Find out more about conveyancing in Hertfordshire
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Conveyancing in Hertfordshire: A mover's guide
One of the most popular counties for commuters, Hertfordshire offers much more than simply excellent access to London.
With busy, thriving towns and picturesque villages, this is a county regularly topping lists of the best places to live.
Hungry for a Hertfordshire home? Read on to find all you need to know about moving and conveyancing in Hertfordshire.
What does conveyancing in Hertfordshire involve?
When you buy, sell, remortgage or transfer equity from a property, conveyancing is the term used for the paperwork and legal formalities that are part of the process. For example, if you are buying a home in Hertfordshire, a conveyancing solicitor will request searches, negotiate the price, exchange contracts and transfer the funds on completion day. Our Hertfordshire conveyancing solicitors are all fully qualified professionals whose job is to do the legal legwork so you don't have to worry. You can get more information on Homeward Legal's conveyancing services here.
How do I get a quote conveyancing in Hertfordshire?
Getting a quote for conveyancing in Hertfordshire is simple and only takes a few minutes. Head to our online quote builder, select your transaction of choice and enter a few details about yourself as well as the property. You'll get an instant quote on your screen and confirmation of your quote via email. Or call Homeward Legal on seven days a week to get a quote in minutes. You can even arrange a callback at a time that's convenient to you.
Why should I choose a Hertfordshire conveyancing solicitor through Homeward Legal?
Whether you're buying or selling in Hertfordshire, conveyancing can seem overwhelming. That's why we're 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 Hertfordshire will be exactly what you pay, with no hidden costs*.
- Should your move fall through, our offer of no-completion protection means there are no legal fees to pay.
- We only work with fully qualified professionals regulated by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers or the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
- We'll explain everything in plain English with no jargon, so you understand each part of the conveyancing process.
- We're the proud recipients of hundreds of positive reviews on Trustpilot - showing just how highly our customers value our services.
*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 Hertfordshire cost?
The final fee for conveyancing in Hertfordshire will depend on factors such as the property's value and whether it is freehold or leasehold. Depending on your transaction, your conveyancing costs could include searches, land registry fees, solicitors' fees, bank transfer fees, Stamp Duty Land Tax*** and more. There is more information in our 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 Hertfordshire's best home-mover destinations?
The cathedral town of St Albans was one of the south-east regional winners in the Sunday Times' 2020 list of the Best Places to Live in the UK. But this mediaeval jewel isn't the only gem in the county.
Other excellent urban destinations include Harpenden, Hitchin, Stevenage, Hemel Hempstead and Bishop's Stortford, also a regional winner in the 2020 Best Places to Live list. Meanwhile, smaller but just as alluring locations include Berkhamsted, Redbourn, Flamstead and Wheathampstead, along with Ware and King's Langley.
How much is a typical property in Hertfordshire?
As befitting its leafy surrounds, Hertfordshire has some of the priciest property in the London commuter belt. The most expensive areas are those around St Albans in the south-west of the county, closest to the capital. Look to the north and north-east of Hertfordshire for the most affordable spots.
The Land Registry produces monthly data on sold property prices for every region in England. Its most recent property price round-up shows the average price of a home in Hertfordshire is £399,233. Digging a little deeper, the data reveals the average sold price of a property in St Albans is £509,703, an average that drops to £286,123 in Stevenage. In North Hertfordshire, which includes Hitchin and Letchworth Garden City, average prices for 2020 stand at £346,411.
Will buying a leasehold property slow down conveyancing in Hertfordshire?
There are two common types of property tenure in England: freehold and leasehold. Leaseholders own the property only and not the land, which remains in the ownership of the landowner or freeholder. The land is then leased to the property owner, usually on a long-term basis that can last for decades and even centuries. There are around four million leasehold properties in England and Wales. However, buying a leasehold property can occasionally be complicated, especially if the lease needs to be renewed. For properties of this type in Hertfordshire, conveyancing may take longer. For more on what's involved in buying leasehold, check out our guide. When you instruct a Hertfordshire conveyancing solicitor through Homeward Legal, they will get to work quickly on gathering all the essential information needed to make a transaction go without a hitch.
Which council has control of schooling in Hertfordshire?
Hertfordshire County Council is the local authority in charge of all state education within the county. There are also many independent, academy and religious schools in this area. For more information on the most up-to-date Ofsted rankings for all schools and colleges in Hertfordshire, check out the government's school comparison website.
Is there a flood risk to property in Hertfordshire?
Like all areas of the UK, parts of Hertfordshire are considered at risk of flooding. To mitigate any risk, ask your Hertfordshire conveyancing solicitor to instruct 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 helpful aid, too.
What kind of searches will I need for conveyancing in Hertfordshire?
Your Hertfordshire conveyancing solicitor will talk you through the essential conveyancing searches. Here are some of the most common:
- Local authority: Reveals any prior or current planning consents around a property, particularly important for conservation areas. Hertfordshire has many conservation areas, such as Little Berkhamsted, Ardeley and Elstree.
- Environmental: Looks for any issues around contaminated land, which has been previously used for industry, such as factories, quarries and landfill.
HS2: The high-speed rail link from London to Birmingham does not directly cross over Hertfordshire's borders but will snake through neighbouring Buckinghamshire. For peace of mind, a conveyancing solicitor may commission this search to ensure there is no risk to any sale.
- Chancel repair liability: A historic but rare charge dating back to the formation of the Church of England that relates to responsibility for repairs to the local parish church.
Is Hertfordshire a good location for commuters?
Its proximity to London makes Hertfordshire one of the most accessible commuter belt areas around the capital. The county benefits from express and local rail services, connecting towns such as St Albans, Stevenage, Hitchin and Hertford with London Euston and King's Cross.
The M1 dissects the county from south to north, as does the A(1)M to Newcastle. A section of the M25 also crosses Hertfordshire from east to west.
Luton Airport is a 20-minute drive from St Albans, while Stansted and Heathrow Airports are reached within an hour from most of the county.
Did you know?
St Albans Cathedral has the highest nave of any church in England, standing at 84metres. The cathedral is second in size only to Winchester Cathedral and is named for St Alban, a 3rd-century pagan regarded as Britain's first saint.
Hertfordshire is home to an artificially made waterway that provides London with fresh drinking water. The New River, near Ware, takes water from the River Lea all the way to Islington in North London. It opened in 1613.
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Towns and districts within this county include:
Abbots-Langley, Baldock, Bedmond, Berkhamsted, Bishops-Stortford, Borehamwood, Boxmoor, Broxbourne, Buntingford, Bushey, Cheshunt, Chorleywood, Croxley-Green, Cuffley, Goffs-Oak, Harpenden, Hatfield, Hemel-Hempstead, Hertford, Hitchin, Hoddesdon, Kings-Langley, Kington, Knebworth, Ledbury, Letchworth-Garden-City, London Colney, Markyate, Much-Hadham, New-Barnet, Potters-Bar, Radlett, Rickmansworth, Ross-On-Wye, Sawbridgeworth, Shenley, South-Oxhey, St-Albans, Stanstead-Abbotts, Stevenage, Tring, Waltham-Cross, Ware, Watford, Welwyn-Garden-City, Wheathampstead