Find out more about conveyancing in Greater Manchester
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in Greater Manchester, 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 Greater Manchester, 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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You will not be charged any solicitors fees, if for any reason your transaction does not complete.
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Conveyancing in Greater Manchester: A mover's guide
Greater Manchester is one of the most vibrant - and biggest - urban areas in the UK.
With the city of Manchester at its heart, the metropolitan area has everything the discerning home mover could desire, from world-class sport and art, to the best in music and excellent economic opportunities.
Got your eye on a move to the heart of the north-west? We answer all your questions on home buying and conveyancing in Greater Manchester.
What does conveyancing in Greater Manchester involve?
Conveyancing is the term used to describe all the paperwork and formalities that are part of the moving process. So, when buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity from a property in Greater Manchester, a conveyancing solicitor will take care of all the legal legwork for you. This will include requesting searches, negotiating with the other party on price, drawing up and exchanging contracts and much more. We have more information on all Homeward Legal's conveyancing services here.
How do I get a quote for conveyancing in Greater Manchester?
Getting a quote for conveyancing in Greater Manchester could not be easier. Our online quote builder asks for a few details about you, the transaction and the property. You'll then get an instant quote on screen and a follow-up email. You can also call us direct on to chat through your conveyancing options. For your convenience, we are open seven days a week and can arrange a callback at the best time for you.
Why should I choose a Greater Manchester 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 for conveyancing in Greater Manchester:
- The legal fee you are quoted for conveyancing in Greater Manchester will be exactly what you pay, with no hidden costs*.
- Should your move fall through, our offer of no-completion protection ensures there are no legal fees to pay.
- All of the fully qualified professionals we deal with for Greater Manchester conveyancing are regulated by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers or the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
- We explain everything in plain English with no jargon, so each part of the conveyancing process is easy to follow.
- We are delighted to have received hundreds of positive reviews on Trustpilot, showing how highly our customers value our service.
*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 Greater Manchester cost?
No one-price-fits-all for Greater Manchester conveyancing 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 Greater Manchester, conveyancing could include such charges as solicitors' fees, land registry fees, searches, surveyors' fees, Stamp Duty Land Tax* and more. For more information, we're prepared a guide to average conveyancing fees in 2020.
*Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a stamp duty holiday in July 2020 that 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 Greater Manchester's best home-mover destinations?
Greater Manchester is an enormous city region that includes 10 separate local authorities. From Manchester itself, the wider region also includes affordable spots such as Bolton, Bury and Oldham alongside Wigan, Tameside and Rochdale.
The centre of Manchester has seen massive regeneration and newbuild projects to appeal to both families and single professionals keen on city living. Just outside of the city centre, look at the likes of Chorlton and Didsbury for appealing property and community vibes.
More affordable areas outside of the city include Prestwich and Ashton-under-Lyme.
How much is a typical property in Greater Manchester?
The most recent average sold property price of £179,596 for Greater Manchester from the Land Registry doesn't begin to tell the full story of the variety of property prices across this region. For example, in Tameside, which includes Oldham, Hyde and Ashton-under-Lyme, average sold prices for 2020 are £158,011; in Bolton, it's £141,507; in Salford, the average sold price is £169,451; in Stockport, £239,072; and in Trafford, £302,701. Check out the Land Registry's monthly data on sold property prices for Greater Manchester.
Will buying a leasehold property slow down conveyancing in Greater Manchester?
There are two types of property ownership in England that affect most home buyers: freehold and leasehold. Leasehold property means an owner only ever owns the building and not the land on which it stands. Instead the land is leased for a specific period, usually decades but often longer. When you instruct a Greater Manchester conveyancing solicitor for a leasehold property purchase, they will request a leasehold information pack from the freeholder (landowner). Any delay in responding to this request may hold up your transaction. We explain more in our conveyancing for leasehold guide.
Which council is responsible for schools in Greater Manchester?
You can find out which local authority in the Greater Manchester area has responsibility for state education in its area here. The 10 Greater Manchester councils are Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. You can also find out about independent and academy schools across the city region. And the government's school comparison website details Ofsted rankings for all schools.
Is there a flood risk to property in Greater Manchester?
Like every area of England, Greater Manchester has seen increased heavy rainfall and
Increased heavy rainfall and increased flood risk. In recognition of this issue, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, a coalition of the 10 councils in the region, have formed a flood partnership to coordinate the flood response. Read more on their website. When instructing a conveyancing solicitor for a purchase in Greater Manchester, it's important to ask about a flood-risk search, which will reveal any potential threat from all types of flooding. You can also use the Environment Agency's own guide to flood risk across England to reveal the riskiest areas.
What kind of searches will I need for conveyancing in Greater Manchester?
Your Greater Manchester conveyancing solicitor will talk you through which conveyancing searches are essential. Our guide to all conveyancing searches gives you more detail. Some of the most important are:
- Local authority search: Important for planning and information on conservation areas, including Trafford and Albert Square.
- Environmental search: Reveals details of contaminated land and pollution, particularly important in the Greater Manchester area, thanks to its long industrial activity and modern brownfield land development.
- HS2 search: The second phase of the high-speed rail link from London to Birmingham will come to Manchester. A Greater Manchester conveyancing solicitor will instruct this search to ensure any property purchase is unaffected by the project.
- Chancel repair liability search: A rare historic charge that means a homeowner is liable for repairs to the local Church of England.
Is Greater Manchester a good location for commuters?
Transport for Greater Manchester provides a comprehensive guide to all services across the wider metropolitan area, including trains, trams and buses. Rail providers in Greater Manchester include Cross-Country, TransPennine, West Coast Main Line, Avanti West Coast, Arriva Trains Wales and East Midlands Trains.
The road network around the area is extensive, including the M6, M60, M61 and M62 as well as major A routes.
Manchester International Airport, seven miles south of the city centre, is the third busiest airport in the UK, offering chartered and scheduled flights worldwide.
Did you know?
The Bridgewater Canal, opened in 1761, was the UK's first artificial waterway built without a link to a river. The canal runs for 39 miles from Runcorn in Cheshire to Leigh, near Wigan, via the Barton Swing Aqueduct over the Manchester Ship Canal.
At the height of its industrial fame, Oldham was the most productive cotton spinning mill town in the world. The first mill opened in 1778 and the last closed in 1998.
Conveyancing in Greater Manchester made easy with Homeward Legal
Towns and districts within this county include:
Bramhall, Bredbury, Cheadle-Hulme