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

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Conveyancing in Dorset: A mover's guide

The home of England's Jurassic Coast and an inspiration for writers and filmmakers as well as ordinary home movers, Dorset is a prize location.

From coastal resorts to picture-perfect market towns and villages, Dorset has something for everyone.

Whatever home move inspires you, we have all the detail you need on conveyancing in Dorset to make your dream move come true.

What does conveyancing in Dorset involve?

Conveyancing is the term used for the process of buying and selling property, including all the paperwork and legal formalities for buying, selling, remortgaging and transferring equity. When you instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Dorset, they will start the process, including requesting searches on the property for buyers, negotiating the price with the other party's solicitor, exchanging contracts and transferring funds. Homeward Legal works with fully qualified solicitors for all conveyancing in Dorset. Find out more about the conveyancing services Homeward Legal offers here.


How do I get a quote conveyancing in Dorset?

Use our online quote builder to get a quote for conveyancing in Dorset on screen in minutes. All we need is some information about your transaction, about you and the property. Our team are also available seven days a week on . Or, if you prefer, you can ask for a callback at a convenient time.


How much does conveyancing in Dorset cost?

There is no one-price-fits-all when it comes to conveyancing in Dorset. Each transaction is unique, and the final bill will depend on several factors, such as the value of the property involved. A Dorset 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 Dorset, our guide to average conveyancing fees in 2020 has all you need.

*Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a stamp duty holiday in July 2020, which 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 Dorset's best home-mover destinations?

A home in glamorous Sandbanks, often referred to as Dorset's millionaire row, may be beyond most home buyers. However, Dorset has lots of locations with very disparate appeal and price tags to attract movers.

The seaside resorts of Bournemouth and Poole will attract those who want the buzz of urban living. There are charms to be found in the county town of Dorchester, in historic Lyme Regis and in the myriad of quaint villages dotted around. This is, of course, a county where 40 percent of the landscape has been designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty.


How much does an average property cost in Dorset?

Some areas of Dorset will require deeper pockets for a property purchase than others. See Sandbanks as an example. However, this is a county that still has affordable locations. According to the most recent data on sold property prices from the Land Registry, the average property in Dorset will cost £290,161.


Is conveyancing in Dorset slower when buying a leasehold property?

With around four million leasehold properties across England and Wales, this popular property tenure can bring an added complication to conveyancing in Dorset. In leasehold, a homeowner only owns the property itself but not the land on which it stands. Instead this land is leased for a specific period, often decades. When selling, the buyer must be certain of their legal rights and of how long they may be entitled to live in their new home. When instructed for conveyancing in Dorset for leasehold, a solicitor will make enquiries about the lease. When this information is delayed, it can slow up the transaction. Find out more in our detailed guide to buying leasehold.


Which council has control of schooling in Dorset?

From 2019, there are two unitary authorities covering Dorset: Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council and Dorset Council. Each is responsible for providing education in their area. Along with state schools from nursery to sixth-form, Dorset also has a large selection of independent, academy and church schools to choose from. Check out the Ofsted ranking of your chosen school in the government's school comparison website.


Is there an increased flood risk for property in Dorset?

No area of England has escaped recent heavy rainfall and storms that have caused flash floods and other issues around water. Wherever you are buying, it makes sense to ask your Dorset conveyancing solicitor to ask for a flood-risk search. Check out the useful resources at the Environment Agency's guide to flood risk across England.


What searches do I need for Dorset conveyancing?

Your conveyancing solicitor for a Dorset property purchase will explain the essential searches required to complete your transaction. Our informative guide to all searches explains what is needed for conveyancing. Some of the most common ones are a local authority search that details planning consents and information about proposed roads or developments. As Dorset has many conservation areas, including Bere Regis and Swanage, a local authority search is also crucial to ensure no planning rules have been breached in your potential property purchase. An environmental search will reveal any concerns around contaminated land, often reclaimed brownfield sites now used for new developments. Ask your Dorset conveyancing solicitor about a chancel repair liability search, which covers the historic charge dating back to the creation of the Church of England. Our detailed guide tell you more.


Did you know?

Poole Harbour is the largest natural harbour in Europe and second only in the world to Sydney. Formed in the Ice Age, today the harbour is a mecca for water sports of all kinds.

Not only is Dorset the most spacious place to live in England - only 197 people per kilometre - residents' life expectancy is two years longer than the national average.

Whether buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity from a property in Dorset, conveyancing can seem complicated. Here at Homeward Legal, we ensure your conveyancing is simple and effective every time. Get a quote online or call us on . You can also request a callback at a time that suits you.


Towns and districts within this county include:

Beaminster, Blandford-Forum, Blandfordum, Boscombe, Bridport, Broadstone, Burton-Bradstock, Canford-Cliffs, Charmouth, Christchurch, Corfe-Castle, Corfe-Mullen, Dorchester, Ferndown, Hamworthy, Highcliffe, Lyme-Regis, Lytchett-Matravers, Mudeford, Parkstone, Poole, Portland, Poundbury, Sandbanks, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Sturminster-Newton, Swanage, Verwood, Wareham, West-Moors, Weymouth, Wimborne, Wimborne-Minster, Winton, Wool