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Conveyancing Solicitors in Kent

Buying or selling your home really doesn’t need to be a stressful experience, as long as you have the support of an experienced professional to guide you and protect your best interests. When it comes to residential property conveyancing In Kent, there is no-one with more experience or a better reputation than Martin Tolhurst.

Our residential property experience is unrivalled – and we have the awards and thousands of happy customers to prove it. We will help you achieve your move as quickly and painlessly as possible, keeping you and your money safe, now and in the future.

Whether you are selling or buying (or both), if it is a flat or a house, or if your re-mortgaging or transferring property, we can assist you from any of our 4 Kent locations with our bespoke, tailored service.

When you use our award-winning conveyancing services, we offer:

  • A fixed costs estimate at the outset so you can budget with certainty.
  • One of our specialist conveyancers to act for you every step of the way, from the opening of your file until after completion of your home.
  • A quick, personal service to guide you through the home buying maze.
  • 24/7 case tracking using our on-line tracking tool, so you can instantly see the progress on your case with your unique password and username.
  • Regular updates and advice by email, phone, letter or text.
  • Plain English advice and answers to your questions.

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Speak to our conveyancing solicitors in Kent now

For reliable, efficient conveyancing in South East England or throughout the UK, please contact your local Martin Tolhurst office in Gillingham, Longfield, Ashford, or Sittingbourne now.

Alternatively, you can get in touch by emailing

Why choose Martin Tolhurst for your conveyancing?

We’re the largest conveyancing firm in the South East

Martin Tolhurst Solicitors are the South East’s largest residential conveyancing Firm according to Land Registry figures for the last 4 years. We have helped over 13000 people in Kent move homes in that period.

We’re award-winners

Our residential property team are award winning – we won the industry leading LFS Conveyancing Firm of the Year for London and the South East in 2015 & 2018 and were Highly Commended in 2016, 2017 and 2019. Gemma Nie also won overall individual conveyancer of the year in 2019 .

 We also have Conveyancing Quality Standard accreditation status from the Law Society.

We have a 91% customer satisfaction rating

Most importantly, our clients rate our service highly – in 2022 over 200 conveyancing clients returned surveys to us and 91% confirmed they would use us again or recommend us to friend.

We have a rating 4.2 out of 5 for our Review Solicitors score and are rated 1st in the South East for Conveyancing.

How to sell a home

The Goverment's ‘How To Sell Guide’ provides homeowners with a helpful overview of the process of selling a home.

It sets out:

  • the important steps along the way to selling a property
  • which organisations can help
  • where readers can find more information

Click here and DOWNLOAD the useful guide directly from the website.

How to buy a home

The Governments ‘How To Buy Guide’ provides homeowners and prospective homeowners with a helpful overview of the process of buying a home.

It sets out:

  • the important steps along the way to purchasing a property
  • which organisations can help
  • where readers can find more information

Click here and DOWNLOAD the useful guide directly from the website.

Your conveyancing questions answered

What does a conveyancing solicitor do?

As conveyancing solicitors, our job is to handle the legal side of buying or selling your home. We also handle the transfer of funds between buyers, sellers and/or their mortgage providers.

Specific issues we can assist with include:

  • Preparing contracts of sale and sellers reports
  • Reviewing contracts of sale for buyers
  • Querying any potential issues with the property of contacts
  • Negotiating any necessary amendments to the contracts of sale
  • Carrying out conveyancing checks
  • Handling the exchange of contracts that makes the sale legally binding
  • Facilitating the transfer of funds
  • Dealing with the payment of any Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) due on the property
  • Updating the property’s title deeds with the Land Registry

How long does conveyancing take?

This will entirely depend on the property and circumstances, but in general most sales can be exchanged in around 4-12 weeks. The industry average is currently 11 weeks from instruction to exchange. 

There are three standard checks that will be carried out for most property types:

Local Authority Search – To identify any potential issues with the property (e.g. listed status) or the surrounding area (e.g. a new road or property development nearby).

Water and Property Search – To find out who is responsible for the water supply, sewers and drains for the property, as well as if any public sewers or drains run under the property.

Environmental Search – To see if there may be any issues connected to previous use of the land e.g. subsidence, flooding or land contamination.

Other types of checks might be needed depending on the property and any specific reasons for concern e.g. if you are in a former mining area a mining report may be required.

Do I need a building survey when buying a house?

We would always recommend having a building survey before buying any property – even new build properties often have issues that need to be identified so the developer can rectify them.

There are various types of building survey you can have offering different levels of thoroughness and at different prices. You should always make sure the survey is carried out by a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Condition Report – The most basic and least costly, this provides an indication of the property’s general condition but does not include a valuation or advice on how to resolve any issues or the likely costs involved.

HomeBuyer Report – A surface level examination of the property looking for issues such as subsidence and damp. The report may include a property valuation but not specific advice or costs for remedying any issues.

Building Survey/Full Structural Survey – The most comprehensive type of survey involving a thorough examination of the property, including the potential for hidden defects. This will include a valuation of the property and advice on any work that needs to be done to resolve issues with the property and the likely costs involved.

Speak to our conveyancing solicitors in Kent today

We will provide you with expert legal advice and guidance for every stage of conveyancing, giving you the simple, reliable and cost-effective service you deserve.

To find out more, please contact your local Martin Tolhurst office in Gillingham, Longfield, Ashford, or Sittingbourne.

Alternatively, you can get in touch by emailing