Conveyancing in Maidstone Q & As

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Conveyancing in Maidstone Q & As

You will need to appoint a conveyancing solicitor to manage the legal work when you buy or sell or a house in Maidstone.

Our solicitors on Homeward Legal’s conveyancing panel have many years’ experience of conveyancing in Maidstone and throughout Kent. Homeward Legal’s pragmatic approach means we complete the transaction faster than other firms.

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

  • By road: Maidstone is served by the M20 and A229.
  • By rail: The nearest train stations are Maidstone West, and Maidstone East.
  • By air: Rochester Airport is 8 miles from Maidstone, while London Biggin Hill Airport is 30 miles, and London Gatwick Airport is 40 miles.
  • Hospital: BMI The Somerfield, 63-77 London Road, Maidstone, ME16 0DU.
  • Council: Maidstone Borough Council.
  • Attractions: Leeds Castle, Kit’s Coty House, Mote Park, Kent Downs, Stoneacre, and Kent Life.

How do I find the cheapest Maidstone conveyancing quote?

Home-buyers and -sellers should be aware of the fact that several law firms advertise so-called ‘cheap conveyancing’. However, extra costs are often hiding in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Such additional charges need to be fair and clear. Homeward Legal 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.

We plan to buy a home in the parish of Stockbury. Is a chancel search necessary?

Whichever parish in Maidstone you are purchasing a house in, a conveyancing solicitor could recommend a chancel search. Chancel repair may be apportioned on owners of a home where Parochial Church Councils may have spared previous owners or tenants. In any case, your solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees about whether you are liable, and will recommend insurance to mitigate the risk. Church of England properties include:

  • St. Michael and All Angels, Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, ME16 8JS
  • St. Martin’s, Northumberland Road, Maidstone, ME15 8SW
  • St. Luke’s, St. Luke’s Road, Maidstone, ME14 5AW
Contact our property experts at Homeward Legal to discuss any of your concerns.

We are buying a house that was built on a brownfield site. Is it possible the soil has been contaminated by waste minerals, like selenium?

Soil contamination by industrial waste, including metals, will have historically occurred in parts of Maidstone. Environment search results will factor in contaminants, including metals and others such as polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) and water contaminants such as petrol.

As a buyer of a house in Maidstone, doing my own conveyancing appears to be increasingly appealing. However, would that be prudent?

Appointing a conveyancing solicitor for the purchase of your Maidstone house is not a legal requirement and, as such, you can’t be prevented from taking care of the greater majority of the legal process without the involvement of a conveyancer. In reality, though, a solicitor handles a large number of tasks (ranging from chasing replies to requisitions, or ensuring the seller is the rightful owner), many of which are better handled by a skilled professional. More importantly, and the principal reason for avoiding do-it-yourself conveyancing, amateur lawyers are not covered by acceptable professional indemnity insurance which qualified legal firms are legally obligated to obtain.

We really need to complete the conveyancing on a freehold flat in Maidstone inside a month. Are Homeward Legal fast-acting home-moving solicitors?

A lot of property lawyers are far too slow in completing the legal tasks under their responsibility, which usually adds more stress to the conveyancing process. With Homeward Legal, the conveyancing solicitors work fast and efficiently, and endeavour to communicate along the entire buyer and seller chain, in order to remove any barriers to progress. In addition, they use modern practice management and technology systems to exchange on the property sale as quickly as possible. Contact our property experts at Homeward Legal for more information and advice.

Which Maidstone lender panels are you on?

The Homeward Legal partnership have solicitors experienced in working in conjunction with most lenders, because it is an issue that many lenders are now reducing the size of their panels, which can lead to inflated and unexpected costs for the buyer. By using Homeward Legal, you would remove that problem. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Maidstone, including the following:

  • Express Finance Corporation Ltd, 62 College Road, Maidstone, ME15 6SJ
  • Mortgage Helpline, Turkey Mill, The Beater House, Ashford Road, Maidstone, ME14 5PP
  • Town & Country Mortgage Services Ltd., 104D Regus Building, 26 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, Maidstone, ME19 4AE.

What type of due diligence about the potential risk of a flood in Kent will the Maidstone solicitor report on?

A vital component in the conveyancing protocol involves a lawyer applying for conveyancing searches that go into detail with regard to the risk of flooding in Maidstone. In addition, if the risk is deemed high enough, a more in-depth search may be ordered with Landmark.

How much would fee for our conveyancing searches total?

Conveyancing searches range in cost, depending on the searches required by your lender. These searches are disbursements paid to a third party, and are charged at cost. Homeward Legal’s transparent method of quoting for conveyancing will clearly define all associated costs.