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

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Fixed price cost for your Conveyancing

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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With local experience, our solicitors will lead you through the whole of your sale or purchase.

Conveyancing in Derby: A mover's guide

The east Midlands city of Derby has a host of factors to recommend it to home movers, not least its affordable homes. In fact, the 2019 Homeowners Index named Derby as the most affordable place to live in the UK.

Derby is surrounded by the stunning countryside of the Peak District, giving those lovers of the great outdoors an amazing playground on their doorstep.

Want to move to Derby? We answer all your questions on conveyancing in Derby here.

What does conveyancing in Derby involve?

Conveyancing is the term for the paperwork that's involved in buying and selling land and property, remortgaging and a transfer of equity from a property. Your Derby conveyancing solicitor carries out all the legal formalities to ensure the transaction is completed smoothly. This includes requesting searches, negotiating on the price, exchanging contracts and transferring funds on the day of completion. We only work with fully qualified and regulated conveyancing solicitors for Derby. Find out more about Homeward Legal's conveyancing services here.


How do I get a quote for conveyancing in Derby?

Our online quote builder will give you an instant quote for the Derby conveyancing services you need. Simply provide a few details about you and the property involved in your transaction and you'll 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 Derby cost?

There is no simple answer to how much conveyancing in Derby will cost. Each transaction is unique and will depend on a number of factors, such as the value of the property involved. A Derby conveyancing transaction will include solicitors' and Land Registry fees and costs for a surveyor and Stamp Duty Land Tax*** for a buyer. The final bill will also include fees for searches and bank transfers. For an idea of conveyancing costs in Derby, 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.

What are average house prices like in Derby?

The most recent data from the Land Registry on sold house prices shows that the average price of a property in Derby is £161,586. Detached properties sell for £246,722 on average with semi-detached homes fetching £158,638. A terraced home will sell for an average £128,139 and flats and maisonettes for an average £97,067.


What are council tax rates in Derby?

Derby City Council sets the city's council tax rates. Residential property is allocated into one of eight council tax bands depending on their valuation. Check out which band your property is in on the government website.

For 2020-21, council tax bands in Derby are:

Tax BandCharges
Band A£1,185.30
Band B£1,382.84
Band C£1580.39
Band D£1,777.94
Band E£2,173.04
Band F£2,568.14
Band G£2,963.24
Band H£3,555.88

How fast is broadband in Derby?

With many major companies in Derby such as Rolls-Royce, Greencore, Toyota and Vaillant Group, fast, reliable broadband is essential for both business and residents. A recent £2 billion investment programme means super-fast fibre-optic broadband is available to more than 10,000 properties. Use a broadband comparison site to find out the available speeds in your chosen property in Derby.


How highly rated are Derby's schools?

Derby has 86 primary schools, 27 secondary schools and 20 sixth form and further education colleges. Of those, 15 are rated outstanding by Ofsted. You can find out the rating of your chosen school on the government website.

The University of Derby welcomes more than 34,000 students participating in more than 300 study programmes.


Will I need a chancel repair liability search for my Derby property purchase?

A historic matter dating back to Henry VIII and the formation of the Church of England, chancel repair liability is an issue that can be dealt with clearly and effectively. When buying a property within a Church of England parish, you may discover you are liable for any repairs to the church's chancel or altar. Read more about chancel liability in our detailed guide. A chancel liability search, ordered by your Derby conveyancing solicitor, will reveal if you are at risk of any future costs.


I want to buy in a Derby conservation area - what do I need to know?

Derby's long history means the city is filled with buildings and areas with historic and architectural merit, which have been designated as conservation areas. There are currently 16 conservation areas in the city, all subject to strict rules on what can be done to property within them. Conservation areas include Friar Gate, St Peter's Street and Green Lane, and Darley Abbey. To ensure the property you're buying in a conservation area conforms to all planning rules, a conveyancing solicitor in Derby will order a local authority planning search.


Is contaminated land a risk for property buying in Derby?

Contaminated land is usually something with an industrial history, including foundries, mines, chemical processing plants and landfill sites. These can pose a pollution or environmental problem. Derby City Council must by law keep a register of any land that has been identified as contaminated or poses a pollution risk. To ensure you are fully informed of any potential risk, your Derby conveyancing solicitor will order an environmental search.


I need a conveyancing solicitor who can deal with a property auction in Derby - can you help?

We can definitely help with all property auction conveyancing in Derby. We work with a panel of nationwide law firms who are hugely experienced in dealing with auction property transactions. Our partner firms have completed conveyancing for sales 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. Check out our comprehensive guide to buying property at auction.



Did you know?

The Derby Arboretum is England's first public park and the inspiration for the design of Central Park in New York.

The Jacobite Rebellion ended at Derby in December 1745 when Bonnie Prince Charlie billeted his army in the city. But the invasion to restore the Stuart monarchy was abandoned when the Prince decided not to continue the march to London and the Jacobite army fled back north.

Whatever service you need for conveyancing in Derby - 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 every Saturday and Sunday.


Areas within this city include:

Bradwell, Breaston, Littleover, Spondon