Conveyancing in Chester Q & A

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Conveyancing in Chester Q & A

If you are selling or buying a Chester property, you will have to hire a lawyer to do all the legal work for you.

Homeward Legal’s network of solicitors has enormous experience of conveyancing in Chester and across the county of Cheshire, and our pragmatic approach means we often move you in the shortest possible time.

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Chester

  • By road: Chester is served by the M53, M56, A41 and A55.
  • By rail: The nearest train station is Chester.
  • By air: Hawarden Airport is 7 miles and Liverpool John Lennon Airport is 11 miles from Chester.
  • Hospital: Countess of Chester, Liverpool Road, Chester, CH2 1UL.
  • Council: Cheshire West and Chester Council (
  • Attractions: Grosvenor Museum, Chester Zoo, Chester Roman Amphitheatre, Chester Cathedral and Castle, Blue Planet Aquarium, and Ness Botanic Gardens.

Might the charges for Homeward Legal’s conveyancing have any extra fees in the purchase of my Chester maisonette?

No. Homeward Legal's solicitors will not charge any additional fees. The problem with some conveyancers is that they give 'quotes' which are in fact estimates, which could be totally different to your final invoice. Naïve buyers may be taken unaware. However, at Homeward Legal, we provide transparency on all costs in our quotes. Try our quote calculator, or call us 0800 038 6699 to talk about getting a fixed-fee quote.

The web has an increasing number of very helpful documents about doing your own legal work. Do I actually need to use a conveyancer for the purchase of a house in Chester?

Theoretically, there is no legal requirement for you to instruct a lawyer and you could opt to conduct the majority of the legal work for your move without assistance. In reality, though, a Chester property solicitor carries out a considerable number of activities (such as approving completion statements and locating planning documents), many of which really need experience and skill. In addition, you won’t be covered by acceptable personal indemnity insurance, which all qualified conveyancing firms are legally obligated to obtain.

I want to complete on the sale of a Chester flat within 4 weeks. Are you extra fast conveyancing solicitors?

Homeward Legal has an active, dynamic approach to fulfilling the conveyancing process as quickly and as efficiently as possible. Our solicitors’ methodology is different from other firms, because we have invested in the latest automated practice management systems. Critically, we allocate you a lawyer prepared to communicate end-to-end throughout the chain.

What length of time will it take my property lawyer to complete all of the legal formalities on the top floor of a sixties property in Chester we want to buy?

On average, completion of the conveyancing from start to exchange of contracts can take anywhere from around a month to three months. The extended duration is highly dependent on a number of issues (e.g. the speed of the seller's solicitor in carrying out their side of the legalities, or any unexpected and contentious issues that may arise). Our chosen conveyancing solicitors at Homeward Legal are focused on pushing transactions through, and communicating along the entire chain, thus completing the process as speedily we can, without compromising on the quality of the service.

Which of the Chester mortgage lender panels are Homeward Legal a member of?

Our solicitors at Homeward Legal have experience working with the majority of lenders serving home purchasers in Chester. Lenders and mortgage specialists in the city include:

  • Nationwide Building Society Branch, 62 Foregate Street, Chester, CH1 1HT
  • Principality Building Society, 14 Bridge Street, City Centre, Chester, CH1 1NQ
  • 1994 Ltd, 4 Friarsgate, White Friars, Chester, CH1 1XG.
The lawyer who handles the legal work for your Chester property purchase will be able to confirm any additional costs or barriers associated with your chosen lender.

What will the overall charge be on the sale of a £236,000 Chester home? We are trying to find a discount conveyancing quote.

Many online and high street solicitors contend that they offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but additional charges are often hiding in their terms of engagement. Your conveyancing quote should state all third party costs, or disbursements, to be paid. Additional charges should be fair, transparent and clearly defined. These will be applicable if your conveyancer must complete additional work, which could not be anticipated at the beginning of the process. Homeward Legal’s quotes clearly state all legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction, backed up by a ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee. Give us a call on 0800 038 6699 to talk about receiving a fixed-fee quote.

Why does the sale conveyancing process on my flat in Chester seem so slow?

The legal work needed to sell or purchase a house or flat in Chester and elsewhere can suffer all manner of setbacks. At Homeward Legal, however, we do our absolute best to reduce the effect of these delays whenever it is possible to do so. Examples of possible delays include a slow firm acting for the lender, or a slow solicitor elsewhere in the chain.

What search enquiries will a conveyancing solicitor conduct for a property in Chester?

As part of the customary legal procedure performed by your appointed conveyancing solicitor, the following searches will be obtained:

  • Local Authority (personal or official)
  • Drainage Search (Con29DW)
  • Environment Search
  • Cheshire Brine Search
  • (and occasionally) less common searches, (e.g. a Subsidence report).