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Conveyancing in Bedford Q & As

If you are selling or buying a Bedford home, a lawyer must be instructed to look after the legal work for your move.

Our conveyancing team at Homeward Legal have a wealth of experience of conveyancing in Bedford and across Bedfordshire county. We are able to often complete in the shortest possible time because of our pragmatic approach.

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Bedford

  • By road: Bedford is served by the A6 and A421.
  • By rail: The nearest train station is Bedford.
  • By air: London Luton Airport is 22 miles from Bedford centre, London Stansted Airport is 44 miles, and London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 is 57 miles.
  • Hospital: Gilbert Hitchcock House Bedford North Wing, Hitchcock House, Kimbolton Road, Bedford, MK40 2NU.
  • Council: Bedford Borough Council (www.bedford.gov.uk).
  • Attractions: John Bunyan Museum and Statue, Bedford Castle, The Higgins Art Gallery and Museum, and Priory Country Park.

We have a £384k residence to purchase near Bedford and want to move quickly. How do we arrange fast conveyancing?

Critical to accelerating the conveyancing process is appointing a proactive, diligent lawyer. When identifying an appropriate a lawyer, you should ask the following:

  • Do they use email rather than letters?
  • How soon will they order searches?
  • Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote?
At Homeward Legal, our solicitors use email, fax and phone for communication because traditional methods are too slow. In addition, we have invested in the latest systems integrated with the Land Registry and HMRC to facilitate the process further. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs.

How do we find a cheap solicitor quote for buying a freehold home in Bedford?

Quite a few firms say that they offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes' in their advertising, but there are often additional costs hiding in terms of engagement. These are frequently not picked up by sellers and buyers who are distracted with other aspects of their move, which means their final bill may go over their budget. Such extra charges need to be fair and clearly stated. At Homeward Legal, we never hide any costs, and our quotes provide a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs.

How can the conveyancer investigate the risk and history of a flood to properties in Bedford for a seventies house I am going to purchase?

An experienced lawyer conducts standard property conveyancing searches that incorporate Bedford-based flood-risk information. A more thorough flood-risk search, for instance the Landmark search, may be suggested by a qualified Bedford conveyancer if in the event that the initial conveyancing searches reveal a flood risk. Local people living near the property you intend to buy might be able to provide further information from their experience to allay your concerns further.

In the next month, we are finally going to be moving out of our flat in Bedford to a detached residence in Arlesey. At what stage should we engage a home removal firm?

Most conveyancers will recommend that home-vendors wait to organise the removals until the time of the formal exchange of contracts. Prior to this milestone, the firm moving date won’t have been agreed. Frequently, house removals firms add a cancellation penalty if you have to rearrange the date. And there might be a risk of putting the move in jeopardy if the movers can’t fit you in. Around Bedford, you could try:

  • Wolton Removals, 18 Ormesby Way, Bedford, MK40 4LZ (Tel: 01234 314624)
  • Atlantis Removals, 233 Crowe Road, Bedford, MK40 4FQ (Tel: 01234 365790).

Which panels of the Bedford lenders are you on?

The Homeward Legal group have worked closely with many lenders, who are approved by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Bedford, including:

  • McGirls Money, 7 Goldington Road, Bedford, MK40 3JY
  • Elegant Finance, 11 Hardwick Road, Bedford, MK42 9LF
  • Castle Mortgages, 5 Grove Place, Bedford, MK40 3JJ.

What length of time does it take my assigned lawyer to get through the conveyancing process for a terraced Thirties property in Bedford?

Conveyancing can be a frustratingly slow process, with the time needed to complete everything being, on average, between one and three months. The length of time is dictated by several issues which may affect the smoothness of the transaction (e.g. if a third party is slow to respond, or someone in the chain is waiting to confirm a mortgage application). With the experienced solicitors at Homeward Legal, every purchase is handled as fast as possible, without compromising on service, using solicitors who are highly proactive. We aim to complete the conveyancing work within six weeks. Use the quote calculator or give Homeward Legal’s conveyancing team a call on 0800 038 6699 to get a fixed-fee quote.

Environmental searches may be all well and good, but in light of the fact that last year was second-wettest year since 1920, are they still appropriate to advise us thoroughly enough about the evolving local Bedford flood risk?

When you instruct your conveyancing solicitor, they will initiate a set of standard searches. The environmental search includes the assessment of the risk of flooding at your Bedford house. If the flood risk is deemed significant enough, a more in-depth search at Landmark will be requested. Property purchasers sometimes speak to a future neighbour for added assurance if they are still concerned about the level of risk.

Is a house survey necessary when purchasing a property, irrespective of its condition?

Homeward Legal highly recommend that you book a house surveyor if you are planning to buy in Bedford or indeed anywhere else in the country. There are a range of structural defects that can affect a property, for example corrosion of pipework, loose roof-tiles or broken chimneywork, and issues such as these will not be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.