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Updated: 17/10/17

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

By road: Mansfield is served by the M1, A60 and A617. By rail: The nearest train station is Mansfield. By air: The closest airports to Mansfield are East Midlands Airport (27 miles), and Doncaster Sheffield Airport (31 miles).

Hospital: King’s Mill, Mansfield Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, NG17 4JL. Council: Mansfield District Council (

Attractions: Sherwood Forest, King’s Mill Viaduct, Heights of Abraham, Newstead Abbey, Stainsby Mill, and Creswell Crags.


I have a very reasonable-looking quote from you for the conveyancing on a flat in Mansfield I’m buying, but will the fees you charge conceal any hidden costs?

No. Homeward Legal will never charge any additional fees; with us, what you see in our quote is what you get. Some other firms only provide estimates disguised as quotes, allowing them to claim the offer of the ‘cheapest conveyancing quotes’. Unfortunately, the bill you receive on completion can be much greater than you had budgeted for. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to obtain your fixed-fee quote backed up with our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.


We are buying a new house in Mansfield built on an ex-industrial site. Might the soil still be contaminated?

Effort is made on a local and national level to find and clean up topsoil contamination. Various bodies hold data on land-contaminants affecting Mansfield, including local and county authorities. Your conveyancing solicitor will order environmental searches that will reveal the level of contamination of the topsoil, which will then be detailed in the report on title.


The web is full of very helpful books about doing the legal work yourself (e.g. A Practical Approach to Conveyancing by Robert Abbey and Mark Richards), so do we need a solicitor for our Mansfield purchase?

If you are so inclined to attempt your own legal work, you can look after the majority, if not all, of the conveyancing without instructing a dedicated conveyancer. Naturally legal practices, such as Homeward Legal, would argue that this choice is a dangerous approach because have-a-go conveyancers are not covered by the acceptable indemnity insurance that all solicitors firms are required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to carry.


Is there anything we can do to make our Mansfield conveyancing faster?

Instructing an experienced solicitor is absolutely key to ensuring faster conveyancing. When looking for a suitable solicitor, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • How soon will they order searches?
  • Was there a delay delivering a quote?
  • Are phone, fax and email their preferred methods of contact

At Homeward Legal, we have solicitors who are trained to communicate efficiently along the entire property chain, using email and phone. We have also invested in cutting-edge case-management systems, which are integrated with various important authorities for a speedier conveyancing experience. Give our experts a call on 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote.


What level of scrutiny into the risk of flooding in Nottinghamshire will my conveyancing solicitor in Mansfield check for an Edwardian property we are going to buy?

The solicitor will conduct a number of conveyancing searches, including an environmental one, which incorporates Mansfield and county-level flood-risk data. An inexpensive, in-depth, dedicated flood-risk search (e.g. Landmark) might be recommended by your Mansfield property solicitor, if the initial searches suggest a potential flood-risk to the Edwardian flat.


As we want to move quickly into our new Mansfield maisonette, and in your experience, how long will the conveyancing process take?

The length of time taken to transact a residence is not easily predictable, because it is influenced by a handful of complex factors (e.g. delays in sorting out a mortgage or something contentious arising in the searches or building survey). The process can be quite swift (as little as three weeks) or drawn out (as much as three months). Homeward Legal ensure a sale, purchase or transfer of equity is handled as fast as possible, without compromising

on service, aiming to complete within a six-week timeframe. Give us a call on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs further.


Which Mansfield mortgage lenders do you work with?

The Homeward Legal group regularly works with the majority of lenders who provide finance to home-purchasers in Mansfield. Mansfield lenders and mortgage specialists include:

  • Derbyshire Building Society, 24 Market Place, Mansfield, NG18 1HX
  • Lloyds Bank PLC, 1-3 Church Street, Mansfield, NG18 1AF
  • Yorkshire Bank PLC, 26 Westgate, Mansfield, NG18 1HS

The lawyer whom you have instructed should be able to confirm additional costs or hurdles associated with your chosen lender.


In a few weeks, we are hoping to move out of our detached property in Mansfield to a new house in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, so when is the best point to instruct a home-removal company?

In the excitement of moving house, it is tempting to line up all the companies involved in the process, including a removals firm. However, Homeward Legal usually advise that buyers and sellers put off booking a removals company until the point of exchange of contracts. This is when a firm move-date will have been formally agreed. For more information try:

  • AA Scott Removals, 13 Oakland Road, Forest Town, Mansfield, NG19 0EJ (Tel: 07739 870741)
  • A2B Removal, Winthorpe Street, Mansfield, NG19 6LW (Tel: 07504 519287)

May my conveyancing fees conceal any hidden charges?


No. Homeward Legal will never charge any additional fees. Some firms only provide estimates disguised as quotes. The bill you receive on completion can be much greater.


The web is full of many very helpful books about doing the legal work yourself for example A Practical Approach to Conveyancing by Robert Abbey and Mark Richards . Do we need a Mansfield solicitor ?


If you are so inclined attempt this you can look after the majority of the if not all of the conveyancing without instructing a dedicated conveyancer in Mansfield .

Naturally legal practices would argue that this choice is a dangerous approach as have a go conveyancers are not covered by acceptable insurance cover which all solicitors firms are required by the SRA to carry.


Which areas of Mansfield are suitable for disadvantaged area relief?


Mansfield disadvantaged areas are identified by local government ward, and applicable areas currently include Titchfield, Northfield, Sherwood, Broomhill, Birklands, Cumberlands, Ladybrook, Meden, Oak Tree, Pleasleyhill and Ravensdale. Update: As of the 2013/14 tax year, stamp duty relief for disadvantaged areas is no longer available.


What do we need to know about 'fixtures and fittings'?


House purchasers in Mansfield will often be frustrated with the lack of formality over which fixtures and fittings should be included. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction.


Which specific conveyancing searches will a Mansfield solicitor apply for a Mansfield house?


Standard legal protocol will be to get these searches - Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW), Environmental and Gypsum and perhaps less common searches, which might include Subsidence.


As a consequence of the extensive flooding in Sept 2012 in the East Midlands I am worried that environmental searches may not be sufficient?


Flood risk searches carried out by the Mansfield property solicitor should include the far more informative search (Landmark) if it is felt necessary.

If you are still nervous it may be worth trying to get in touch with a neighbour or nearby Nottinghamshire flood repair expert, e.g. P & R Building Solutions, 18 Crosby Cl, Forest Town, Mansfield, NG19 0PW Tel: 01246 705293.


Do you recommend that we get a chancel search? I am buying a Mansfield flat conversion near a 1400s rectory manor.


Repair costs resulting from chancel liability can total hundreds of thousands of pounds. Indemnity policies can be arranged if chancel liability is likely to be enforced. A solicitor will be able to advise further. Church lands in the area include Oak Tree Lane, St Augustine, St John's and St Lawrence.