Find out more about conveyancing in Bristol

If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in Bristol, 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 Bristol, and our pragmatic approach means that we move you in the shortest possible time.

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Conveyancing in Bristol: A mover's guide

Regularly voted the best place to live in the UK, alongside other accolades such as best green city and city with kindest residents, Bristol is a delightful mix of old and new.

The city's waterfront has long been one of its greatest assets and is today at the centre of a vibrant regeneration that has brought new residents back into the heart of Bristol. Period properties mingle with modern apartments and newbuilds, making Bristol an enticing prospect for young professionals and families alike.

Got your eye on going west? We answer all the crucial questions on Bristol conveyancing.

What does conveyancing in Bristol involve?

Conveyancing is the term for the paperwork required in buying and selling property, remortgaging and a transfer of equity from a property. Your Bristol conveyancing solicitor carries out the legal formalities such as instructing searches, negotiating on the price, exchanging contracts and transferring funds on the day of completion. We only work with Bristol conveyancing solicitors who are fully qualified and experts in their field. Read more about all the conveyancing services Homeward Legal offers here.

How do I get a quote for conveyancing in Bristol?

Getting a quote for conveyancing in Bristol is simple and can be done in a matter of minutes. Use our online quote builder to get an instant quote for all conveyancing services. You'll be asked some details about you and the property involved in your transaction and get a quote in minutes. You can also get a quick quote by calling our team on or request a callback for a time that suits you. We're open seven days.

How much does conveyancing in Bristol cost?

There is no definitive answer on how much conveyancing in Bristol costs because each transaction is unique. A conveyancing transaction will include solicitor and Land Registry fees, surveyor costs and Stamp Duty Land Tax***. The final bill will also include fees for searches and bank transfers. For an idea of conveyancing costs in Bristol, check out our guide to average conveyancing fees.

The Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday of up to £500,000 ended on the 30th June 2021. However, there is still temporary relief in place until 31st September 2021 up to £250,000, with the stamp duty rate ranging from 2% to 12% of the purchase price in England and Northern Ireland. After then, stamp duty will revert back to the normal threshold of £125,000.

The conveyancing process explained

Read our step-by-step guide to the conveyancing process.

How much does the average property cost in Bristol?

The most up-to-date figures from the Land Registry for sold house prices show that the average property in Bristol sells for £287,747. A detached home goes for an average £544,409 and a semi-detached for £353,567. Terraced properties reach an average sold price of £296,569 and flats and maisonettes £225,909.

What will my council tax add up to in Bristol?

Bristol City Council sets the council tax rates for the city. Each residential property is allocated into one of eight bands, depending on its valuation - find out which band your property is in here.

Bristol's 2020-21 council tax rates are:

Tax BandCharges
Band A£1,374.01
Band B£1,603.04
Band C£1,832.02
Band D£2,061.03
Band E£2,519.04
Band F£2,977.05
Band G£3,435.04
Band H£4,122.04

How good are Bristol's broadband speeds?

Bristol is benefiting from the rollout of ultra-reliable full-fibre broadband as part of a £12billion project across England by Openreach. Check the potential speeds available at your chosen new property in the city with your postcode and a broadband comparison site.

How do schools rate in Bristol?

Bristol has 95 primary schools, 30 secondary and 27 sixth form and further education colleges. Ofsted currently rates 19 of those as outstanding. Look for the rating of your local school on the government school performance comparison website.

Bristol is the location of the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, attracting a combined student population of around 50,000 in every academic year.

Do we need a flood-risk search when buying in Bristol?

In recent years, the risk of flooding has increased across many parts of England and Wales, and Bristol is no exception. A recent news report noted that the opening of a new secondary school in the city has been delayed for a year because of fears over flooding. Ask your Bristol conveyancing solicitor to instruct a flood-risk search to reveal any flooding threat. You can also check the Environment Agency's flood-risk website to see if your proposed property purchase is in a flood-risk area.

How much of an issue is contaminated when buying property in Bristol?

Former industrial sites such as factories and landfill, mines and refineries can all leave a legacy of contamination. Potential pollution in the land that is a threat to the environment and health must be dealt with through remediation. Earlier in 2020, a planning application for social housing at a site in Bristol was rejected with some objectors citing concerns from neighbouring contaminated land. By law, Bristol City Council must keep a register of all land that has been identified as contaminated. To ensure your property purchase isn't affected, your Bristol conveyancing solicitor will instruct an environmental search from the city council.

Should I ask about a chancel liability search when buying in Bristol?

Chancel repair liability is a historic charge that can affect property and land lying within the boundary of a Church of England parish. Find out more in our informative guide to a liability that dates back to the 16th century, Henry VIII and the Reformation. Your Bristol conveyancing solicitor will advise you if a chancel liability search is essential for your property purchase.

What conservation areas in Bristol should we be aware of?

At the moment, Bristol has 33 conservation areas, which have been noted to be of special architectural or historical value. These include the City Docks and College Green. Stricter planning rules apply in conservation areas, meaning property owners should be wary of making any alterations without permission. When you're buying in Bristol, your conveyancing solicitor will commission a local authority search to show any current or historic planning consents.

Should I instruct a conveyancing solicitor before buying a property at auction in Bristol?

We would advise anyone intending to buy a property at auction to instruct a Bristol conveyancing solicitor before making any bids. The time frame for completing conveyancing at auction can be a tight one, often 28 days, and that means the pressure is on to do as much work beforehand. Read our comprehensive guide to conveyancing for auction property to find out more. We work with a nationwide team of property law firms with vast experience in completing auction purchases from the likes of Auction House London, Allsop (commercial and residential), Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Acuitus, Phillip Arnold Auctions, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers & Norris.

Did you know?

Cameron Balloons in Bedminster is the world's biggest manufacturer of hot-air balloons. In fact, Bristol is so synonymous with balloons it even has its own festival.

The BBC Natural History Unit has been based in Bristol since its creation in 1957 and is today the world's biggest producer of wildlife documentaries, including the award-laden The Blue Planet and Planet Earth with Sir David Attenborough.

Whatever service you need for conveyancing in Bristol - buying or selling, remortgaging or transferring equity - Homeward Legal is here to make the process as simple and cost-effective as possible. Get an instant quote online now or call to talk to our team. We're open late Monday to Friday and from 10am until 4pm at the weekend.

Areas within this city include:

Avonmouth, Bedminster, Berkeley, Bishopston, Bishopsworth, Blagdon, Bradley-Stoke, Brislington, Clifton, Clifton-Village, Coombe-Dingle, Cotham, Downend, Easton, Filton, Fishponds, Frenchay, Frenchay-Common, Henbury, Henleaze, Horfield, Hotwells, Long-Ashton, Montpelier, Nailsea, Redfield, Redland, Sea-Mills, Shirehampton, Sneyd-Park, Southmead, Southville, St-Andrews, St-Annes-Park, St-Werburghs, Stapleton, Stockwood, Stoke-Bishop, Totterdown, Westbury-On-Trym, Westbury-Park, Whitchurch