Find out more about conveyancing in Essex
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Conveyancing in Essex: A mover's guide
One of the Home Counties, Essex has long been a lung for London and a stalwart of the commuter belt.
Easily accessible from the capital, the county boasts an enviable list of desirable locations for home movers with an amazing two-thirds of its geographical area rural and not urban.
If the only way is Essex, you've come to the right place for all you need to know about moving home and conveyancing in Essex.
What does conveyancing in Essex 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 Essex 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 Essex. Find out more about Homeward Legal's conveyancing services here.
How do I get a quote conveyancing in Essex?
Getting a quote for conveyancing in Essex could not be simpler. Head for our online quote builder, enter a few details about yourself, the transaction and the property, and you'll receive an instant quote. Or you can call us direct on to chat through your conveyancing options. For your convenience, we are open seven days a week and can arrange to call you back at the best time for you.
Why should I choose an Essex conveyancing solicitor through Homeward Legal?
Whatever transaction you need, conveyancing can often seem complicated. We are here to guide you through the process and ensure your move runs as smoothly as possible. Here is why you can depend on us:
- The legal fee you are quoted for conveyancing in Essex will be exactly what you pay, with no hidden costs*.
- Our no-completion protection offer ensures there are no legal fees to pay should your move fall through.
- We only work with fully qualified professionals regulated by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers or the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
- We explain everything in plain English with no jargon, so you can easily understand each part of the conveyancing process.
- We are delighted to have received hundreds of positive reviews on Trustpilot, showing how highly our customers value what we do for them.
*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 Essex cost?
There is no simple answer to how much conveyancing costs in Essex because the final price will depend on factors such as the value of the property or if it is leasehold or freehold. When buying or selling in Essex, conveyancing could include such charges as solicitors' fees, land registry fees, searches, surveyors' fees, Stamp Duty Land Tax*** and more. For more information, we've created a guide to average conveyancing fees.
***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 Essex's best home-mover destinations?
The county's proximity to London made it one of the earliest commuter hubs, and little has changed except that the journey to and from the capital has got faster and easier. Towns such as Basildon, Purfleet and Brentwood and their surrounds are among the most popular for those who work in London but prefer to live in Essex.
Historic Saffron Walden and Maldon, along with upmarket suburban towns such as Chigwell and big urban centres such as Chelmsford (the county town) and Colchester, also vie for attention.
And if you do like to be beside the seaside, Essex has 350 miles of coastline to choose from, including the likes of Southend and Clacton-on-Sea.
How much is a typical property in Essex?
TV shows such as The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) reflect the aspirational side of the county, and it's certainly true that property prices here are among the highest in the south-east. There are affordable spots for those willing to do their homework. The Land Registry produces monthly sold house price that gives the averages for each area of England. In Essex, for example, in 2020 the average sold price for the county is £313,754. For Uttlesford District Council, which includes Saffron Walden, the average is £396,085; in Basildon, it's £315,871; and in Thurrock, which includes Purfleet and Grays, it's £275,123.
Will buying a leasehold property slow down conveyancing in Essex?
Freehold and leasehold are two types of popular property tenure in England. For a leasehold property, the owner owns only the building and not the land on which it stands. This land is instead lease for a specific period, usually decades but sometimes much shorter. Conveyancing for leasehold can be held up by a slow response to the solicitor's request for a leasehold information pack from the freeholder (landowner). Find out more about conveyancing for leasehold in our informative guide. When you instruct an Essex conveyancing solicitor through Homeward Legal, they will go to work immediately to ensure your leasehold property purchase goes smoothly.
Which council is responsible for schools in Essex?
For all information on state-provided education in Essex, check out Essex County Council's website. This county also has many private and independent schools. For more information on how schools and colleges across Essex are rated by Ofsted, the government's school comparison website has all the details.
Is there a flood risk to property in Essex?
The Thames Barrier is the main flood prevention strategy for London and its surrounds. Much of the Thames Estuary falls within Essex, meaning anyone buying around this area should be aware of potential flood risks. Increased heavy rainfall and storms have also caused flooding events in areas of England that had not previously been affected. So, it is doubly important that home buyers do their homework on this issue. When you instruct an Essex conveyancing solicitor through Homeward Legal, they will ask for a flood-risk search, which will reveal any potential threat from all types of flooding. The Environment Agency's own guide to flood risk across England is a useful resource for home movers, too.
What kind of searches will I need for conveyancing in Essex?
Your Essex conveyancing solicitor will talk you through which conveyancing searches are essential. For example, a mining search may be crucial for an Essex property purchase because of historic chalk mining in the county. Our guide to all the searches that are important in conveyancing gives more detail about:
- Local authority search: Important for planning and information on conservation areas, such as Maldon and Epping Forest.
- Environmental search: Reveals details of contaminated land and pollution, particularly important for areas of historic industrial activity and brownfield land development.
- Chancel repair liability search: This historic charge may be rare but failing to reveal if your new home has a responsibility for repairs to the local Church of England may leave a home buyer out of pocket.
Is Essex a good location for commuters?
In a word, yes. Essex benefits from excellent road and rail links that connect the county to London and to its neighbouring counties. The London Underground network's Central Line reaches its end point at Epping, and National Rail services criss-cross the county. The new Crossrail network - due to open in 2021 - will improve east-west rail connections with a station at Shenfield, near Brentwood.
The M25 London Orbital, the Dartford Crossing and the M11 to Cambridge and north-east London are all part of Essex's extensive road network.
Ferry ports at Harwich and Tilbury Docks service international cruise ships, while the airports at Stansted and Southend offer scheduled and chartered flights.
Essex County Council provides lots of information on public transport locally.
Did you know?
Colchester was the Roman capital of Britain and is the oldest recorded town in Britain.
Saffron Walden takes its name from the crocus cultivating trade that grew there in the early Middle Ages.
Conveyancing in Essex made easy with Homeward Legal
Towns and districts within this county include:
Abridge, Barking, Barkingside, Basildon, Battlesbridge, Benfleet, Billericay, Boreham, Braintree, Brentwood, Buckhurst-Hill, Burnham-On-Crouch, Canvey-Island, Chadwell-Heath, Chadwell-St-Mary, Chafford-Hundred, Chelmsford, Chigwell, Clacton-On-Sea, Clayhall, Colchester, Danbury, Dunmow, Epping, Frinton-On-Sea, Gants-Hill, Goodmayes, Grays, Great-Baddow, Great-Dunmow, Halstead, Harlow, Harold-Wood, Harwich, Hockley, Ilford, Ingatestone, Kelvedon, Laindon, Leigh-On-Sea, Little-Burstead, Loughton, Maldon, Manningtree, Mersea-Island, Newbury-Park, Ongar, Pitsea, Purfleet, Rayleigh, Rochford, Romford, Saffron-Walden, Shenfield, Shoeburyness, South-Ockendon, South-Woodham-Ferrers, Southend-On-Sea, Southfields, Stanford-Le-Hope, Stansted, Thurrock, Tilbury, Tiptree, Waltham-Abbey, Walton-on-the-Naze, West-Thurrock, Westcliff-On-Sea, Wickford, Witham, Woodford-Green, Writtle