Find out more about conveyancing in Ipswich

If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in Ipswich, 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 Ipswich, 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 Ipswich: A mover's guide

Ipswich is one of East Anglia's jewel, a thriving and prosperous market town in the heart of the countryside.

A heady blend of the ancient and the new, Ipswich has much to offer its residents. Recent redevelopment of the town's waterfront, on the estuary of the River Orwell, has breathed new life into the town centre, while the port remains one of the busiest on the east coast.

Find out what you need to know about making a move to East Anglia and conveyancing in Ipswich.

What is involved in conveyancing in Ipswich?

Conveyancing is the term the legal world uses for the paperwork and legal formalities required to buy and sell property, to remortgage and to complete a transfer of equity from a property. When instructed, your Ipswich conveyancing solicitor will begin work, including requesting searches, negotiating on the price, exchanging contracts and transferring funds on completion day. Homeward Legal works with fully qualified and experienced Ipswich conveyancing solicitors, who do all the legal legwork so that you don't have to worry. Find out more here about Homeward Legal's conveyancing services.

How do I get a quote for conveyancing in Ipswich?

You can use our online quote builder for an instant quote for all conveyancing services in Ipswich. Simply provide a few details about yourself and the property involved. You can also request a callback from our team at the most convenient time or call to chat through your requirements. We're open seven days.

How much does conveyancing in Ipswich cost?

There is no one-price-fits-all when it comes to the cost of conveyancing in Ipswich. The final price you pay will depend on several factors, including the value of the property involved. Your Ipswich conveyancing transaction will include solicitors' fees, Land Registry charges, surveyor costs and Stamp Duty Land Tax*** when buying. Buyers will also have to pay for searches and both buyers and sellers must pay bank transfer fees. You can find out about all the costs involved in conveyancing in Derby in our comprehensive guide to average conveyancing fees.

The Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday of up to £500,000 ended on the 30th June 2021. However, there is still temporary relief in place until 31st September 2021 up to £250,000, with the stamp duty rate ranging from 2% to 12% of the purchase price in England and Northern Ireland. After then, stamp duty will revert back to the normal threshold of £125,000.

The conveyancing process explained

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

What are average house prices like in Ipswich?

Ipswich is definitely one of the more affordable towns in England. According to the most recent Land Registry sold price data, the average cost of a property in the town is £193,513. The average detached home will cost £334,730 with a semi fetching an average £218,206. You'll pay £168,648 on average for a terraced property and £134,044 for a flat or maisonette.

How much will I pay in council tax in Ipswich?

Council tax rates are set by Ipswich Borough Council with all residential property placed into one of eight bands depending on the valuation. Check which band your property is in on the government website.

For 2021-22, Ipswich Borough Council bands are:

Tax BandCharges
Band A£1,290.48
Band B£1,505.56
Band C£1,720.64
Band D£1,935.72
Band E£2,365.88
Band F£2,796.04
Band G£3,226.20
Band H£3,871.44

How good are broadband speeds in Ipswich?

Superfast fibre broadband is available in Ipswich, thanks to networks provided by both BT and Virgin Media. You can check out the available speeds by putting your postcode into a broadband comparison site.

Does Ofsted rate Ipswich's schools?

Ipswich has 47 primary schools, 17 secondary and eight sixth form and further education colleges. Ofsted has ranked six of those as outstanding. Check out your chosen school's Ofsted ranking on the website.

The University of Suffolk is based in Ipswich, and students can also choose from courses at Suffolk New College and West Suffolk College.

We're buying a home close to an old church - should we ask about chancel liability in Ipswich?

Chancel repair is an ongoing concern in England and Wales, thanks to a historic liability dating back to the 16th century and Henry VIII's creation of the Church of England. We've created our own chancel liability guide, which explains what's involved. In short, however, some land and property within the boundaries of a Church of England parish may be responsible for the cost of repairs to the church's chancel or altar. A chancel repair liability search, instructed by your Ipswich conveyancing solicitor, will reveal if the property you intend to buy is affected. You can then weigh up your options for buying; for example, purchasing indemnity insurance to protect you against future financial costs.

What do I need to know about conservation areas before buying in Ipswich?

Conservation areas are those that have been designated as having special architectural or historic interest. It's important in conservation areas to preserve character and appearance, therefore planning rules around changes to property and land are much more strict. In Ipswich, there are current 15 conservation areas, including Central, Barrack Corner and the Wet Dock. Your Ipswich conveyancing solicitor will order a local authority planning search that will reveal if any changes have been made to a property in a conservation area.

Will contaminated land be a risk factor in Ipswich?

Contaminated land is land that has previously been used for industrial purposes - for example, mines, steelworks, factories and landfill - and also land where there may have been pollution or spillages. This land can be a risk to human life, wildlife and the environment. Ipswich Borough Council keeps a register of contaminated land. At the moment there are no contaminated land sites within the borough, although the council notes that some areas are affected by radon. When carrying out your Ipswich conveyancing, your solicitor can request an environmental search that will reveal any risks.

I'm buying at auction in Ipswich - can you help?

We most certainly can with all property auction conveyancing in Ipswich. We work with a nationwide panel of experienced property law firms who regularly complete purchase transactions from auctions. Those include successful sales at Auction House London, Allsop (commercial and residential), Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Acuitus, Phillips Arnold Auctions, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers & Norris. Talk to our team for the best advice on buying at auction. For example, it makes most sense to instruct your Ipswich conveyancing solicitor before buying, giving the lawyer time to examine the lot's legal pack. That can also help ensure your transaction is completed within the auction deadline, which is usually 28 days.

How well connected is Ipswich?

Ipswich is linked to the rail network by Greater Anglia with the fastest service reaching London in just over an hour. Services link to Ely and Cambridge to the west, Norwich and Bury St Edmunds to the north and Colchester to the south.

Bus services within the town and around the wider Suffolk area are offered by Ipswich Buses and First Eastern Counties Buses with National Express running coaches to Stansted and Heathrow Airports and into central London.

Did you know?

Charles Dickens was a regular visitor to Ipswich and used the town as the setting for the novel, The Pickwick Papers, first published in 1836.

The world's first petrol lawnmower was invented and manufactured in Ipswich by Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies. With a price tag of £137 - around £15,000 in today's money - the mower was not for any common-or-garden gardener.

At Homeward Legal, we pride ourselves on making all conveyancing in Ipswich as simple and uncomplicated as possible. Whatever type of conveyancing you need - buying or selling property, remortgaging or a transfer of equity - we tailor our quote for your exact requirements. You can get an instant quote online now or simply call to talk to our team. We're open seven days so why not arrange a callback for a time that's most convenient to you?