Conveyancing Solicitors in Bedford
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Bedford we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Bedford, throughout Bedfordshire and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Bedford, selling a terraced house in Goldington, downsizing to a bungalow in Bromham, or buying to let in Kempston, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why you should use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Bedford
We offer a friendly, modern and efficient service. If you want to deal with fully qualified lawyers who are friendly and approachable, our team can help you.
You will have a direct line straight through to your legal team, and direct email addresses for the people handling your conveyancing. You can guarantee that your query will reach the right people, whether you want to ask about search fees, drainage and water fees or anything else related to your property deal.
"The team always provided me with clear, pragmatic and commercially viable advice with efficient and focused communication."
We're a Conveyancing Quality Scheme accredited firm providing conveyancing to clients in Bedford. This is a guarantee that our processes and procedures have been approved as meeting the highest legal and professional standards by the Law Society, the body representing solicitors throughout England and Wales.
We are on the panel for most major lenders, and many smaller ones too. Whether you want to use your local Building Society in Bedfordshire or one of the larger corporates, chances are we have you covered.
In short, you get an excellent conveyancing service at an affordable price. You don't have the risk of going to the cheapest providers, most of whom aren't solicitors; instead you get a great service from proper lawyers.
Why you don't need a conveyancer based in Bedford
In the past, most people tended to use their local solicitor for their conveyancing. You would visit their nearest office, and all documents would be hand-produced and posted or delivered by hand.
That service came at a price, however, and the truth is that it is no longer needed. With modern technology such as scanning, emailing and even Skype or Facetime video calls there is no need to use your local solicitor. Your conveyancer can be based anywhere and still provide a great service - even if he or she is in an office many miles away from Bedford or perhaps not even in Bedfordshire.
We have successfully dealt with thousands of conveyancing transactions all over the country, even with clients from the other side of the world. It is not unknown for us to talk to clients outside the UK using Skype – we even once had clients in Thailand talking to us through an interpreter in New Zealand!
There will be no need for you to visit our offices or hand deliver documents – in fact, you need never leave your home. Our conveyancers will talk you through the whole conveyancing process via phone and email, and everything works just as smoothly as it would if we were just down the road.
Online Conveyancing in Bedford
Online conveyancing refers to the fact your conveyancing can now be carried out entirely over the internet thanks to technology such as email and video chat. This means there is no longer any need to meet face-to-face for your conveyancing as you can get exactly the same quality of service by handling the entire process online.
The advantage of online conveyancing is it lets you choose the best, most competitively priced conveyancing firm in the country, while also being able to deal with your conveyancing at your convenience. There is no need to take time out of work or go out of your way – you can do everything from your own home in your own time.
When dealing with your conveyancing online, we have exactly the same legal obligations to you as if we were meeting in person. The conveyancing process is exactly the same and involves all the same checks, searches, insurance and protections to ensure you get a safe, reliable conveyancing service.
Search Fees in Bedford
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can offer reliable property checks and searches to clients in Bedford and all over the country. As a result, we can provide a service we are happy with and which we know is properly insured and protects your interests.
What is the process to instruct us for your conveyancing?
First, fill in our conveyancing quote form for conveyancing in Bedford. You can find the links at the top of this page.
Our helpful conveyancing support team will then guide you through the initial stages and, once your conveyancing file is opened, your Bedford conveyancing solicitor and their small team will deal with the legal side of the conveyancing transaction. You'll be given direct contact details for your conveyancing lawyers and they'll keep in touch with you every step of the way.
Whether you're moving to Bedford or away from Bedford, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Bedford
Our fees are transparent and, so long as the situation does not change (for example so long as your property doesn't turn out to be leasehold when we thought it was freehold) the fee we quote is the fee you will be charged.
We don't add extras on for things like photocopying, postage, or the like. Those are our overheads and we don't pass them on to you.
All our conveyancing fees are dependent on the nature and value of the transaction, so we naturally charge a bit more for more complicated and high value work. However, the fee charged will be the same for a customer in Newcastle as it would be for someone in London, or indeed in Bedford.
There are some aspects of our conveyancing fees we can't change. Fees charged by other bodies such as HM Land Registry, or by HMRC for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) are out of our control and should be the same whichever conveyancing company you use.
Introduction to Bedford
Bedford is the county town of Bedfordshire, and the administrative centre of the Borough of Bedford. The town has a population of around 87,590 according to recent estimates whereas the Borough of Bedford has a population of 166,252 based on figures from 2015. Bedford is around 50 miles north of London and had good transport links with the capital, making it popular for commuters as well as being an attractive place to live and work in its own right.
The town’s history dates back until at least the early Middle Ages, with the Anglo-Saxon King Offa of Mercia reportedly having been buried there in 796. Bedford began to develop substantially in the 19th century, and in 1832 gas lighting was introduced, and the railway reached the town in 1846. The first corn exchange was erected in 1849. The Corn Exchange nowadays is the largest entertainment venue in the town and hosts a variety of performances as well as concerts and private functions. The University of Bedfordshire Theatre is seen as the largest theatre in the town, with a capacity of around 300.
Other landmarks in the town include St Paul's Church, which is the town’s principal church, The Higgins Art Gallery & Museum and The Guru Nanak Gurdwara, which is the largest Sikh Gurdwara in the UK outside of London. Bedford's Cardington Hangars have also been used as the filming location for many big budget films, particularly those directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, such as Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Inception.
Bedford also has a long history of sport. There are four Rugby Union teams, notably Bedford Blues and Bedford Athletic. In 2004 a Rugby League team also started in the town and are known as Bedford Tigers. Despite this, Bedford is also one of the largest towns in the UK not to have a professional football team, with Bedford Town F.C and Bedford F.C being the town’s best known teams.
The Viking Kayak Club is another notable sporting location in the borough, as is the Cardington Artificial Slalom Course, which hosts the UK's National Inter Clubs Slalom Finals annually.
There are four state secondary schools in the town, as well as four private schools, including Bedford School and Bedford Modern School, both of which are on the HMC. The town also hosts a campus of the University of Bedfordshire.
Bedford has very good transport connections to the surrounding area and the rest of the UK. The town itself lies on the A6 road, an important north south road, and the A1 and M1 pass only a few miles to the east and west respectively. There are also two railway stations, firstly Bedford Midland, which is operated by East Midlands Trains and therefore there are services to London St.Pancras, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Leeds. The second station, Bedford St Johns, is on the Oxford to Cambridge line.
Borough of Bedford
The Borough of Bedford is a unitary authority area centre on the town of Bedford and the adjacent town of Kempston, which together make up the Bedford Urban area. The majority of the borough’s population live in the Bedford-Kempston conurbation, but there are several large villages in the surrounding area that also form part of the borough. The borough is also the location of the Wixams new town, which has been under construction since 2007 and is intended to become the third largest settlement in the borough, after Bedford and Kempston, when finished.
Kempston is a town immediately to the south east of Bedford, forming a continuous urban area with the larger town. Kempston has a population 19,330 according to the 2011 census and is a primarily residential area, with most residents commuting to Bedford, London and other surrounding settlements for work.
The town has a number of schools and an out of town shopping centre, Kempston Interchange Retail Park. Kempston is connected to Junction 13 of the M1 by a stretch of the A421, providing a full dual carriageway link to the motorway.
Great Barford is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Bedford, around 5 miles north east of Bedford. The village sits on the River Ouse and is connected to Bedford by the A421, making it convenient for commuters to the larger town. The town has a lower and middle school under the local three-tier education system.
Clapham is a village approximately 3 miles north of Bedford, in the Borough of Bedford. The village had a population of 4,560 at the time of the 2011 census with a small number of shops, including a post office, florist and convenience store. It also has a lower school for children aged 4-9.
Elstow is a village in the Borough of Bedford around 2 miles south of the centre of Bedford. The village had a population of 2,702 at the time of the 2011 census. It is located inside the southern bypass around Bedford and while the original village remains intact as a conversation area, it effectively forms a suburb of the town.
Wootton is a village around 5 miles south west of Bedford that is home to around 4,156 people according to the 2011 census. The village is close to the A421 and the A428, giving it good links to Bedford, Kempston and the surrounding area. It is also around 2 miles from Kempston Hardwick station, making it convenient for rail travel.
Wootton has a number of shops including a Post Office, convenience store, pharmacy, garage and salon. It also has a medical health centre, library, pre-school and lower school. In addition, the village has several public houses and a pizza restaurant. There are plans to expand the village, including creating as many as 2000 new homes, a middle school, supermarkets, a gym and office space.
Harrold is a village around 9 miles north west of Bedford with a population of around 1,691 at the time of the 2011 census. The village sits on the north bank of the River Great Ouse and is linked to the village of Carlton by an ancient bridge. Harrold has a primary school, two pubs and a fire station.
Sharnbrook is a village in the Borough of Bedford around 8 miles north of Bedford. It had a population of 2,293 at the time of the 2011 census. Sharnbrook has an upper school and a lower school, and Unilever has a research centre on the edge of the village that is intended to grow into a science park for use by various businesses.
Oakley is a village around 4 miles north west of Bedford with a population of 2,493 according to the 2011 census. The village has two schools, Oakley Lower School and Lincroft School while also being within the catchment area for the nearby Sharnbrook Upper School and Community College.
Wyboston is a village and ward about 10 miles north of Bedford, within the Borough of Bedford. The ward has a population of 4,480 according to recent estimates and is perhaps most notable for the adjacent Wyboston Lakes Golf Club including The Waterfront Hotel and Spa.
Riseley is a village roughly 10 miles north of Bedford with a population of around 1,286 according to the 2011 census. The village has two schools, a pub, a small police station a village hall and a care home for the elderly.