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

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Conveyancing in Cumbria: A mover's guide

Home to some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in England, Cumbria is the ideal location for those who love the great outdoors.

The Lake District is Cumbria's greatest natural attraction, but bustling towns and pretty villages ensure there is plenty to attract home buyers.

Want to know more about a move to England's most north-westerly county? We answer all your questions on conveyancing in Cumbria.

What does conveyancing in Cumbria involve?

When you buy, sell, remortgage or transfer equity from a property, conveyancing is the term used for all the paperwork and legal formalities involved. For example, if you are buying a home in Cumbria, a conveyancing solicitor will request searches, negotiate the price, exchange contracts and transfer the funds on completion day. Our Cumbria conveyancing solicitors take care of the legal legwork on your behalf. Find out more about Homeward Legal's conveyancing services.


How do I get a quote for conveyancing in Cumbria?

Get a quote for Cumbria conveyancing minutes with our online quote builder. Simply select your transaction of choice and enter a few details about yourself as well as the property. You'll get an instant quote on screen and confirmation of the quote via email. You can also call Homeward Legal on seven days a week and arrange a callback at a time that's convenient to you.


How much does conveyancing in Cumbria cost?

There is no set price for conveyancing in Cumbria because each transaction is unique and depends on such factors as the property's value and whether it is leasehold or freehold

Depending on your transaction, your Cumbria conveyancing costs could include searches, Land Registry fees, solicitors' fees, bank transfer fees, Stamp Duty Land Tax* and more. Find out more in our guide to average conveyancing fees in 2020.

*In July 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a stamp duty holiday. This applies to properties up to a value of £500,000 in England and Northern Ireland until March 31, 2021.

The conveyancing process explained

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

Where are Cumbria's best home-mover destinations?

So much of Cumbria is picture perfect that home buyers might find themselves spoiled for choice when choosing a location to move to. There are excellent spots on the coast for those who want a sea view, but the dramatic vistas provided by the Lake District and the edge of the Yorkshire Dales make inland just as appealing.

Cumbria's best-known towns are Carlisle, Barrow-in-Furness, Kendal, Penrith, Whitehaven and Cockermouth, many of them popular tourist destinations.

Arnside and Kirkby Lonsdale were named this year in the Sunday Times' Best Places to Live round-up, both highly praised for stunning landscapes.


How much is a typical property in Cumbria?

Cumbria's wide appeal ensures that property here is highly prized with prices to match. The Land Registry's average sold price of £159,952 for Cumbria does not reflect the wide variations in property values across the county.

For example, in the South Lakeland local authority area, which includes towns such as Kendal, Barrow-in-Furness and Ulverston, the average sold price for 2020 is £235,780 with detached homes selling for an average £357,305.

To get a clearer idea of the cost of property across Cumbria, check out the Land Registry's data on sold prices.


Will buying a leasehold property slow down conveyancing in Cumbria?

For homeowners in England, there are two main types of property tenure: leasehold and freehold. Leaseholders own a property only, not the land it stands, which remains in the ownership of the landowner or freeholder. The land is instead leased to the property owner, usually on a long-term basis that can last for decades and even centuries. Buying a leasehold property can occasionally be complicated process, especially if the lease has less than 30 years to run. For properties of this type in Cumbria, conveyancing may take a little longer. Read more about buying leasehold in our detailed guide. When you instruct a Cumbria conveyancing solicitor through Homeward Legal, they will ask about the property's tenure and immediately ask for information on the lease from the freeholder.


Which council is responsible for schools in Cumbria?

There are five local councils in Cumbria, but responsibility for education services lies with Cumbria County Council, based in Carlisle. The county has 296 primary schools, 63 secondary and 50 further education or sixth-form colleges. These include a mix of state, independent and academy schools. You can find out how schools and colleges across Cumbria are rated by Ofsted on the government's school comparison website.


Is there a flood risk to property in Cumbria?

Cumbria's long coastline and inland waterways, combined with its hills and mountains, mean areas of the county are unfortunately at high risk of flooding. The Environment Agency's guide to flood risk across England is a useful resource to show which areas are susceptible to flooding. When buying a property in Cumbria, a conveyancing solicitor will instruct a flood-risk search, which will reveal any potential threat.


What kind of searches will I need for conveyancing in Cumbria?

Your Cumbria conveyancing solicitor will outline the essential conveyancing searches. Here are some of the most important:

  • Local authority search: Provides information on planning and on conservation areas.
  • Environmental search: Details contaminated land and pollution, particularly on former industrial sites and brownfield land development.
  • Chancel repair liability search: Reveals if the property is responsible for this rare historic charge covering repairs to the local Church of England.

Did you know?

Herdwick sheep are native to Cumbria and live on the tops of England's highest mountains (the top 10 highest mountains in England are in the Lake District). Herdwick are the UK's hardiest sheep, grazing on fells more than 3,000 feet high.

Cumbria has been dubbed the adventure capital of the UK because of the enormous variety of outdoor pursuits and sports in the county. Rock climbing is said to have originated here, while hill walking, sailing, mountaineering and caving are also hugely popular.

Are you planning to buy, sell, remortgage or transfer equity from a property in Cumbria? At Homeward Legal, we keep conveyancing simple and hassle-free. Get a quote online in a matter of moments, call us on or request a callback. We're here to help your Cumbria conveyancing go through without a hitch.


Towns and districts within this county include:

Alston, Ambleside, Appleby-In-Westmorland, Arnside, Askam-In-Furness, Barrow-In-Furness, Beckermet, Bowness-On-Windermere, Brampton, Broughton-In-Furness, Carlisle, Cleator, Cleator-Moor, Cockermouth, Coniston, Dalton-in-Furness, Egremont, Frizington, Grange-Over-Sands, Grasmere, Hawkshead, Holmrook, Kendal, Keswick, Kirkby-In-Furness, Kirkby-Lonsdale, Kirkby-Stephen, Lake-District, Maryport, Millom, Milnthorpe, Moor-Row, Penrith, Ravenglass, Seascale, Sedbergh, St-Bees, Ulverston, Whitehaven, Wigton, Windermere, Workington