Find out more about conveyancing in Berkshire
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in Berkshire, you will need to appoint a lawyer to carry out the legal work for you. Our property lawyers have many years’ experience helping home buyers and sellers in Berkshire, and our pragmatic approach means that we move you in the shortest possible time.
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Conveyancing in Berkshire: A mover's guide
From rural idylls to busy commuter towns, Berkshire has a host of attractions for any home buyer.
The county's easy access to London adds to its appeal. From large and busy towns such as Reading and Bracknell to picture-postcard Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire has something for everyone.
Considering a home move to the royal county? We've got all the information you need on conveyancing in Berkshire.
What does conveyancing in Berkshire involve?
When you buy, sell, remortgage or transfer equity from a property, conveyancing is the term used for the paperwork and legal formalities that are part of the process. For example, if you are buying a home in Berkshire, a conveyancing solicitor will request searches, negotiate the price, exchange contracts and transfer the funds on completion day. Our Berkshire conveyancing solicitors take care of the legal legwork, so you don't have to worry. There's more information on Homeward Legal's conveyancing services here.
How do I get a quote for conveyancing in Berkshire?
Getting a quote for conveyancing in Berkshire is simple and only takes a few minutes. Head to our online quote builder, select your transaction of choice and enter a few details about yourself as well as the property. You'll get an instant quote on your screen and confirmation of your quote via email. You can also call Homeward Legal on seven days a week to get a quote in minutes and even arrange a callback at a time that's convenient to you.
Why should I choose a Berkshire conveyancing solicitor through Homeward Legal?
Homeward Legal is here for you when you need conveyancing in Berkshire. Here is why you can depend on us:
- The legal fee you are quoted for conveyancing in Berkshire will be exactly what you pay, with no hidden costs*.
- Our no-completion protection means you won't have to pay legal fees if your move fails to complete for any reason.
- We only work with fully qualified professionals regulated by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers or the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
- We always use plain English with no jargon, making sure each part of the conveyancing process is easy to understand.
- We're the proud recipients of hundreds of positive reviews on Trustpilot - a sure sign of the excellent customer satisfaction we provide.
*Your quote from Homeward Legal will cover common conveyancing costs in line with the information you've provided to us. Depending on the specific circumstances of your transaction, and after discussion with your solicitor, there may be additional non-standard fees which would be in addition to the fee quoted by Homeward Legal.
How much does conveyancing in Berkshire cost?
There is no definitive answer to how much the final fees for conveyancing in Berkshire will be because each transaction is unique. For example, the value of the property involved will affect the costs, and whether the property is leasehold or freehold has an effect on fees. Your Berkshire conveyancing costs for a property purchase will include search, Land Registry fees, solicitors' and bank transfer fees, Stamp Duty Land Tax*** and more. Read more in our guide to average conveyancing fees.
***Please Note; the government temporarily increased the amount at which stamp duty is paid to £500,000, for property sales in England and Northern Ireland. This was due to end on 31 March, but it was announced in the 2021 Budget that it will now end on 30 June. After this date, the starting rate of stamp duty will be £250,000 until the end of September. Stamp duty will then return to the level of £125,000.
The conveyancing process explained
Read our step-by-step guide to the conveyancing process.
Where are Berkshire's best home-mover destinations?
Berkshire is set to be one of the greatest beneficiaries of Crossrail, the major rail project that will improve London's east-west links. And it's easy to see the county is already attracting movers who want that easy and improved access to the capital.
Last year the Berkshire towns of Slough and Bracknell were named the most popular destinations for home movers leaving London. Slough is just 18 minutes from London Paddington while Bracknell is Berkshire's hi-tech capital.
The historic town of Windsor with its Georgian and Victorian mansions is obviously one of the most desirable locations in Berkshire, as are nearby Maidenhead and racing's home of Newbury. Reading is Berkshire's biggest town and home to the university.
Other popular Berkshire spots are the likes of Wokingham, Cookham and Waltham St Lawrence.
How much does an average property cost in Berkshire?
There is an enormous variety of property available across Berkshire. Windsor has large Georgian and Victorian homes that sell at the top of the market and are much sought after. This also applies to Maidenhead's luxury properties and modern purpose-built apartment blocks.
The most affordable spots are the likes of Slough, Reading and Bracknell with 1920s detached homes and Victorian terraces alongside newbuilds and more contemporary property.
For an idea of how much an average property will cost in Berkshire, check out the Land Registry's data on sold property prices.
In Windsor and Maidenhead, for example, the most recent average sold price for property is £475,741. For Reading, the average sold price is £284,963 while Slough has an average sold price of £299,979.
Is conveyancing in Berkshire slower when buying a leasehold property?
England has two types of property tenure: leasehold and freehold. There are around four million leasehold properties across England and Wales, mostly flats and apartments but many houses, too. Leaseholders only own the property and not the land on which it stands, which remains in the ownership of a freeholder (landowner). Buying leasehold can occasionally be more complicated and take a little longer because a Berkshire conveyancing solicitor must make specific enquiries related to a purchase. Our detailed guide to buying leasehold will tell you all you need to know.
Which council has control of schooling in Berkshire?
The UK's most famous school, Eton, has its home in Windsor. However, for those looking for information on both private and state schooling across the county, Berkshire has six local authorities. They are the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead; Reading Borough Council; Slough Borough Council; West Berkshire Council; Bracknell Forest Borough Council; and Wokingham Borough Council.
You can check the Ofsted ratings for your chosen school on the government website.
Does Berkshire property have an increased flood risk?
Heavier rainfall and storms over recent years have led to serious flooding events across all areas of England. Parts of Berkshire may be at increased risk of river flooding: for example, the River Thames flows through the county. Wherever you are buying in Berkshire, your conveyancing solicitor can instruct a flood-risk search to reveal any potential threat from all types of flooding. Check out the Environment Agency's own guide to flood risk across England.
What searches do I need for Berkshire conveyancing?
Any conveyancing solicitor for a Berkshire property purchase will talk you through the essential searches required to complete your transaction. We have created an informative guide to all searches needed for conveyancing. Some of the most common ones are a local authority search that details planning consents and information about proposed roads or developments. This search is also helpful if you are buying a property in a conservation area where special planning rules apply. An environmental search exposes any concerns around contaminated land, usually former industrial land or reclaimed brownfield sites for new developments. Another vital search in Berkshire is one for chancel repair liability, a historic charge dating back to the creation of the Church of England. Read more in our detailed guide.
Is Berkshire good for commuters?
Berkshire is ideally situated as an excellent commuter base, which will only improve when Crossrail opens in 2021 and connects Reading, Maidenhead and Slough with improved services to London
Currently Reading has around 13 trains an hour to London Paddington, which includes an express 30-minute service. Maidenhead, Hungerford, Kintbury and Newbury are also connected to London Paddington.
Road links are also plentiful, including the M4 motorway connecting the county to the M25 and the wider UK road network.
Did you know?
Windsor Great Park dates to Saxon times and has been a hunting ground for the Royal Family since the 13th century. Most of the 5,000-acre park is open to the public. At its centre is Windsor Castle, the world's largest inhabited castle.
Berkshire is home to the National Trust's oldest tree. The Ankerwycke Yew at Runnymede is estimated to be 2,500 years old, and legend says Henry VIII wooed Anne Boelyn under its branches.
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Towns and districts within this county include:
Ascot, Binfield, Bracknell, Calcot, Caversham, Cippenham, Colnbrook, Cookham, Crowthorne, Datchet, Earley, Easthampstead, Finchampstead, Hermitage, Hungerford, Langley, Lower-Earley, Maidenhead, Mortimer, Old-Windsor, Pangbourne, Sandhurst, Shinfield, Slough, Sunningdale, Sunninghill, Thatcham, Theale, Tilehurst, Twyford, Warfield, Wargrave, Windsor, Winnersh, Wokingham, Woodley, Worlds-End, Wraysbury