Conveyancing Solicitors in Kempston

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Conveyancing in Kempston

Conveyancing is the legal process carried out by a solicitor to transfer the ownership of a property from one person to another. If you need a solicitor for conveyancing in Kempston, we can help you with fast & proactive conveyancing from a national panel of conveyancing specialists.

We have helped clients in Kempston and throughout Bedford with buying, selling, buy-to-let, Help to Buy, Right to Buy, shared ownership, new build, leasehold, lease extensions, remortgage and transfer of equity.

Other areas covered: Ampthill, Bedford, Dunstable and Luton

Buying property in Kempston

A town in Bedfordshire, Kempston is known for its Addison Howard Park, and the nearby River Great Ouse. Kempston is well-served by bus routes to Bedford. Kempston has a population of approximately 20,000.

Kempston house prices

The average price paid for a property in Kempston between March and April 2024 was £281,373 (updated July 2024).

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Council Tax in Kempston (2023/24)

Kempston is in Bedford Borough Council.

Band Amount
A £1,421.59
B £1,658.52
C £1,895.46
D £2,132.39
E £2,606.25
F £3,080.12
G £3,553.98
H £4,264.78

What do conveyancing solicitors do?

During a property purchase, your property lawyer will address all the legal details of transferring ownership from the seller to the buyer. They will order property searches, raise questions for the seller's solicitor, review contracts and fulfil post-completion formalities, like paying Stamp Duty and registering the property ownership with the Land Registry.

Further to the standard checks and searches, Kempston conveyancing solicitors would also undertake searches for radon gas, planned rail lines and historic mining activity.

Conveyancing for home buyers

A conveyancing solicitor manages the legal aspects of buying a property, ensuring a seamless transfer of property ownership.

Your solicitor will need to carry out extensive due diligence on the property you're buying, to ensure there aren't any serious issues with it. The process includes conducting searches, liaising with the seller's solicitor to clarify terms, reviewing the sale contract, exchanging contracts, overseeing the transfer of funds, and registering you as the new owner at HM Land Registry.

Are you purchasing a property with a mortgage?

During the process of buying a house, your solicitor must also complete the legal work on behalf of the bank arranging your mortgage. If your solicitor isn't accepted on your chosen mortgage provider's panel, it could take weeks longer to complete your purchase.

We work with conveyancers who can represent the vast majority of lenders, from larger lenders like TSB to Principality Building Society, so you can complete your purchase without delay.

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We can help Kempston home movers with the conveyancing for:

Buying in a conservation area

When you purchase a flat or house in a Kempston conservation area, your conveyancing solicitor will need to check for planning approval issues, which could include conservation oversight or replacement of original windows.

Conservation areas in Kempston and the Bedford local authority include:

  • Swineshead
  • Thurleigh
  • Biddenham

New Build

The conveyancing for acquiring a new build home in Kempston is often more involved than that for a pre-built and owned property.

A good solicitor in Kempston will need to be qualified to handle things like dealing with lender conditions, verifying rights of access and checking new build warranties with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Advantage and Ward Cole.

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Selling a property in Kempston

For the sale of a Kempston property, your conveyancing solicitor will arrange all the necessary documentation, such as title deeds and the various property information forms, and help you complete these forms.

The lawyer will sort out potential snags and advise on enquiries sent by the buyer's conveyancer.

The solicitor will also coordinate with all stakeholders, like agents, lenders and landlords, confirming that the sale completes without a hitch.

Does a leasehold property take longer to sell?

Compared to freehold property, yes. The conveyancing for selling a leasehold property can take much longer.

The buyer's conveyancer must review several leasehold-related documents, such as details of any breaches by other leaseholders. The time needed by your lawyer to gather this paperwork is usually the cause of these delays.

It can take a long time to gather the managing agent's information if the agent responsible for managing the property is slow or difficult to contact, so the solicitor should start this process even before you have found a buyer.

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Remortgage conveyancing

The Bank of England's current base rate is 5.25% (16 July, 2024)

You will need to verify your preferred solicitor is on your lender's panel before you instruct.

Our remortgage panel solicitors are on the legal panels of over 100 building societies and banks. Whether you are changing to a discount mortgage with Lloyds Bank or moving to a 10-year tracker rate with Secure Trust Bank, our experienced conveyancing team can guide you through the remortgage process.

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Transfer of equity

Whether you are inheritance tax planning, buying out the equity of a joint owner or gifting a share of a property, you'll need to carry out a transfer of equity. Your solicitor will handle the legal side for a guaranteed fixed fee.

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What are typical Kempston conveyancing fees?

Solicitors' fees

These legal fees are paid to your lawyer for the legal work that they complete. Your solicitor's quote will set out the legal fees (inc. VAT) that you'll pay when your transaction completes.

Conveyancing disbursements

Your quote should also list any disbursements, which are costs paid to third parties on your behalf, such as Stamp Duty and property searches.

Check the T's & C's

Some firms include additional fees in the small print, leading to a higher-than-expected final bill. Beware of hidden charges not mentioned in the initial conveyancing quote, if you are comparing quotes.

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The Completely Moved team have years of experience helping home buyers, sellers and owners, answering questions and providing property advice.

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