If you’re moving to Northampton, you’ll need to hire a verified conveyancer to handle the legal side of your property purchase. Rest assured, Compare My Move can connect you with up to 5 licensed and trusted conveyancers, helping you save up to 70% on your conveyancing costs in Northampton.
Every partner that joins our Compare My Move conveyancing network must pass our strict verification process, meaning they must be regulated by the SRA, CLC, LSS or LSNI. Your conveyancer will not only handle the legal aspects of your house purchase, but they will also organise all the essential searches that must be conducted on the home and surrounding land.
Compare conveyancing quotes today by completing our simple online form. We only work with the best conveyancers and conveyancing solicitors in the business, ensuring you receive first-class services that’ll help you through the buying process.
Juno Property Lawyers Ltd, 43-51 New North Road, London, N1 6LU
Juno are a team of licensed conveyancers who will help you when you want to buy or sell a house.
"Absolutely fantastic, the best experience weve ever had with buying or selling AND weve moved a lot!Excellent communication, personable and a fabulous team, we will use Juno again without failThank you Juno team "
Ross Coates Solicitors
Ross Coates Solicitors, Unit 5-7 Alpha Business Park, Ipswich, IP1 5LT
Ross Coates Solicitors have over 25 years providing our professional and trusted residential conveyancing service across Wales and England.
Alexander Grace Law
A G Law, 7 Kestrel Court, Burnley, BB11 5NA
Alexander Grace Law is an award-winning residential conveyancer, winning ESTAS Best Conveyancer in the North West and County in both 2018 and 2019.
"They were on top of matters. The team were always helpful and kept me informed on most issues. The only slight criticism is I found it hard sometimes to actually speak to someone on the phone which may well be a fault of mine as I am not good with online communication but we got through it."
Attwells Solicitors LLP
Attwells Solicitors LLP, 18 North Hill, Colchester, CO1 1DZ
Attwells Solicitors are a first-class conveyancing solicitor who specialise in conveyancing for buying, selling and both.
"Amazing service, communication, highly recommend Attwells, great work Many thanks."
Connect2law, 5 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2PR
Muve Conveyancers are proud to provide our expert conveyancing service across England and Wales.
"Great experience, really ontop of things"
My Law Matters
Regus, 84 Salop Street, Wolverhampton, WV3 0SR
First established in 1986, My Law Matters are professional conveyancing solicitors regulated by the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority.
Moving Direct Property
Suffolk Enterprise Centre, Felaw Maltings, Ipswich, IP2 8SJ
Moving Direct Property can offer an expert and professional conveyancing service all across the UK. We specialise in helping with the sale of a property.
My Home Move Conveyancing
My Home Move Ltd, 5 Barton Close, Leicester, LE19 1SJ
At My Home Move Conveyancing, we understand that buying, selling and remortgaging a house can be a stressful process - that is why we provide professional conveyancing services to make the process clearer, easier and better for every client.
"Lovely company to deal with and once my account was created correspondence was dealt with on line which made for a very smooth process."
22-36 Collingwood Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1JF
Home Solicitors are a firm of residential conveyancers based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, covering the areas of Blackburn, Bolton, Chester, Blackpool, Huddersfield, Halifax, Oldham, Preston and Stockport.
Brevis Conveyancing Solicitors
Brevis, Kings Court, Stevenage, SG1 2NG
Brevis Conveyancing Solicitors are a firm of client-based conveyancing solicitors offering help to home movers across the UK.
Taylor Rose MW
Taylor Rose M W, 69 Carter Lane, London, EC4V 5EQ
With a 100 year heritage, Taylor Rose MW are one of the leading law firms in England and Wales.
Whitestone Solicitors Limited
Whitestone Solicitors, 2 West Street, Rochdale, OL16 2EN
Whitestone Solicitors Limited are a team of professional conveyancing solicitors who make every effort to excel in client care and satisfaction.
A key role your conveyancer will have is organising the relevant conveyancing searches on the land on which your home resides. The results will inform potential buyers of any risks within the area, if there are planning permissions in place and if the area has been previously used for mining works which can affect the ground’s stability.
These searches will be essential for your property purchase and so it’s important you read through the reports thoroughly. They will detail any current or future concerns about the area you’ve chosen within Northampton. You can view some of these searches on Northampton Borough Council’s Land Charges webpage.
Each search contains vital factors that will affect your decision to go through with the sale. They are designed to highlight any hazards and risks with regards to the property in question, allowing you to make an informed decision before continuing with the transaction.
One of these searches is called a Local Authority Search which is split into two sections, LLC1 and CON29. The costs for these are listed on Northampton Borough Council’s Land Charges Fees, Charges and Payments page. We gathered these prices and presented them in the table below. For a full Official LLC1 and CON29R Enquiries Search, the cost will be £108.
Official LLC1 Only Certificate of Search
£48.00 inc VAT
This includes details of any restrictions or prohibitions on the land/property and any financial charges held against it. It is exempt from VAT.
£18.00 inc VAT
Questions 4-22 inclusive when submitted with an accompanying CON29R form.
Official LLC1 and CON29R Enquiries Search
£108.00 inc VAT
This will contain both the Official compiled LLC1 report and the Official compiled CON29.
With the River Nene flowing through Northampton, there are a number of locations that will have a high risk of potential flooding. By using the UK Flood Risk Map, you can see that the rivers throughout the area greatly increase the risk, as well as the potential for surface water flooding.
Streets such as Greenwood Road and Stanley Road are most prone to flood alerts due to them being within close proximity to the River Nene. If you’re searching for properties within these areas, it’s vital you discuss the results of the Environmental Search with your conveyancer to highlight whether the property you’re interested in is within a high-risk street.
For a more thorough search, you can use the Northamptonshire County Council’s Flood Map which will identify the properties by postcodes. Many of the properties within Northampton are labelled as a ‘medium’ risk according to this map, meaning there is a 1 in 100 chance of flooding from surface water. Any postcode labelled as ‘high risk’ has a 1 in 30 chance of flooding.
If the property you’re viewing resides in a high or medium risk area, discuss the Environmental Search results with your conveyancer to assess the potential damage that could be caused through flooding. The local council should have a drainage maintenance plan available for you to view if you’re particularly concerned by surface water floods.
As part of the Environmental Search organised by your conveyancer, a ground stability search will also be completed to uncover any unstable ground surrounding your property. The results may highlight issues concerning subsidence, landslides or any other factors that could cause the ground to become unstable in Northampton.
The UK Subsidence Map doesn’t show Northampton as a high-risk area. However, as it’s a few hours from London, there are pockets of areas that are currently at risk of subsidence. They are mostly medium risk areas but it’s something to consider when viewing properties. As London is a densely populated location, the ground becomes unstable from the amount of pressure it’s under. Northampton will be affected by this ever so slightly, making the ground stability report important for homeowners.
The ‘England and Wales Clay Hazards Map’ portrays Northampton as on the cusp of Hazard Level D and Hazard Level A to C areas. This means that some of the soil Northampton properties are built on will be more prone to shrinking and swelling under added pressure or a change in temperature. Hazard Level A to C areas are not of concern but if your property is situated on a piece of land labelled as a Hazard Level D, the risk of subsidence may increase.
According to the UK Radon Map, many areas of Northampton are high-risk zones for radon gas emissions. Radon gas is a natural but radioactive gas that is formed by the decay of small amounts of uranium that occur naturally in rocks and soils. It is both odourless and colourless and can cause health issues in high doses.
Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer after tobacco so it’s vital that you’re aware of the levels and risks in the area before purchasing a property. Once the conveyancing searches are complete, your conveyancer will be able to report on the levels of radon gas in the area you’re interested in buying property.
In Northampton, streets such as Thirlestane Road and Delapre Street are in raised radon areas according to the UK Government's Public Health England. This means that properties situated here will have a higher chance of experiencing high levels of radon emissions. These areas will have a maximum radon potential of 30+%.
When viewing the UK Radon Map, you can see that there is a strong line of high-risk areas running through the centre of Northampton. If you’re viewing homes here, speak to your conveyancer and read through the results of the searches with them. They can help you determine your next steps and whether your health would be at risk.
Another key factor of the Environmental Search is the Contaminated Land Searches your conveyancer will organise. This will review historical land use, current and recent industrial use and waste and landfill. Many areas considered as contaminated land will contain substances that can cause significant harm to properties, animals or residents.
Northampton has a long history of industrial development, but according to the Northampton Borough Council’s Contaminated Land Register, there are currently 0 sites that are considered as contaminated in the borough. Any land that has previously been affected have been correctly cleaned and remedied before developments began. It’s important to keep viewing this register when possible, however, as any new records of contamination will be presented here.
If you’re concerned about any potential for contamination, you can read through the council’s Contaminated Land Planning Guidance to get a better understanding of what developers will be looking out for going forward and how any future sites will be remedied.