Residential conveyancing

Our Residential Conveyancing experts

Bakshi Dhanda
Partner
Chris Howe
Conveyancing Executive
Gamze Koker
Solicitor
Jacqui Gurden
Conveyancing Assistant
Janice Anderson
Chartered Legal Executive
Kah Yet Lim
Paralegal
Karen Hazell
New Business Assistant
Kate Moxham
Conveyancing Executive
Katie Huggett
Conveyancing Assistant
Katie Jackson
Associate
Lucy Burns
Licensed Conveyancer
Lynn Richardson
Head of New Business
Mona Bhamra
Partner
Ruth Bartrip
Conveyancing Assistant
Samantha Revell
Conveyancing Assistant
Sophie Bews
Conveyancing Assistant
Tahmina Mannan
Partner
Thomas Charlesworth
Conveyancing Assistant
Danielle Morgan
Conveyancing Assistant

Pricing

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Guides

All the right moves
Buying a home
Selling a home
At Gepp Solicitors we help lighten the load by guiding you to a faster, smoother house move.

It’s something we’ve been doing for years, giving us the expertise to ensure every detail of the conveyancing process is properly taken care of, making things simple for you and avoiding any unnecessary delays or other problems.

But it’s our personal approach that sets us apart. Our specialist residential conveyancing team takes time to understand your situation and what you need to achieve. We’ll then work out the most direct route to achieving the result you want and talk you through everything you need to know in plain English.

We know how important your move is to you, so we treat it with the same importance. Our team will be there every step of the way, making sure the whole conveyancing process goes ahead smoothly and on schedule. We’re also Conveyancing Quality Scheme accredited, so you can be reassured that we do everything to the highest legal standards.

When you use our conveyancing team, we want you to have complete confidence, so if you have any questions, just ask!

For a free conveyancing quote please click the below or call us on 01245 343980.

How we make conveyancing easier for you

We know what a headache moving can be, which is why we’ll do our best to make the whole process easier for you. So, how exactly do we do that?

When you let us handle your conveyancing, we’ll provide:

  • A full written estimate of all known conveyancing fees to help you budget for your move
  • Regular, clear updates – no jargon, just plain English
  • Practical help at every stage of your move
  • Experienced lawyers looking after you
  • A tailored service for more unusual property purchases.

Ultimately, the biggest difference we can make to your move is by making sure you get all the help you need from day one. The quicker we can get things moving, the easier it is for us to help you hit your desired moving date. The longer things take, the more risk there is of things not going to plan.

That is why we always take a proactive approach to our work, anticipating any potential problems or delays and finding fast, effective ways around them, so your move stays on track.

We also know how frustrating it can be if you don’t feel like your concerns or questions are being heard, or if you’re left in the dark about what’s going on with your conveyancing. That is why, when you use our conveyancing team, we’ll make sure you’re kept up-to-date at all times and there’s always someone to answer your questions. We want to make sure you never find yourself wondering how the process is going or when the next stage of the transaction will take place.

Free home mover quotation

Whether you are buying and/or selling, Our New
Business Team is here to provide new and existing
clients with a full breakdown of all known costs
from the outset.

Free home mover quotation

Whether you are buying and/or selling, Our New Business Team is here to provide new and existing clients with a full breakdown of all known costs from the outset.

Our conveyancing fees and costs

We know that cost is usually a key consideration when deciding who to use for your conveyancing. We are committed to transparency over our pricing and want to make it as simple as possible for you to budget for your move.

For a free, instant quote, please use our simple conveyancing calculator.

For more general information about our residential property fees and costs, please take a look at our pricing guide.

When planning a move, there are also various other costs you will need to cover in addition to your conveyancer’s legal fees. These costs are usually fixed, meaning they should be the same no matter which conveyancing firm you use. However, they will vary depending on factors such as the value of your property and specific issues related to the type of property and its location.

Some of the likely costs involved in buying or selling a property may include:

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • Land Registry Fees
  • Search Fees (including local, water and environment searches etc)
  • Buying and Selling Legal Fees (our charges)

We will be happy to explain these costs to you and make sure you have a clear picture of the exact costs involved before you commit to using our conveyancing service. Please get in touch to find out more.

All the right moves

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the daunting task of purchasing a property? Look no further! Our guide on what to consider when buying a property is here to help you make informed decisions and ease your worries.

All the right moves

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the daunting task of purchasing a property? Look no further! Our guide on what to consider when buying a property is here to help you make informed decisions and ease your worries.

Online conveyancing

An increasing number of people are now asking about ‘online conveyancing’ or ‘digital conveyancing’ as they look to make the process of buying or selling a property faster and more convenient.

What this means is that we can deliver the entire conveyancing process via email and over the phone, so there is no longer a need for you to physically visit our offices. This allows you to fit the conveyancing process around your schedule, meaning you don’t need to take time out of work or away from your family in order to sort out the business of buying or selling a property.

When dealing with your conveyancing in this way, we still offer exactly the same high quality, reliable service with exactly the same checks and protections. This means you can get the very best conveyancing service with all of the speed and convenience of modern technology and processes.

Our residential conveyancing expertise

We can offer an expert and highly reliable conveyancing for all types of residential properties, including:

  • Sale and purchase of freehold property
  • Sale, purchase and lease renewals for leasehold property
  • Heritage and Historic Buildings
  • Small Holdings & Equestrian
  • City Town Houses, Apartments & Pied-à-Terre
  • Town, Village and Rural Country Houses

Need help with something a bit more niche? Please get in touch.

Our specialist Stamp Duty Land Tax advice

If you have bought a property or are considering making a purchase the chances are that you paid or will have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) – but have you considered whether you have paid the correct amount of tax?

In England and Northern Ireland you’re usually liable to pay SDLT on increasing portions of the acquisition price when you buy property or land costing above a certain amount.

SDLT has become much more complex in recent years, especially following the advent of the 3% surcharge for second properties and the multitude of reliefs available on some transactions.

Marc Dorsett is our SDLT specialist adviser and has a track record of saving clients many thousands of pounds in SDLT. For full details on this service and how to enquire whether you are eligible, click here.

Capital gains tax on residential property

If you are selling a property that has not been your main residence throughout your ownership, or a property that is a buy-to-let, you may have capital gains tax to pay.

Under current legislation, when a UK residential property is sold, and capital gains tax is due, there is a requirement to notify HMRC within 60 days. Any tax due must be paid by the same deadline. To find out more please click here or contact our Tax Director, Marc Dorsett.

Our residential property services for estate agents and brokers

We have a long track record of working successfully with many of the estate agents and brokers in the area. Please click here to see how we can help you.

Get in touch with our residential conveyancing solicitors in Chelmsford, Essex

Thinking of buying and/or selling a property? Use our conveyancing calculator for an instant quote.

If you want to find out more about the services we can offer you, please feel free to get in touch with our conveyancing solicitors in Chelmsford or call 01245 343980 now.

Call us
Main number: 01245 343980

Email us
Main email: newbusiness@gepp.co.uk

Do you have Defence Privilege Card or a Blue Light Card?

Gepp Solicitors are proud to support the individuals who work within the NHS, emergency services, social care sector and armed forces. To show how much we value their hard work, we have teamed up with Blue Light Card and Defence Discount Service to offer discounts off a range of our Residential Conveyancing services.

If you work or volunteer with any of the above and hold a Blue Light Card or a Defence Privilege Card we can offer you a discount off our charges for the following services:

  • Freehold sale or purchase
  • Leasehold sale and purchase
  • Re-mortgage
  • Transfer of Equity

Receive a full £100.00 off each sale or purchase transaction, or £50.00 off a re-mortgage or transfer of equity.

You must notify us that you are a Blue Light Card or a Defence Privilege Card holder at the point of enquiry. The discount will only be applicable for direct enquires via email or through our website. This offer will not be available for anyone referred by one of our referral agents.

For more information about our Blue Light Card offering, visit our dedicated Blue Light Card page.

Residential conveyancing FAQs

Do I have to pay stamp duty land tax if I am gifting a property or part of a property to someone?

When gifting a property or a share of a property to someone, you may still have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) depending on various factors, such as the property’s value and your relationship with the transferee.  If the property is being gifted for no consideration (money or other assets in exchange), SDLT is usually not payable. However, if there is a mortgage on the property or if the transferee assumes any outstanding debt, SDLT may apply. It’s crucial to seek advice from a legal or tax professional to understand your specific circumstances and any potential tax implications.

Am I a first-time buyer if my spouse owns a property?

Whether you are considered a first-time buyer if your spouse owns a property depends on the specific criteria set by lenders and government schemes. In some cases, if your spouse owns a property, you may be considered a non-first-time buyer, which can impact your eligibility for certain mortgage products and government incentives aimed at first-time buyers. It’s essential to discuss your situation with a mortgage advisor or solicitor to understand how your spouse’s property ownership may affect your status as a first-time buyer.

If I own property abroad will this be taken in to account by HMRC for stamp duty purposes when I buy a property in the UK?

When purchasing a property in the UK, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) may consider your ownership of property abroad when calculating Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) liability. Owning property abroad can affect your overall financial position and may influence the amount of SDLT you are required to pay. It’s essential to disclose all relevant property ownership details to your solicitor or conveyancer so they can provide accurate advice and ensure compliance with tax regulations.

When should I instruct a solicitor if I am looking to buy a property at auction?

It’s advisable to instruct a solicitor as early as possible when considering buying a property at auction. Purchasing a property at auction involves various legal complexities and time-sensitive processes, and having legal representation from the outset can help ensure a smooth transaction. A solicitor can review the auction pack, identify any legal issues or risks, advise on the auction process and bidding strategy, and handle all legal aspects of the purchase, including contracts and completion.

If my property is vacant is there anything I can do to safeguard against fraud?

If your property is vacant, there are several steps you can take to safeguard against fraud and unauthorised occupation. These include registering the property with the Land Registry’s Property Alert service, which notifies you of any activity on your property, such as changes to the register or mortgage applications. Additionally, you can install security measures such as locks, alarms, and CCTV cameras to deter potential intruders. It’s also essential to ensure that all contact details with relevant authorities, such as the Land Registry and local council, are up to date to receive timely notifications of any suspicious activity. Consulting with a legal advisor can provide further guidance on specific measures to protect your vacant property against fraud.

Gepp Solicitors have a long track record of working successfully with many of the estate agents and brokers in the area.

Gepp Solicitors have a long track record of working successfully with many of the estate agents and brokers in the area.

Our Residential Conveyancing experts

Bakshi Dhanda
Partner
Gamze Koker
Solicitor
Janice Anderson
Chartered Legal Executive
Karen Hazell
New Business Assistant
Kate Moxham
Conveyancing Assistant
Katie Jackson
Associate
Mona Bhamra
Partner
Samantha Revell
Conveyancing Assistant
Tahmina Mannan
Partner
Danielle Morgan
Conveyancing Assistant
Chris Howe
Conveyancing Executive
Jacqui Gurden
Conveyancing Assistant
Kah Yet Lim
Paralegal
Katie Huggett
Conveyancing Assistant
Lucy Burns
Licensed Conveyancer
Lynn Richardson
Head of New Business
Ruth Bartrip
Conveyancing Assistant
Sophie Bews
Conveyancing Assistant
Thomas Charlesworth
Conveyancing Assistant
Bakshi Dhanda
Partner
Chris Howe
Conveyancing Executive
Gamze Koker
Solicitor
Jacqui Gurden
Conveyancing Assistant
Janice Anderson
Chartered Legal Executive
Kah Yet Lim
Paralegal
Karen Hazell
New Business Assistant
Kate Moxham
Conveyancing Assistant
Katie Huggett
Conveyancing Assistant
Katie Jackson
Associate
Lucy Burns
Licensed Conveyancer
Lynn Richardson
Head of New Business
Mona Bhamra
Partner
Ruth Bartrip
Conveyancing Assistant
Samantha Revell
Conveyancing Assistant
Sophie Bews
Conveyancing Assistant
Tahmina Mannan
Partner
Thomas Charlesworth
Conveyancing Assistant
Danielle Morgan
Conveyancing Assistant

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