quote online.
How our conveyancing solicitors in York can help you
We have a team of specialist conveyancing solicitors in York with a wide range of expertise, 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
We are on the panel for lenders of all sizes, which means our property solicitor in York can support your transaction whether you are using a national firm or a local building society.
Why choose Bird & Co’s conveyancing solicitors in York?
We have specialist expertise in online conveyancing, which means we can conduct your property transaction remotely. There will be no need for you to visit us at our offices (unless you want to).
Our conveyancing service is modern, friendly and efficient. We strive to make the conveyancing process as straightforward as possible, giving you all the support you need at each stage.
You will always have a direct line of correspondence with your legal team, as well as a direct email address for the lawyer who is handling your conveyancing. Whenever you have a question about your case, you will always receive a prompt answer.
We are proud to be a Law Society Quality Scheme accredited firm. This means we will:
- Provide high quality legal advice
- Get your conveyancing transaction completed as quickly and smoothly as possible
- Provide top quality customer service and respond to queries quickly and efficiently
- Keep you regularly updated and never leave you in the dark
- 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. This means our property solicitor in York is committed to providing high levels of customer service and ensuring that your needs are always met. Lexcel is only awarded to firms which demonstrate the highest standards or client care and practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in York?
There are several benefits to instructing our online conveyancers in York, including:
- Our property lawyers are nationally recognised experts, with experience in the local York market, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the national property market. This gives us an edge over other firms which only deal with local transactions.
- Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communications in mind. We make sure that our clients, and the documents that are sent during online conveyancing, are kept secure. We do this by encrypting emails, securely configuring our devices and systems and putting malware protection in place.
- We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently. Delays that come hand in hand with the traditional conveyancing process can often be avoided when work is completed remotely.
- Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective. Visiting a conveyancer in person can incur various additional costs. The vast majority of our services can be conducted remotely, saving you money without compromising the level of service you receive.
- We have dealt with property transactions from around the country, and even for clients who are on the other side of the world. We frequently use video conferencing to keep in touch with our clients, no matter where they are currently residing.
- Our legal obligations to you remain the same as if we were meeting in person. The conveyancing process is exactly the same and we are fully insured just in case.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in York?
We offer a range of flexible fees for our conveyancing services in York, including fixed fees for straightforward work. This means you will have a clear idea how much you will be expected to pay from the outset. We will never exceed a quote without consulting you and explaining what additional work needs to be done.
Additional costs that arise during the conveyancing process are called disbursements. Disbursements can include conveyancing searches or registering a transaction at HM Land Registry.
When you are completing a property transaction, you will sometimes need to pay tax, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax. If this is the case, your solicitor can help you calculate how much is owed and file the return with HMRC.
What is online conveyancing?
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in York, Huntington, Acomb and all sorts of other places, having first found us via our website.
After that, the relationship between you and your conveyancer is the same as any other. We have the same professional obligations towards you, and deal with your conveyancing file in the same way.
It might feel like online conveyancing because you can talk to us through email on your computer, but really it is proper conveyancing.
How does the conveyancing process work in York?
There are three main stages to the conveyancing process. These are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
Once the buyer and seller agree on a price for a property, they will then agree to enter into a contract. The transaction is not legally binding at this stage and it is possible for either party to pull out for a number of reasons – such as if the seller agrees to a higher offer from elsewhere.
When an offer is accepted, the buyer will work alongside their conveyancer to carry out a number of checks on the property. 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)
Once the checks have been completed, both parties will proceed to sign and exchange contracts. The transaction will now be legally binding and pulling out would result in a penalty.
Completion is when the transaction is deemed to be official. A transfer deed is submitted to HM Land Registry and the seller is required to leave the property.
How long does conveyancing take in York?
If everything goes ahead without complications, the conveyancing process typically takes around 12-14 weeks. This is from the date an offer is accepted and conveyancing solicitors are instructed.
Not every property transaction is straightforward, and delays are always a possibility, such as if there are issues further along the property chain, or if a property search catches an issue that needs to be addressed. If delays are likely in your case, your solicitor will inform you of your options.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in York?
When you are buying a property in York, your conveyancer will carry out a number of checks.
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 may be required, but this will depend on the type of property in question and where it is situated.
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in York and all over the country, knowing that we will get a product we're happy with and which we know is properly insured and protects your interests.
Is it better to use a conveyancing solicitor in York or a conveyancer?
Many people often presume that conveyancing solicitors in York and conveyancers are the same, but while they have similarities such as both are qualified to handle property matters, a conveyancing solicitor has additional qualifications which qualify them to assist with other legal matters that a conveyancer would not be able to assist with.
There is no right or wrong answer as to whether it is better to use conveyancing solicitors in York or a conveyancer. Instead, the decision is often down to personal choice that many make depending on their personal circumstances and budget.
What documents does a property solicitor in York need for conveyancing?
Your York conveyancing solicitors will require a number of documents to proceed with the property transaction. However, the necessary documents will vary depending on whether you are purchasing or selling a home.
Residential conveyancing in York for the purchase of a property will include documents such as:
- Identification documentation, including passport or driving license and proof of address
- Proof of funds, such as bank statements
- The official offer of mortgage
Conveyancing in York for the sale of a property will include documents such as:
- 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 York?
Our York conveyancing team will be able to run through the initial stages of your conveyancing transaction and, once your file is opened, your conveyancing solicitors in York will take care of all of the legal details related to your transaction.
Whether you are moving to, from, or across York, our conveyancing solicitors will be able to lend their expertise.