Property Law & Moving House
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Whoever said that buying or selling your home has to be one of the most stressful experiences of your life?
With proactive lawyers and the right legal advice on your side, conveyancing can be a smooth and painless process. Maybe even enjoyable. (We say ‘maybe’, because we’re well aware that reading legal contracts and dealing with mortgage lenders isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time).
At Wosskow Brown Solicitors, we specialise in fast, straightforward conveyancing. It is our job to keep the stress and expense of your home move to a minimum, so you can focus on enjoying the experience.
Here’s what you can expect from us:
- Fixed fees – so you know how much your conveyancing will cost from start to finish.
- Conveyancing Quality Scheme accredited lawyers.
- A friendly team who respond quickly to calls and emails.
- Proactivity – we will chase the other side and push for progress. No delays will ever come from our side.
- Regular updates – so you always know what’s going on.
Three simple steps to get started with our conveyancing solicitors
1. Request a fixed fee conveyancing quote
Find out how much your conveyancing is likely to cost with us by using our conveyancing calculator to request an instant quote.
You can decide whether we’re right for you and that you’re happy with our estimated costs.
2. Give us a call or send us a message
So, give us a call at your nearest branch, or fill in our online enquiry form and we’ll give you a call back as soon as possible.
3. Let us work our magic
We can leap into action as soon as you’re happy to proceed with us. Before starting your conveyancing, there’s a few admin things we need to get out the way, such as verifying your identity and reviewing our terms & conditions.
We’ll also confirm your fixed fee conveyancing quote in writing. You can trust that we’ll never go outside this quote unless extra work is required that is absolutely necessary (and even then, we’ll speak to you first and get your confirmation).
How our conveyancing solicitors in Sheffield and Barnsley can help
Buying or selling your home is likely to be the most expensive transaction you ever make, so of course you’re worried about getting all the details right.
Our conveyancing solicitors take the worry out of these life-changing transactions. We specialise in modern, cost-effective property law for the busy person.
No need to chase us or keep checking in to find out the status of your purchase or sale – we’ll work quickly and effectively and always update you as soon as there’s an update on your case.
We’re also proactive when it comes to chasing the other people involved in the transaction, such as the buyer/seller’s solicitors. Our goal is to avoid and reduce any potential delays so you can get the removals van booked and start worrying about paint colours as soon as possible.
As well as advising on buying and selling property, we can also advise on:
- Specialist first-time-buyer advice, including Help to Buy
- Buy to let
- Tenancy agreements
- Auction sales and purchases
- Shared ownership issues
- Leasehold licences
- Restrictive covenants
- Registration or correction of title
- Amanah/Islamic/Shariah compliant finance
- Property trust wills
- Freehold reversions
Why choose our property lawyers?
We’re accredited members of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) for our recognised skills in helping people move house and all other kinds of residential property transaction.
But what does this actually mean for you? It means:
- We have a proven track record of success.
- We’re great at recognising and reducing risk, so you’re less likely to run into problems or delays during your conveyancing.
- We’re upfront and honest about our fees, so you always know where you stand in terms of costs.
- We’re able to work with a greater variety of mortgage lenders, allowing you to choose the best quality deal without having to think twice.
How does the conveyancing process work?
Buying or selling a house or flat is an involved process with several stages, each coming with their own unique challenges and potential pitfalls.
The three main stages are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
Conveyancing solicitors should be involved from the very start to make sure every stage goes smoothly.
1. Offer and acceptance
Offer and acceptance (as you may have guessed) is when the buyer makes an offer on a property which is accepted by the seller.
The most important thing to know about this stage is that this initial agreement is not legally binding. Either party can pull out on a whim. Sadly for buyers, this is usually where gazumping happens – where the seller accepts a higher offer and pulls out of the transaction.
However, this stage is also the buyer’s chance to find out more about the property and decide whether they want to go ahead with the purchase. With the help of their solicitor, they will conduct conveyancing searches and make enquiries about things like fixtures and fittings with the seller.
They should also get their own independent survey to check for structural issues (because it’d be a shame if the building fell down after completion).
2. Exchange of contracts
Once the buyer and seller are both happy to proceed with the sale, they can sign and exchange contracts. This is a momentous moment where the transaction becomes legally binding and neither party can pull out (at least, not without having to pay a lot of money).
This is where the transaction becomes official. Sometimes, completion can happen on the same day as exchange of contracts. However, if you are in a chain, you may need to wait for other purchases and sales to become ready to complete before you can go ahead.
Once your solicitor has confirmed that the transaction has completed, the buyer can pick up the keys and the seller should move out.
How long does conveyancing take?
On average, a house purchase or sale takes around 8 to 12 weeks, with a whole series of legal steps to complete.
However, it’s impossible to say exactly how long your conveyancing transaction will take. It will depend entirely on the complexity of the transaction and whether any issues arise during the process that could delay things.
That being said, as an experienced department, we have dealt with many property transactions, so you can relax because you are certainly in safe hands. We manage the whole process, and we will keep you informed as we go along. We do not believe anyone should put up with the endless delays you hear about.
Do I have to pay Stamp Duty?
Stamp Duty is a tax that sometimes falls due when you buy a property in England or Northern Ireland. Wales and Scotland have their own equivalent taxes called Land Transaction Tax and Land and Buildings Transaction Tax respectively.
You may not have to pay Stamp Duty when buying a property if:
- The price of the property is below the tax free threshold.
- You are first time buyer – you can get relief from Stamp Duty on the first £300,000 of purchases worth up to £500,000.
As part of our conveyancing service, we can help you calculate whether Stamp Duty is owed and handle the tax return and payment to HMRC.
For specific advice about tax (including other kinds of tax like Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax if you are buying a buy to let property), you should always speak to an independent tax advisor as we cannot provide this advice.
How much does conveyancing cost?
Any legal matter involving property is bound to be expensive, so we are happy to do your conveyancing for a fixed price.
We’ll provide a quote at the beginning of your instruction which includes all anticipated costs. This gives you certainty about how much your property transaction will cost from start-to-finish, allowing you to budget accordingly.
Should I make a Will after buying a home?
What do I need to think about when buying a new build?
Buying a new build may be different to buying an older property. You may be buying off plan or through a government first time buyer scheme such as Help to Buy or Shared Ownership.
You may also have unique rights and responsibilities that you need to consider. For example, many newer homes will come with a 10-year warranty. You may be liable for service charges to pay for upkeep of common areas of a development. If buying a leasehold home, it is vital to get specialist advice about the lease (e.g. to make sure you’re not signing up to expensive and escalating charges on top of your mortgage).
Our conveyancing team have particular expertise handling the purchase and sale of new build properties. We know exactly what risks to look out for, so can make sure you are protected.
Get in touch with our conveyancing solicitors in Sheffield and Barnsley today
Get in touch with our friendly, expert conveyancing solicitors in Sheffield and Barnsley to get your next home move underway.
Give us a call at your nearest branch or fill in our online enquiry form and we’ll give you a call back as soon as possible.
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