Find out more about conveyancing in Cardiff
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in Cardiff, 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 Cardiff, and our pragmatic approach means that we move you in the shortest possible time.
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Our solicitors carry out all the conveyancing work for your house move for a fixed fee.
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You will not be charged any solicitors fees, if for any reason your transaction does not complete.
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Conveyancing in Cardiff: A mover's guide
The capital of Wales, Cardiff offers residents a fantastic combination of big city life and small-town affordability.
In the 2019 Homeowners Index compiled by Compare the Market, Cardiff was named in 12th spot in the UK's most affordable places to live. Add in a thriving restaurant scene, easy access to the beach and mountains, and fabulous sport and entertainment, and it's no surprise that Cardiff is becoming an ever more popular place to move to.
Here we answer all your questions on conveyancing in Cardiff.
What is involved in conveyancing in Cardiff?
The paperwork and legal formalities required to buy and sell property is known as conveyancing. Any homeowner who wants to remortgage or transfer equity from a property will also need the services of a conveyancing solicitor in Cardiff. The legal formalities include requesting searches, negotiating on the price, exchanging contracts and transferring the funds to complete the transaction. For Cardiff conveyancing, we only work with fully qualified professional law firms. Read all about what conveyancing services Homeward Legal offers here.
How do I get a quote for conveyancing in Cardiff?
Use our online quote builder to get an instant quote for conveyancing in Cardiff. We'll ask for a few details about you and the property in your transaction. You can also get a quote in minutes by calling our team on or request a callback for a time that suits you. We're open seven days.
Why should I choose a Cardiff conveyancing solicitor through Homeward Legal?
There are lots of good reasons to choose Homeward Legal for your conveyancing in Cardiff. We always offer first-class customer service and competitive quotes and:
- We always keep things simple, explaining everything in plain English with no unnecessary legal jargon to complicate conveyancing.
- We protect your finances with our no-completion protection. This means you won't pay any legal fees if your transaction fails to complete for any reason.
- The legal fee you are quoted for conveyancing in Cardiff will be exactly what you pay, with no hidden costs*.
- All the conveyancing solicitors on our nationwide panel are fully regulated under the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.
- We put customers first every single time. And we've got hundreds of positive Trustpilot reviews from satisfied customers who appreciate our care and service.
*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 Cardiff cost?
The final bill for Cardiff conveyancing will depend on factors such as the value of the property and the number of searches required. A conveyancing transaction in Cardiff will involve solicitors' fees, Land Registry fees, surveyor costs and Stamp Duty Land Tax*, plus search fees and bank transfer charges. Check out our guide to average conveyancing fees in 2020 for more information on the costs involved in Cardiff conveyancing.
**In July 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a stamp duty holiday on certain properties until March 31, 2021.
The conveyancing process explained
Read our step-by-step guide to the conveyancing process.
How much does the average property cost in Cardiff?
The most recent data from the Land Registry on sold property prices shows that the average home costs £215,322 in Cardiff. Analysing the figures a little more closely reveals that a detached property sells for an average £407.204 with a semi-detached reaching an average £248,378. A terraced home has an average sold price of £203,163 and maisonettes and flats fetch £146,977.
What will my council tax be in Cardiff?
The County Council of the City and County of Cardiff sets the council tax rates for the city. Residential property is allocated into one of nine bands by the government, which depend on their valuation - find out which band your property is in here.
Cardiff is split into seven different areas with council tax rates that vary depending on the area and the property valuation. You can find out what you will pay in council tax on the council website.
The bands and property valuations are:
|Band A||Up to £44,000|
|Band I||£424,001 and above|
Are broadband speeds good in Cardiff?
Many areas of Cardiff benefit from superfast, fibre-optic broadband. A recent investment of £500,000 by the Welsh Government will help improve the network in the city following a successful bid by Cardiff Council.
How do schools rate in Cardiff?
In state-funded education in Cardiff, there are 80 English-speaking primary schools and 15 Welsh-speaking primaries in Cardiff, 15 English speaking secondaries along with three Welsh-speaking secondary schools. There are also a number of private schools. Use the Schools Guide to find out how your chosen school rates.
Cardiff is home to three universities: Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff University and the University of South Wales. The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is also based in the city.
Is contaminated land an issue when buying property in Cardiff?
Contaminated land is often former industrial land used for the likes of factories, steelworks, mines and landfill, along with areas polluted by accidental spills. This land is considered a potential threat to life and the environment and must be cleaned up before use. The responsibility for identifying any contaminated land in Cardiff is the responsibility of the Shared Regulatory Services group, a joint operation between Bridgend Council, Cardiff Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council. Your Cardiff conveyancing solicitor will instruct an environmental search to identify any contaminated land that could affect the sale.
Is chancel liability a concern when buying in Cardiff?
A historic liability dating back to the foundation of the Church of England, chancel repair can be a potentially costly charge on land and property within a parish. We've created a detailed guide to chancel repair. To stay fully informed of any potential liability, a conveyancing solicitor in Cardiff will order a chancel liability search.
Does Cardiff have conservation areas that might affect my property buy?
Conservation areas are ones with special architectural or historic interest, and in Cardiff, many of the city's most important buildings, archaeological remains and open spaces are in conservation areas. There are currently 27 conservation areas in Cardiff, including Pier Head on Cardiff Bay and the 19th-century workers' cottages of Gwaelod-y-Garth. The strict rules that govern a conservation area mean no alterations can be made to a property without planning permission. So, when you're buying within one, it's vital to know if any changes already made to the property you want to buy have been done with the appropriate consents. Your Cardiff conveyancing solicitor will instruct a local authority search for this purpose.
Can I get a conveyancing solicitor for buying property at auction in Cardiff?
Yes, we work with expert law firms across England and Wales who have years of experience in completing property auction conveyancing. Read more about conveyancing for auction property here. Our partner firms have worked on sales from Auction House London, Allsop (commercial and residential), Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Acuitus, Phillip Arnold Auctions, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers & Norris. Our advice to anyone buying a property at auction is to instruct a Cardiff conveyancing solicitor before buying at auction. This gives them time to examine the legal pack and complete the transaction within the deadline.
Did you know?
Cardiff is known as the City of Arcades, thanks to its seven Victorian and Edwardian arcades - the most of any city in the UK. These are home to more than 100 independent shops, bars and cafes in the city centre.
The River Taff used to run along what is now Westgate Street on the quayside. But pioneering Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel straightened the river when creating the railway line into Cardiff and that land was reclaimed for housing.
Cardiff conveyancing is simple with Homeward Legal
Whatever service you need for conveyancing in Cardiff, Homeward Legal will make the process simple and cost-effective. Get an instant quote online at any time or talk directly to our team on about conveyancing for a purchase or sale, remortgaging a current home or a transfer of equity. We're open seven days for your convenience.
Areas within this city include:
Canton, Cardiff-Bay, Cathays, Creigiau, Cyncoed, Danescourt, Fairwater, Grangetown, Gwaelod-Y-Garth, Heath, Lisvane, Llandaff, Llandaff-North, Llanishen, Llanrumney, Morganstown, Old-St-Mellons, Pentwyn, Pentyrch, Penylan, Peterston-Super-Ely, Pontcanna, Pontprennau, Radyr, Rhiwbina, Roath, Roath-Park, Rumney, Splott, St-Fagans, St-George, St-Mellons, Taffs-Well, Thornhill, Tongwynlais, Victoria-Park