Find out more about conveyancing in Cornwall
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in Cornwall, 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 Cornwall, and our pragmatic approach means that we move you in the shortest possible time.
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Conveyancing in Cornwall: A mover's guide
A surfer's paradise, an artist's dream, stunning scenery and possibly the finest fresh seafood in the country all add up to Cornwall becoming one of the most desirable locations in the UK.
Whether you have a penchant for seaside living or fancy moving to moorland, this county genuinely has the lot for the discerning home buyer.
Keen on the Cornish way of life. We have all you need to know about conveyancing in Cornwall for a move to England's south-west.
What does conveyancing in Cornwall 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 Cornwall, a conveyancing solicitor will request searches, negotiate the price, exchange contracts and transfer the funds on completion day. Our Cornwall conveyancing solicitors are all fully qualified professionals who do all the hard work on your behalf. Read more here on Homeward Legal's conveyancing services.
How do I get a quote for conveyancing in Cornwall?
Use our online quote builder to get a quote for conveyancing in Cornwall in minutes. Simply choose the transaction you need and a few details about yourself as well as the property involved. To talk through the quote, you can arrange a callback at a time that's convenient to you or call our team on . We're open seven days with late nights Monday to Friday.
Why should I choose a Cornwall conveyancing solicitor through Homeward Legal?
Whether buying, selling or remortgaging in Cornwall, conveyancing can often be stressful. That's why we're here to ensure your move runs as smoothly as possible. Here is why you can depend on Homeward Legal:
- The legal fee you are quoted for conveyancing in Cornwall will be exactly what you pay, with no hidden costs*.
- Our offer of no-completion protection ensures you don't 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 explain the process in plain English and never use unnecessary legal jargon.
- The many hundreds of positive reviews Homeward Legal has received on Trustpilot, are a clear demonstration of how satisfied our customers are.
*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 Cornwall cost?
Each conveyancing transaction is unique, and the final bill will depend on things like the value of the property and whether it is freehold or leasehold. A Cornwall conveyancing bill will include solicitors' fees, surveyor costs, Stamp Duty Land Tax***, Land Registry fees, searches and bank transfer charges. Our guide to average conveyancing fees allows you to gauge the costs involved in conveyancing for a Cornwall sale or purchase.
***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 Cornwall's best home-mover destinations?
Take your pick from an array of dizzyingly desirable spots, whether you choose north or south Cornwall. For beaches and harbours to die for, the coastal towns of St Ives, Falmouth, Padstow and Newquay might pique your interest. Then there's the almost other-wordly seaside spots of Penzance, Mousehole and Port Isaac. Check out desirable Mylor with its beautiful marina, named in the Sunday Times' 2020 Best Places to Live. Inland there's Cornwall's biggest town of Truro, St Austell, Redruth, Bodmin and Launceston. Be warned, the competition for property across Cornwall is fierce, as are the prices.
How much does an average property cost in Cornwall?
As noted, property prices in Cornwall are high. There is a high proportion of second homes and holiday lets in the county, which has inflated the property market. You can get a steer on what you might expect to pay by checking the sold property price data published by the Land Registry every month.
Is conveyancing in Cornwall slower when buying a leasehold property?
There are two main types of property tenure in England: freehold and leasehold. Leaseholders own a property only, not the land on which it stands, which remains in the ownership of the landowner or freeholder. The land is then leased to the property owner, usually on a long-term basis last decades or even centuries. There are around four million leasehold properties in England and Wales, so this tenure is popular. Buying leasehold can occasionally be a complicated process, especially if the lease is close to the end. For leasehold properties like this in Cornwall, conveyancing may take longer. Find out more about buying leasehold in our detailed guide. When you instruct a Cornwall conveyancing solicitor through Homeward Legal, they will ask about the property's tenure to allow them to make the necessary enquiries.
Is there increased flood risk in Cornwall?
The rise in flood events across England in recent years means anyone buying property should consider the risk of flood. Ask your Cornwall conveyancing solicitor to instruct a flood-risk search, which will reveal any potential flood threat. The Environment Agency's on guide to flood risk across England can help identify problem areas.
What searches do I need for Cornwall conveyancing?
A Cornwall conveyancing solicitor will ask for a series of searches to complete your transaction. We've prepared a helpful guide. However, for conveyancing in Cornwall, the following searches may be particularly relevant:
- Mining search: Cornwall's long history of tin mining makes this search crucial for identifying areas of old mining shafts and tunnels.
- Local authority search: Crucial for planning and information on conservation areas.
- Environmental search: Reveals details of contaminated land and pollution, particularly on former industrial sites and brownfield land development.
- Chancel repair liability search: A rare historic charge related to responsibility for repairs to the local Church of England.
Did you know?
Cornwall has the UK's longest coastline. Surrounded by sea on three sides, the Cornish coastline runs for 1,086km.
Once the world leader in tin production, Cornwall's tin mines are today a World Heritage Site. The Botallack mine has been used as a location for the BBC TV drama Poldark.
Making Cornwall conveyancing easy
Whatever service you need for conveyancing in Cornwall - buying or selling, remortgaging or transferring equity - we are here to make the process as simple and cost-effective as possible. Get an instant quote online now or call to talk to the Homeward Legal team. We're open late Monday to Friday and from 10am until 4pm every Saturday and Sunday.
Towns and districts within this county include:
Bodmin, Boscastle, Bude, Callington, Camborne, Camelford, Carbis-Bay, Delabole, Falmouth, Fowey, Gunnislake, Hayle, Helston, Launceston, Liskeard, Looe, Lostwithiel, Marazion, Mevagissey, Mousehole, Newquay, Padstow, Par, Penryn, Penzance, Perranporth, Polperro, Port-Isaac, Porthleven, Redruth, Saltash, St-Agnes, St-Austell, St-Columb, St-Ives, St-Mawes, Tintagel, Torpoint, Truro, Wadebridge