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Find out more about conveyancing in Exeter

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

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Our solicitors carry out all the conveyancing work for your house move for a fixed fee.

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Conveyancing in Exeter: A mover's guide

A picturesque town that's alive with history and enjoying a thriving economy, Exeter has something to offer everyone.

Close to the national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor, Exeter also has a historic quayside and a leading university that makes it a magnet for students and young families.

What do you need to know about moving to Exeter and conveyancing services? We answer all your questions.

What does conveyancing in Exeter involve?

Conveyancing is the describes the process of buying and selling property. An Exeter conveyancing solicitor will take care of all the paperwork and legal formalities for buying and selling property, remortgaging and a transfer of equity from a property. Whether you are buying or selling a home in Exeter, a conveyancing solicitor will carry out all the legal formalities required to complete the transaction. This includes requesting searches, negotiating the price, exchanging contracts and transferring the necessary funds on completion day. All the solicitors we work with for Exeter conveyancing are fully qualified professionals. You can read more about Homeward Legal's conveyancing services here.


How do I get a quote for conveyancing in Exeter?

Get a quote for conveyancing in Exeter in minutes using our online quote builder. Simply enter a few details about yourself and the property you intend to buy or sell, and you'll receive an instant quote. You can also get a quick quote when you talk direct to our team on . We're open seven days so you can arrange a callback at a time that's convenient.


How much does conveyancing in Exeter cost?

There is no one-price-fits-all for Exeter conveyancing transactions. The final bill will depend on factors such as the value of the property involved and whether it's leasehold or freehold. An Exeter conveyancing transaction will include a number of charges, including solicitors' fees, Land Registry fees, surveyor costs and Stamp Duty Land Tax**. Other essential charges include searches and bank transfer fees. For more information about the costs involved in conveyancing in Exeter, read our guide to average conveyancing fees in 2020.

**In July 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a stamp duty holiday on certain properties until March 31, 2021.

The conveyancing process explained

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

How much does the average property cost in Exeter?

The most recent sold property price data from the Land Registry shows that the average price of a property in Exeter is £271,924. The average detached home reaches a sold price of £487,748 with a semi-detached fetching an average £303,187. Terraced homes have an average sold price of £252,106 and maisonettes and flats a sold price on average of £167,843.


What will my council tax be in Exeter?

Exeter City Council sets the council tax rates for the city. Residential property is allocated into one of nine bands, depending on its valuation - find out which band your property is in here.

The 2020-21 council tax rates in Exeter are:

Tax BandCharges
Band A£1,272.93
Band B£1,485.08
Band C£1,697.24
Band D£1,909.39
Band E£2,333.70
Band F£2,758.01
Band G£3,182.32
Band H£3,818.78

Are broadband speeds good in Exeter?

Demand from the University of Exeter, the city's largest employer, and businesses based in the Exeter Science Park means that broadband speeds are generally fast across the city. Most properties can connect to superfast broadband with speeds best in central areas. Use a broadband comparison site and your postcode to check available speeds.


How do schools rate in Exeter?

Exeter has 42 primary schools, 22 secondary and nine sixth form and further education colleges. Of those schools, nine are currently rated outstanding by Ofsted. You can check the rating of your local school on the government school performance comparison website.

The University of Exeter has two campuses in the city.


Could contaminated land be an issue when buying property in Exeter?

Exeter has a very long history of all types of industry, from the woollen trade to shipping, quarrying and agriculture. Claypits and brickworks are among the types of industrial activity that can leave a legacy of contaminated, which must be identified and cleaned up before development. Exeter City Council must, by law, maintain a register of all contaminated land in the city. Your Exeter conveyancing solicitor will instruct an environmental search from the city council to identify any contaminated land that could affect your property purchase.


Do I need a chancel liability search when buying in Exeter?

Chancel repair can affect property and land that lies within the boundary of a Church of England parish. Read more about this historic charge in our informative guide to a liability dating back to the 16th century and the Reformation. Ask your Exeter conveyancing solicitor to instruct a chancel liability search that will identify any potential future costs.


Is buying in a conservation area a concern in Exeter?

Exeter currently has 20 conservation areas, which are those identified as having a special architectural or historic interest. They include Cowick and Exwick, Lower Summerlands and Mont Le Grande. Conservation areas are governed by strict planning rules so property owners need permission to, for example, replace doors and windows or a roof. A conveyancing solicitor in Exeter will order a local authority search that will reveal any current or historic planning consents.


I'm buying a property at auction in Exeter - should I get a conveyancing solicitor before bidding?

We've created a comprehensive guide to conveyancing for auction property, and our advice to anyone buying at auction is to instruct your Exeter conveyancing solicitor before making a bid. This gives your lawyer time to examine the lot's legal pack and ensure your transaction can be completed within the auction deadline, which is usually 28 days. Our nationwide team of property law firms have vast experience in completing auction purchases 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.


Did you know?

The Royal Clarence Hotel in Cathedral Yard, Exeter, is said to be the first business in England to use the name “hotel” in its name back in 1770. The building was destroyed by fire in 2016 and is currently undergoing a major restoration.

Exeter holds another macabre title, this time as the last place in England where women were hanged for being witches. The Bideford three were charged with sorcery in August 1682 and executed within days.

Whether you are buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity, Homeward Legal endeavours to ensure your Exeter conveyancing transaction goes smoothly from start to finish. Get a instant quote online or call to talk to our friendly, professional team. You can also request a callback at a time that's convenient to you. We're open late Monday to Friday and from 10am until 4pm every Saturday and Sunday.


Areas within this city include:

Broadclyst, Cullompton