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Conveyancing in Northamptonshire Q & As

When buying, selling or remortgaging a home in Northamptonshire, you will need to appoint a conveyancing lawyer to complete the legal work for you.

Homeward Legal’s solicitor panel has immense experience of conveyancing in Northamptonshire and across the East Midlands. Our highly proactive and pragmatic approach means we complete the move faster than other firms.

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

  • By road: Northamptonshire is served by the M1, A1 and A45.
  • By rail: The principal train stations in Northamptonshire are Northampton, Kettering and Corby.
  • By air: The nearest large airport to Northamptonshire is London Luton Airport, which is approximately 41 miles from the centre of Northampton.
  • Hospital: The principal Northamptonshire hospitals are:
    • Northampton General, Cliftonville, Northampton, NN1 5BD
    • Corby Community, Cottingham Road, Corby, NN17 2UN
    • St. Mary’s, 77 London Road, Kettering, NN15 7PW
  • Council: Northamptonshire County Council (www.northamptonshire.gov.uk).

There are lots of 'cheap' conveyancing offers for Northamptonshire, but how do we find a good one?

What might look cheap might not necessarily be the case. Unfortunately, it is common practice for property lawyers to advertise cheap conveyancing quotes, but additional costs will be buried in the small print of the terms of engagement. But busy, stressed buyers ignore these additions at their peril because you may face a much greater total fee when you have completed. Homeward Legal never hide any hidden extra costs. Any additional costs listed in terms of engagement need to be reasonable and come into force only if the lawyer is required to complete unexpected extra work in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Based on the property you intend to buy, Homeward Legal’s online quote calculator will generate an accurate fixed-fee statement of conveyancing fees.

How long should conveyancing legal work take, according to your estimates? I am purchasing a property in Northamptonshire.

The length of time required to sell or purchase a house varies, affected by a broad set of legal considerations (for example, whether the property is leasehold or freehold). With Homeward Legal, a sale, purchase or transfer of equity is undertaken with the utmost care and speed. Our proactive conveyancing solicitors continually push everyone along the chain of buyers and sellers.

We have chosen Manchester Building Society as our mortgage lender. Is there anything we need to check?

When buying a property with a mortgage, your lender will require legal work to be carried out on their behalf. Some lenders have reduced the number of firms on their approved panel, resulting in greater conveyancing costs for buyers if their solicitor is unable to act on their behalf, and for their lender. Homeward Legal, however, are able to act for most mortgage lenders.

I am on a deadline and need to ensure fast conveyancing. What can I do to accelerate the conveyancing process?

Instructing a proactive property lawyer as early as possible is a critical step for a faster house move. When choosing a suitable property lawyer, ask the following questions:

  • Are their preferred methods of contact by phone, fax and email?
  • Will they order the requisite searches immediately?
  • Was there a delay in delivering a quote?

The purchase of my Nottinghamshire house is scheduled for completion next month. How are the stamp duty rates determined?

The Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) you pay will depend entirely on the property's price. For example, stamp duty on a £1,066,000 property in Nottinghamshire will be £50,350 (retrieved 3 February 2017). To keep abreast of any changes in the SDLT rates, you might like to use the calculator at www.stampdutycalculator.org.uk.

When in the sales process do we need to arrange a conveyancer in Northamptonshire?

If you use a firm offering a ‘no move, no fee’ guarantee, the earlier you appoint them, the better. Early instruction to act on your Northamptonshire sale or purchase can limit the risk and help prevent the deal failing. With Homeward Legal, we offer this guarantee and more, which means you have less to worry about during this stressful time. Give us a call on 0800 038 6699 to talk about a fixed-fee quote, or try using our quote calculator.

Northamptonshire solicitors do formal conveyancing searches when they are instructed to act for a property purchaser, but what are the actual searches?

When obtaining a mortgage, the building society or bank will insist that at least these searches are ordered:

  • Local Authority (personal or official) Search
  • Drainage and Water Search
  • Environmental Search
  • (and occasionally) specific local Northamptonshire searches (e.g. a Local Land Charge Search)
With a Homeward Legal conveyancing solicitor, a client is charged at most £249 for the standard search bundle. Searches are charged at cost. Contact our property experts for more information.

Should I choose a law firm named by our Nottinghamshire estate agent?

Agent referrals are a common route to appointing a solicitor. However, such referrals should be compared against alternatives, as the agent may prefer to suggest whichever firm pays the most per referral, and not the one with the best value for you. Homeward Legal offers a fixed-price quote, covered by a ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee. Call us on 0800 038 6699 to find out more.

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