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Updated: 21/03/18

Local Bearsted attractions

Stoneacre National Trust Eyhome Street Leeds Castle Castle and Maidstone The Hawking Centre Bird of Prey Centre are around Bearsted.

Motorists are well served with Bearsted situated with excellent road access nearby at a mile and a half of Junction 7 Eastbound of the M20.

Bearsted's nearest airport is Rochester, Maidstone Rd Airport. London Airport is 21 mile s, Rochester Airport is 6 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 25 miles away. Bearsted train station is almost a mile from Bearsted.

The closest hospital for Bearsted is Somerfield Maidstone.


How do we find affordable conveyancing in Bearsted?


Lack of clarity over this point catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted, and many firms promote supposedly cheap conveyancing. Often extra fees will be included in the terms and conditions, left unread by preoccupied homeowners Applicable disbursements should be included on your conveyancing quote Any costs listed in the solicitor's terms should be fair and clearly defined and only come into force where your conveyancer must complete unanticipated additional work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes offer a clear statement of your solicitors fees for a standard purchase or sale.


Are there any areas of conservation in Bearsted?


With nine thousand conservation areas across the country, the neighbourhoods around Bearsted include several areas of historical or architectural value defined as protected. You may wish to contact the local authority for more information, but your conveyancing solicitor will address this during the conveyancing process.


As a result of the Met Office projecting more intense rainfall we are questioning if environmental searches may not be sufficient?


A thorough conveyancing solicitor in Bearsted will suggest that you get additional informative environmental searches if the environmental searches flag up any kind of Bearsted area flood risk

It could be worth trying to also converse with a local resident for that added local history.


If we are intending to buy near Bearsted, in the parish of Throwley, do we need a chancel search?


The solicitor instructed to handle the transaction could advise a chancel search, whichever parish in which the house being purchased is found. Through some church councils have taken the decision to exact chancel repairs on the current owners of lay rectorships, there is no way to be certain that a parish where dues have not recently been paid will continue to be free from liability. In the event that chancel liability may apply, your solicitor might recommend insurance rather than pulling out of the purchase.


Could Bearsted soil be contaminated by aluminium?


Legislation exists to control pollution, waste, water and chemical contamination. Environment search results will factor contaminants, including metals and others such as trichloroethylene.


We are buying a £780000 property in Bearsted. How is stamp duty worked out?


The rate of stamp duty that will be due is based on the house's value. Stamp duty will be £31200 on a £780000 residential property.*

*Accurate 17/02/2013


What will the council tax cost for a Fifties Band D flat in Bearsted?


Your council tax band should conventionally be identified as part of the conveyancing report on title along with the governing local authority Up-to-date rates for homes in Bearsted are set out in detail at the Maidstone council site. At the time of writing, 05 October 2012, rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £997.00
  • Band B - £1,163.00
  • Band C - £1,329.00
  • Band D - £1,495.00
  • Band E - £1,827.00
  • Band F - £2,160.00
  • Band G - £2,492.00
  • Band H - £2,990.00


Do your house conveyancing solicitors a lot of experience at the legal conveyancing of residential property auction properties in Bearsted?


Yes - Homeward Legal commonly do the legal work for buyers and sellers at auction. Solicitors consistently suggest bidders to formally appoint a fast conveyancing company well in advance of the property auction for a full investigation.

Immediately following the day of bidding your property conveyancing lawyer is utterly ready for completing the transaction inside the limited time frame as conventionally required .