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Conveyancing in Manchester Q & As

To look after the legal work, when you’re buying or selling a house or flat in Manchester, you will have to instruct a solicitor.

The solicitors on Homeward Legal's panel have many years’ conveyancing experience in Manchester and Greater Manchester. Our proactive approach means we often move you in the shortest possible time.

 

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

  • By road: Manchester is served by the M60, M62, M602, M61, M67 and A34.
  • By rail: Manchester has a number of prominent stations, chief among them being Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria, Manchester Oxford Road, and Deansgate.
  • By air: Manchester Airport is 9 miles and City Airport and Heliport (at Eccles) is 10 miles from Manchester.
  • Hospital: Manchester Royal Infirmary, Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9WL.
  • Council: Manchester City Council (www.manchester.gov.uk).
  • Attractions: Manchester Cathedral, National Football Museum, Imperial War Museum North, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Art Gallery, and Heaton Park.

I am looking for the cheapest conveyancing solicitors for the purchase of a terraced house in Manchester. How do I get a quote?

Offers of 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes' by many firms may, unfortunately, not be everything they seem, with extra costs hidden in small print. These extras are often not read by sellers and buyers who are likely to be in a hurry, eager to get their house exchange moving. Such extra charges need to be fair and clearly stated. At Homeward Legal, we never hide any costs, and our quotes offer 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.

We are purchasing our Manchester three-bedroom, semi-detached house with Standard Life Mortgages. Is there anything in agreeing the mortgage with them that I should be aware of?

With some lenders in Manchester, they have decided to reduce the size of their solicitor panels. The practical upshot of this might mean additional costs for the buyer as the fees of necessary extra legal work will be passed on. Homeward Legal are able to act on behalf of many mortgage lenders so that the buyer will not have to pay legal fees for your lender's solicitor. Give us a call to discuss your needs with our experts.

We are using a lender in Greater Manchester, and need to know which Manchester lenders your solicitors work with.

The Homeward Legal group have solicitors who have a great deal of experience working with all the major lenders providing financing to purchasers in Manchester. Local lenders and mortgage specialists include:

  • Allied Irish Bank (GB), Hardman Street, Manchester, M3 3PL
  • Lloyds Bank PLC, 42-46 Market Street, Deansgate, Manchester, M1 1PW
  • Ballard Evans, Lowry House, 17 Marble Street, Manchester, M2 3AW.

Is your panel of solicitors sat Homeward Legal set up for 28-day completions on the conveyancing of property auction properties in Manchester?

Once the auction is over, it is a legal requirement to complete all the conveyancing within the four-week timeframe. It is prudent, therefore, for auction buyers to engage their conveyancer as promptly as possible for a detailed review of all the legal documents well before the day of the auction. Homeward Legal’s conveyancing team have frequently been appointed for both buyers and vendors at auction. Give our niche team a call on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your auction conveyancing needs.

Are pre-completion searches disbursements or fees?

For some legal firms, it may not be clear if an itemised charge is a fee or a disbursement. The costs for searches are disbursements and not fees, and this expense is passed on to the buyer at cost. At Homeward Legal, our straightforward approach to detailing the conveyancing quote makes the distinction completely clear. Call our skilled conveyancing team on 0800 038 6699 to arrange a fixed-fee quote, backed up by our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

How much time can be planned for the conveyancing process to take in Manchester?

For most residential properties, a conveyancing solicitor can complete everything between one and three months, on average. The disparate duration is predicated on several issues which may affect the smoothness of the transaction (e.g. slow responses along the chain, someone awaiting a mortgage, or contentious and unexpected issues arising). With the experienced solicitors at Homeward Legal, every purchase is handled as fast as possible, without compromising on service, using solicitors who are highly proactive. We aim to complete the conveyancing work within six weeks. Give us a call on 0800 038 6699 for a fixed-fee quote backed up with our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

What is the council tax likely to be on a Forties mid-terrace home in Manchester? And which band will my husband and I be in?

As part of the creation of the report on title for you by your appointed conveyancing solicitor, they will contact the local authority (here Manchester City Council) to find out the information you need. Up-to-date rates for homes in Manchester are tabled at the Manchester Council site (refer to the top of these FAQs for more information. The tax rates for each band in Manchester for the 2016/2017 tax year are:

  • Band A - £956.74
  • Band B - £1,116.19
  • Band C - £1,275.65
  • Band D - £1,435.12
  • Band E - £1,754.04
  • Band F - £2,072.95
  • Band G - £2,391.86
  • Band H - £2,870.24
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Flood risk searches are estimated from archived information but when you factor in recent climatic events (like the flooding in September 2012 in Northwest England), are they the most thorough way to advise on the risk of flooding in Manchester?

When you instruct your conveyancing solicitor, they will initiate a set of standard searches. The environmental search includes the assessment of the risk of flooding at your Manchester house. If the flood risk is deemed significant enough, a more in-depth search at Landmark will be requested. To allay your fears further, you could try talking to a local flood damage repair expert. Property purchasers also sometimes speak to a future neighbour for added assurance if they are still concerned about the level of risk.

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