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

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Conveyancing in Manchester: A mover's guide

The biggest metropolitan area in the north-west of England, Manchester is a vibrant city with an incredible history, thriving culture and great sporting rivalries.

The city was the birthplace of the industrial revolution, but there's so much more to Manchester than its glittering past. In fact, many of the former mills that made Manchester's wealth in the past have been converted into sought-after city apartments.

We answer all the crucial questions on conveyancing in Manchester.

What is involved in conveyancing in Manchester?

Conveyancing is the term law professionals use for the process of buying and selling property. All the paperwork and legal formalities needed for buying, selling, remortgaging and transferring equity are conveyancing. When you instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Manchester, they will request searches on the property for buyers, negotiate the price with the other party's solicitor, exchange contracts and transfer funds on completion day. Our Manchester conveyancing solicitors are all fully qualified professionals, and their job is to do all the legal legwork so that you don't have to worry.

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How do I get a quote for Manchester conveyancing?

Use our online quote builder to get a quote for Manchester conveyancing in minutes. We only need a few details about you and the property involved. Our team are also available on seven days a week. You can request a callback at a time convenient for you.

How much does conveyancing in Manchester cost?

All conveyancing transactions are unique, meaning the final bill depends on such factors as the value of the property. A Manchester conveyancing bill will include solicitors' fees, surveyor costs and Stamp Duty Land Tax*** for buyers, Land Registry fees, searches and bank transfer charges. Our guide to average conveyancing fees can help give you an idea of the costs involved in Manchester conveyancing.

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 Manchester?

The most 2020 data from the Land Registry on sold house prices shows that the average price of a property in Manchester is £184,524. A detached property costs on average £332,627 with a semi-detached reaching an average sold price of £227.978. Terraced properties are still a popular buy in Manchester with the average selling price now £171,829. Expect to pay an average £160,964 for a flat or maisonette.

How much is council tax in Manchester?

The local authority, Manchester City Council, sets council tax rates. Each property is allocated into one of eight bands depending on its valuation - you can check out your property's band on the government website.

Within the Manchester City Council boundaries, the bands for 2020-21 are:

Tax BandCharges
Band A£1,149.80
Band B£1,341.43
Band C£1,533.07
Band D£1724.71
Band E£2,107.97
Band F£2,491.24
Band G£2,874.51
Band H£3,449.42

I work from home and need good broadband speeds - how does Manchester measure up?

In 2019, Manchester became home to the UK's fastest gigabit home broadband when Virgin Media switched on its Hub 4 router. The city centre and areas such as Wythenshawe, Sale and Old Trafford all benefit now from superfast broadband speeds.

Are Manchester's schools top of the class?

Manchester has 133 primary schools, 51 secondary schools and 25 sixth form and further education colleges. Of those, 25 are rated as outstanding by Ofsted. Use the government website to check the rating of schools in your chosen area.

The city also has three universities - the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford.

Will I need a chancel liability search when I move in Manchester?

Chancel repairs liability are a historic legal right for Church of England parishes within England and Wales. These date back to the time of Henry VIII and the Reformation. Read more here in our detailed guide. Essentially a parish can order the owners of land or property within its boundaries to pay for repairs to the chancel or altar. To ensure you are fully aware of any potential financial risk, your Manchester conveyancing solicitor will commission a chancel liability search. If there is a liability, the solicitor will outline your options, including purchasing indemnity insurance.

Are there any rules I should know about buying in a conservation area in Manchester?

There are currently 34 conservation areas within the boundaries of Manchester City Council, including Albert Square, Castlefield and Deansgate. Conservation areas are those designated as having a special architectural or historic quality and are governed by strict rules on what property owners can do. For example, any replacement windows or doors must ensure they do not alter the character of a building. When you're buying in a conservation area and you think any alteration work has been carried out, your Manchester conveyancing solicitor will order a local authority planning search. This will reveal all historic or current planning consents and permissions. Where work has been done without consent, your solicitor can advise on your next step, such as applying for retrospective planning permission or taking out indemnity insurance that would pay for the building to be restored to its original look.

Manchester has a long industrial history, but does that mean there's a risk of buying on contaminated land?

Manchester's lengthy industrial history does indeed mean the city has a large number of sites that were once used for industry and have been redeveloped but may still have some element of pollution or contamination. By law, the city council must keep a register of all identified contaminated land where substances could be a risk to human or wildlife and to the environment. Your conveyancing solicitor in Manchester will order an environmental search from the council to identify contaminated land nearby.

Can your conveyancing solicitors help with a property auction buy in Manchester?

Yes, we can help with all property auction conveyancing in Manchester. We work with a nationwide panel of law firms who have been carefully vetted and chosen for their expertise in all areas of conveyancing. Our partner law firms have completed auction property transactions from sales at Auction House London, Allsop (commercial and residential), Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Acuitus, Phillip Arnold Auctions, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers & Norris. The best move when buying at auction is to instruct a Manchester conveyancing solicitor beforehand, allowing your legal team to investigate lot's legal pack. That gives them a head start in processing the property transaction within the 28-day deadline. Read our comprehensive guide to conveyancing for auction property to find out more.

Did you know?

Manchester is home to the first man-made waterway in the UK. The Bridgewater Canal, known as the Duke's Cut, opened in 1761. The Manchester Ship Canal, opened more than a century later, connected the city to the Irish Sea 36 miles away.

The Rolls-Royce Company was created in 1904 after a lunch at the Midland Hotel in Manchester between car salesman Charles Rolls and engineer Henry Royce.

We are here to make your Manchester conveyancing journey go without a hitch. Get an instant quote online at any time. Or call Homeward Legal's friendly team on to discuss your options for conveyancing on a property purchase or sale, remortgaging a current home or a transfer of equity. We're open seven days with late nights Monday to Friday and will call you back at a time that suits.

Areas within this city include:

Altrincham, Ardwick, Ashton-In-Makerfield, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Atherton, Baguley, Bardsley, Blackley, Bolton, Burnage, Bury, Castleton, Chadderton, Cheadle, Cheetham, Cheetham-Hill, Chorlton, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Denton, Didsbury, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Eccles, Failsworth, Fallowfield, Gatley, Gorton, Hale, Hazel-Grove, Heaton-Moor, Heywood, Horwich, Hulme, Hurst, Hyde, Ince-in-Makerfield, Irlam, Leigh, Levenshulme, Little-Hulton, Littleborough, Marple, Marple-Bridge, Miles-Platting, Moss-Nook, Mossley, Moston, Northern-Moor, Oldham, Openshaw, Partington, Prestwich, Radcliffe, Ramsbottom, Reddish, Rochdale, Romiley, Royton, Rusholm, Rusholme, Sale, Salford, Stalybridge, Standish, Stockport, Stretford, Swinton, Timperley, Trafford, Tyldesley, Urmston, Walkden, Waolstenholme, Westhoughton, Whalley-Range, Whitefield, Wigan, Worsley, Wythenshawe