Conveyancing In Chelmsford Q & A's
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Conveyancing In Chelmsford Q & A's

Appointing a conveyancing solicitor is critical when selling, buying or remortgaging a home in Chelmsford, so they can handle all the legal work for your move.

Our solicitor network has a wealth of experience of conveyancing in Chelmsford and all over Essex. Our highly proactive and pragmatic approach means we move you faster than other firms.

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

  • By road: Chelmsford is served by the A12, A130 and A414.
  • By rail: The nearest train station is Chelmsford.
  • By air: There are five airports accessible from Chelmsford: London Stansted Airport (19 miles), Southend Airport (20 miles), London City Airport (41 miles), Clacton Airport (42 miles), and London Gatwick Airport (58 miles).
  • Council: Chelmsford City Council (www.chelmsford.gov.uk).
  • Attractions: Hylands House and Country Park, Chelmsford Cathedral, Chelmsford Miniature Railway, and The Essex Regiment Museum.

Do all cheap conveyancing quotes have extra fees? I am trying to find a fixed-rate conveyancing estimate.

It is a sad state that many firms claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', while additional costs are often hiding in small print of the terms and conditions. These extras are often not read by sellers and buyers who are likely to be focused on other things connected to their move. Such extra charges need to be fair and clearly stated. At Homeward Legal, we never hide any costs, and our quotes offer 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.

Is there anything we are supposed to do to make our Chelmsford conveyancing process faster?

It seems obvious, but finding a proactive, diligent solicitor is essential to a fast completion. At Homeward Legal, we have invested in the latest technology and management systems to support the conveyancing tasks. In addition, our solicitors are induced to keep in regular contact with everyone in the chain, in order to remove blockages and potential barriers. Communication is always by phone, fax and email as more traditional methods, like letter-writing, automatically have an in-built impediment. There are, however, a number of tasks you can also do. These include:

  • keeping in regular contact with the solicitor
  • replying to your solicitor by phone, fax or email
  • arranging your mortgage offer early

Is Homeward Legal able to act quickly on the conveyancing for auction properties in Chelmsford?

Homeward Legal’s conveyancing team have frequently been appointed for both buyers and vendors at auction. Our team of specialist solicitors has previously been instructed by numerous successful bidders at local and national auctions. Savvy buyers at auction know that the conveyancing process will be much smoother if they engage their solicitor very promptly for a detailed legal review well before the day of the auction. After the auction, your lawyer will complete the legal work within 4 weeks, as this is a legal requirement for auction sales. Use Homeward Legal’s quote generator or call our specialist auction team on 0800 038 6699 to obtain a fixed-fee quote backed up with our cast-iron ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

Are pre-completion searches, such as environmental checks, disbursements or fees?

For some legal firms, it may not be clear if an itemised charge in their quote is a fee or a disbursement. The costs for searches are disbursements and not fees, and this expense is passed on to the buyer at cost. At Homeward Legal, our straightforward approach to detailing the conveyancing quote makes the distinction completely clear. Call our skilled conveyancing team on 0800 038 6699 to arrange a fixed-fee quote, backed up by our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

Of the major Chelmsford mortgage lenders, who have joined your panel?

There are numerous mortgage lenders with branches in Chelmsford, and Homeward Legal work with the vast majority, which means we act on their behalf and their legal costs are not passed on to you. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include:

  • Local Authority
  • Drainage Search (Con29DW)
  • Environment Search
  • Other specific searches depending on the local issues (for example, a Chancel Check)

What length of time should I expect it to take my assigned conveyancer to conclude the legal work for a detached Thirties property in Chelmsord?

The process can take anywhere from a month to twelve weeks, based on a number of factors like the efficiency of the seller's property solicitor, or contentious issues that may arise. Our conveyancing solicitors at Homeward Legal are very focused on speed and immediate communication, with the aim of completing the legal process in as short a time as possible (averaging six weeks). Call our conveyancing team on 0800 038 6699 for fixed-fee quote and to discuss any concerns you might have.

How do you determine stamp duty, and what will it be on the purchase of a £528,000 residential property in Chelmsford?

The Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rate depends on the property's value (i.e. the price it was bought for), but is only triggered once the purchase price goes over £125,000. In the example cited, the duty owed would be a charge of £16,400 on a property bought for £528,000. Note that the government’s budgeting and housing policies may change the rate or the trigger value. You might wish to use a stamp duty calculator like the one at stampdutycalculator.org.uk