Buying & Selling Property - Specialist conveyancing solicitors in Bristol
Watkins Solicitors are proud to announce that they are now able to offer property services at the Southville and Fishponds offices. Appointing a conveyancing expert can take the stress and worry out of buying, selling and remortgaging your home.
Our property solicitors in Bristol are specialists in all aspects of residential conveyancing. As well as dealing with straightforward buying and selling, we can also advise you on remortgaging, buy-to-let investments, leasehold flats, new builds and shared ownership homes.
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Whether you’re a first time buyer, experienced property owner or buy-to-let investor Watkins Solicitors can offer a comprehensive and cost effective residential conveyancing service.
We specialise in all aspects of residential conveyancing, including freehold, leasehold flats, new builds and shared ownership properties. If you’re selling as well as buying, we can coordinate the sale of your current home with the purchase of your new home.
We offer fixed fees for our residential conveyancing services, so you’ll know exactly how much you’ll need to pay from the start of the process. We also quote for disbursements up front, so you’re fully aware of the total costs involved.
How much will buying and selling a house cost?
This depends on several factors, such as whether you’re buying, selling or completing both transactions simultaneously. Contact our property team to discuss your requirements. Our fees are transparent and you’ll know at the start exactly what your costs will be.
What is the difference between leasehold and freehold?
Leasehold means that you own the property, but the land on which the property is built is owned by the freeholder. This means that you only have the right to own the property for as long as the lease is valid. Freehold differs in that the property owner also owns the land on which the property stands.
If I buy a leasehold flat, what do I actually own?
As a leasehold flat owner, you own everything within its walls, including the floor and plasterwork. You do not own the external or structural walls. These, plus the common areas and the land your property stands on, are owned by the landlord.
How do I get a leasehold extension?
You can extend your lease using the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 or by private negotiation with your landlord. Leasehold extension negotiations can be complex, so speak to our specialist property solicitors about your options. We act on behalf of leasehold property owners and landlords.
What service charges will I pay on a leasehold property?
Service charges are payments made by the leaseholder to the landlord for services provided, including maintenance and repairs to the property, and building insurance. Service charges normally include a management charge, payable to the landlord or a management agent. Service charges will vary yearly; they can be increased without any limit other than that they are ‘reasonable’.
If you’re considering buying a leasehold property, it’s important to find out the current and future service charges and whether any major work is planned that may affect it.