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Conveyancing in Essex Q & A

Buying or selling a property in Essex means you will have to instruct a lawyer to carry out the conveyancing work.

Our network of solicitors at Homeward Legal has considerable experience of conveyancing in Essex and around East Anglia. Our highly proactive and pragmatic methods mean we move you faster than other firms.

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Essex

  • By road: Essex is served by the M25, M11, A12, A120, A414, A130 and A127.
  • By rail: The principal train stations in Essex are Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester, Harlow Town, Southend Central and Southend Victoria.
  • By air: In miles from Essex’s county two of Chelmsford, the distance of London Stansted Airport is 18, London Southend Airport 20, London City Airport 40, Clacton Airport 42 and London Gatwick Airport 58.
  • Hospitals: Basildon University, Nethermayne, Basildon, SS16 5NL;
  • Essex County, Lexden Road, Colchester, CO3 3NB;
  • Broomfield, Court Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, CM1 7ET;
  • Princess Alexandra, Hamstel Road, Harlow, CM20 1QX;
  • Southend University, Prittlewell Chase, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 0RY.
  • Council: Essex County Council.
  • Attractions: Wivenhoe Park, Adventure Island, Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, Audley End House, Weald Country Park, Colchester Castle, and Clacton Pier.

How do we get the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Essex?

Several online firms advertise what, on the face of the offer, looks like cheap conveyancing. However, there are often extra costs hiding in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Such additional charges need to be fair and clear. Homeward Legal never hide any costs, and our quotes provide a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs.

My partner and I are planning to buy a property in Essex and would like to live in a conservation area. Are there any?

Conservation areas have to be registered and are sections of the county considered to be of historic or architectural significance, like 19th century suburbs. St. Osyth, Thorpe and Corringham are among the many conservation areas in Essex, more detail of which can be found on Essex County Council’s website. There are pros and cons of living in a conservation area, and your solicitor will advise further and confirm potential liability for unauthorised works as part of the searches performed on your behalf.

Doing your own conveyancing without the aid of a lawyer appears increasingly possible as a buyer and seller of a home in Essex. However, would such an undertaking actually be risky?

In theory, there are no legal arguments at all why a home-mover shouldn’t do the legal and technical work themselves. However, a conveyancing solicitor juggles a large number of tasks (such as chasing completion statements and applying for searches), some of which need a qualified professional. Nevertheless, the risk of doing the conveyancing work yourself is increased significantly because solicitors are required to obtain relevant professional indemnity insurance that ultimately protects you from any professional failures on the part of the solicitor. Therefore, Homeward Legal recommends that you appoint a conveyancing solicitor to act on your behalf. Call our team of experienced professionals on 0800 038 6699 to arrange a fixed-fee conveyancing quote.

Is Homeward Legal able to act quickly on the conveyancing for auction properties in Essex?

Homeward Legal’s conveyancing team have frequently been appointed for both buyers and vendors at auction. Our team of specialist solicitors has previously been instructed by numerous successful bidders at local auctions including Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London. Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions, and Drivers Norris. Experienced auction buyers know that the process will be far smoother if they engage their solicitor straight away for a detailed review of everything connected to the property well before the day of the auction.

Does one really need a chancel search when buying in Essex?

The Law Lords’ decision in a court case between a parish council and owners of neighbouring farmland liable for church repairs reaffirmed that 'lay impropriators' of property must fund church repairs. Terms used in a property's name, like 'glebe', may indicate the existence chancel liability. It falls upon the church to register any liabilities at the Land Registry, making the search process simpler, and the buyer will know with certainty whether the property is obligated in respect of chancel repair, and therefore organise appropriate insurance.

How long will conveyancing legal work generally take on our Essex flat?

The length of time taken on conveyancing can unfortunately drag, with the average completion of the conveyancing taking between one and three months. The variability of the length of the process is predicated on several issues which may affect the smooth sale or purchase of your property (for instance, the slowness of a buyer’s or seller’s solicitor, or one of the buyers in the chain waiting for a mortgage application approval). With our solicitors at Homeward Legal, every purchase is handled as fast as possible, without compromising on service. We aim to complete the conveyancing work within six weeks.

What are the reasons why conveyancing on the sale of my Essex bungalow requires weeks to complete rather than days?

Conveyancing can be complex and may suffer any number of setbacks. At Homeward Legal, however, we endeavour to lessen the impact of such issues, without compromising on the quality of the service we provide, by pushing all parties involved. In addition, all our solicitors adopt efficient management practices and use integrated technology and computer systems to manage the end-to-end conveyancing project.

We are buying a three-bedroom house built on a new development on what is an ex-industrial site. Is the topsoil likely to be contaminated by waste minerals like arsenic (As)?

Policies are in place to control pollution, waste, water and chemical contamination. Metal contamination of topsoil in Essex is more likely to occur near ex-industrial or waste-handling sites. Such information, along with data on other contaminants, like polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs), will be included in the results of an environmental search.

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