Conveyancing solicitors in Bedfordshire
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Bedfordshire we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly conveyancing service to clients in Bedfordshire, throughout Bedfordshire and all over England, Wales and beyond.
If you are buying a detached house in Bedfordshire, selling a terraced house in Luton, downsizing to a bungalow in Bedford, or buying to let in Leighton Buzzard, we can help you with your conveyancing.
Why should you use Bird and Co Solicitors for your conveyancing in Bedfordshire?
We offer a friendly, modern and efficient service. If you want to deal with proper 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. You can guarantee that your query will reach the right people, whether you want to ask about search fees in Bedfordshire, drainage and water fees in Bedfordshire or something else.
"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 Bedfordshire. This is a guarantee that our processes and procedures have been approved, that we operate to a certain standard, and is a mark of the excellence of our service approved by the Law Society, the body which represents 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 don't you need a conveyancer based in Bedfordshire?
In the old days you used your local solicitor. You would visit their office in the centre of Bedfordshire, and all documents would be hand-produced and posted or delivered by hand.
That service came at a price, but 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 Bedfordshire 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, and once we 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. You need never leave Bedfordshire - our conveyancers will talk you through the process via phone and email, and everything works just as smoothly as it would if we were just down the road.
Online Conveyancing in Bedfordshire
There isn't really any such thing as online conveyancing. Clients come to us for conveyancing in Bedfordshire, Luton, Leighton Buzzard and all sorts of other places, having first found us via our website.
After that, the relationship between you and your conveyancer is the same as any other. We have the same professional obligations towards you, and deal with your conveyancing file in the same way.
It might feel like online conveyancing because you can talk to us through email on your computer, but really it is proper conveyancing.
Search Fees in Bedfordshire
Every local authority is different. We use an excellent, trusted national search provider, which means we can provide searches to clients in Bedfordshireand all over the country, knowing that we will get a product we're 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 Bedfordshire. 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 Bedfordshire 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 Bedfordshire or away from Bedfordshire to somewhere else, our conveyancing team can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
Fees for conveyancing in Bedfordshire
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 Bedfordshire.
There are some aspects of our conveyancing fees which 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.
Introduction to Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire is a county in the East of England, bordering the counties of Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. It has a population of 617,000 as of mid 2014, and much of this population can be found in towns such as Luton and Bedford, both having populations of near 200,000. That said, there are also a number of other towns, such as Leighton Buzzard, which are also significant in their own right.
Bedford is the county town of Bedfordshire, and the administrative centre of the Borough of Bedford. The town itself has a population of 81,635, however it is 157,479 if you include the surrounding ares. The town 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 towns 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 globally renown films, 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. Bedford Town F.C play at the eight level of the English football league system and Bedford F.C play at the 11th.
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.
In terms of transport, Bedford is significantly well connected. 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.
Luton is a large town, borough and unitary authority area in Bedfordshire. It has a population of 210,962.
Previously, Luton's economy revolved around industry such as Brick Making and Straw Plaiting, however, in more recent years the town has developed through the development of its automation industry.
For instance, Vauxhall had a large production plant until 2002 which at its peak employed over 30,000 people. Vauxhall's headquarters are still located in the town. Other notable firms in the town include EasyJet, Impellam Group, Monarch Airlines and Thomson UK. AstraZeneca, Whitbread and Ernst & Young also have offices in the town.
Retail also plays an important role in the town. There is a large shopping centre; The Mall Luton, which accommodates over 120 shops. It was opened in 1972, but has since received extensive redevelopment work, including in 2011/12 when a new square was constructed to host leisure events. There are also other popular shopping streets, including High Town and George Street , which was pedestrianised in the 1990s. Bury Park, which is located just one mile from the town centre, is also a popular shopping destination and has shops suited to the town's ethnic minorities.
Whilst tourism is not overly apparent in the town, it does have many facilities and events which certainly attract visitors. For instance, Luton International Carnival is the country's largest one day festival, and second only to the Notting Hill Carnival. It often hosts crowds around 150,000, and provides a wide range of events, especially musical.
The town's Library Theatre has 238 seats and provides a wide range of theatrical events. There are also numerous museums, parks and other attractions.
Another attraction in the town is Kenilworth Road, the home of Luton Town Football Club has a capacity of over 11,000, and can therefore accommodate a large number of home and away fans. The club was promoted from the conference league in 2014 and now consequently play in the Football League Two.
Luton is located just 30 miles north from the centre of London, and therefore the town's reliable transport facilities are frequently used by a large footfall of commuters. The town is connected to the M1 motorway as well as the A6 and A505 roads. The M1 is the most frequently used road in terms of travelling to London.
There are also three railway stations in the town; Luton, Luton Airport Parkway and Leagrave. First Capital Connect provides services down to Brighton via Central London, and East Midlands Trains provide frequent services to areas such as Leicester, Nottingham, Lincoln, Sheffield and Leeds to the north, as well as notable locations such as St Pancras International to the south.
Luton Airport is also one of the country's primary airports, and is a hub for EasyJet, Monarch, Thomson and Ryanair.