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Conveyancing in North-West London: A mover's guide

From grand mansions to affordable flats for newcomers to home ownership, North-West London has lots to offer home buyers. We look at the boroughs of Ealing, Harrow, Brent, Hillingdon and Hounslow to find out their appeal.

Each can look forward to the benefits of the enormous Crossrail project, which will speed up and improve connections between east and west London and beyond the capital. That, along with major regeneration, enhances the appeal of these boroughs.

We answer all the vital questions about a conveyancing services in North-West London.

What is involved in conveyancing in North-West London?

All the paperwork and legal formalities needed for buying, selling, remortgaging and transferring equity are part of conveyancing. When you instruct a North-West London conveyancing solicitor, they will start the process, including requesting searches on the property for buyers, negotiating the price with the other party's solicitor, exchanging contracts and transferring the funds. Homeward Legal works with fully qualified and expert property law firms for all conveyancing in North-West London. Find out more about the conveyancing services Homeward Legal offers here.

How do I get a quote for conveyancing in North-West London?

Get a quote for North-West London conveyancing in minutes using our online quote builder. All we need are some details about you and the property involved. Our team are also available on seven days a week. You can request a callback for a time that suits you.

How much does conveyancing in North-West London cost?

Each conveyancing transaction is unique, which means the final cost will depend on a number of factors, such as the value of the property. A North-West London conveyancing bill will include solicitors' fees, surveyor costs, Stamp Duty Land Tax***, Land Registry fees, searches and bank transfer charges. Check out our guide to average conveyancing fees to gauge the costs involved in North-West London 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.

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What types of property are available in North-West London?

The five boroughs we're profiling in our North-West London guide are among the most popular for commuters and for families. Ealing is characterised by its Victorian and Edwardian properties, including large detached and semi-detached. This area also features a large number of homes built in the 1920s and 1930s, again aimed at that era's growing commuter traffic. Modern apartment blocks have risen along with the revamping of the town centre.

Its famous school may be the main thing Harrow is known for, but savvy home buyers know it's only 15 minutes from the town to central London. That makes its rows of 1930s detached and semi-detached properties much sought after. The town centre also has lots to offer by way of newbuild apartments and flats, included much-needed affordable properties for first-time buyers.

Brent's most famous landmark is, of course, Wembley Stadium. But the borough is also distinctive for its high number of rented properties with more than a third of its households living in private rental accommodation. However, those looking to buy a home can browse the major regeneration projects at Wembley and Park Royal where more than 26,000 new homes are being provided over the next decade.

Hillingdon hosts some of London's biggest industrial sites along with Heathrow Airport and is the second biggest borough by area. Victorian and Edward detached, semi-detached and terraced properties are typical, but in common with its neighbours, Hillingdon has also seen a large number of newbuild developments offering family homes and flats.

One of the capital's most diverse areas, Hounslow is also one of the most affordable with 1920s and 1930s detached and semi-detached family homes alongside rows of terraces and flats and many newbuild developments.

How much does the average property cost in North-West London?

Here's the most recent Land Registry average sold price data for property in each of our Ealing: £467,720( detached £1,080,360; semi £658,311; terraced £541,031; flats/maisonettes £369,068)

Harrow: £446,995 (detached £1,060,947; semi £563,982; terraced £450,739; flats/maisonettes £310,706)

Brent: £502,129 (detached £1,110,177; semi £734,023; terraced £620,208; flats/maisonettes £397,715)

Hillingdon: £410,117 (detached £802,369; semi £510,410; terraced £395,411; flats/maisonettes £267,359)

Hounslow: £418,503 (detached £809,778; semi £580,301; terraced £497,212; flats/maisonettes £327,528)

How much will I pay in council tax in North-West London?

Borough councils set the council tax rates for their area. In each, all residential property is allocated into one of eight bands that depend on its valuation. Check which band your property is in on the government's valuation website.

To get an estimate of what you might pay, we've compiled the most popular Band D council tax rate and a link to the borough website where all ratings and costs are listed:

Ealing: £1,571.22

Harrow: £1,854.79

Brent: £1,644.81

Hillingdon: £1,515.01

Hounslow: £1,607.02

How good are broadband speeds in North-West London?

Full-fibre broadband can be accessed in all areas of London. However, do be aware that speeds can vary across the boroughs. Use your postcode and a broadband comparison site to find out what kind of speeds you can expect in your new home.

What are schools like in North-West London?

Ofsted rates 28 of Ealing's schools as outstanding. In Harrow, 31 schools have the Ofsted outstanding rating; in Hillingdon 20 are rated as outstanding; in Brent, there are 24 with the outstanding tag; while Hounslow has 23 outstanding schools.

Use the government's school comparison website to check the rating of your chosen school.

How important is a flood-risk search when buying in North-West London?

London's main defence against flood risk is the Thames Barrier at Woolwich. Being on the path of the river isn't, however, the only potential risk of flooding as we have seen an increase in flash floods thanks to heavier rainfall. So, it makes sense to consider all potential flood risk when buying a home. You can check the Environment Agency's flood-risk website for guidance. Ask your North-West London solicitor to commission a flood-risk search, which will reveal any threat.

Should I ask about a chancel repair liability search when buying in North-West London?

Chancel repair liability is a historic but rare charge that dates back to the establishment of the Church of England. Effectively a homeowner may be held liable for repairs to the local church's chancel or altar. Find out more in our easy-to-follow guide on chancel repair liability. Your North-West London conveyancing solicitor will advise if a chancel repair liability search is necessary.

What conservation areas in North-West London should property buyers know of?

Thanks to its long and storied history, London has many areas that are significant architecturally or historically. These conservation areas have strict rules to ensure the area's environment is preserved and enhanced. When buying within a conservation area in North-West London, your solicitor will ask for a local authority search to identify any potential issues around planning. Ealing has 29 conservation areas, including Ealing Common and Mill Hill Park, while Harrow also has 29, such as Harrow School. There are 22 conservation areas in Brent, such as Neasden Village and Queen's Park. Hillingdon has 31 conservation areas, including Eastcote Park Estate. And Hounslow has 28 conservation areas, including Chiswick High Street and Cranford Village.

Is contaminated land an issue in North-West London?

Every area of London has been the focus of major regeneration and redevelopment of its old industrial sites. Much of the new development is on brownfield land, some of which may be contaminated by its former uses. By law, each borough must keep a register of all land identified as contaminated. As part of conveyancing for a North-West London property purchase, your solicitor will instruct an environmental search to show where contaminated land is an issue.

Can you find us a conveyancing solicitor for buying property at auction in North-West London?

Yes, we certainly can definitely help with all property auction conveyancing in North-West London. We work with an expert panel of property law firms who have completed auction property sale conveyancing from the likes of Auction House London, Allsop (commercial and residential), Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Acuitus, Phillip Arnold Auctions, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers & Norris. Read more in our comprehensive guide to conveyancing for auction property.

Did you know?

Founded in 1902, Ealing Studios is the oldest studio in the world, responsible for classics such as Passport to Pimlico and Kind Hearts and Coronets as well as the revived St Trinian's series. Interior scenes for Downton Abbey are shot here.

The Spring Ponds at Stanmore in Harrow are also known as Caesar's Ponds. According to legend, Boudicca and her army camped here during the Celtic uprising against the Romans.

The biggest Hindu temple outside of India in the Brent suburb of Neasden. The Shree Swaminarayan temple is made of Indian and Italian marble, granite and limestone.

The only beach Londoners can reach by Tube is the Ruislip Lido, a 60-acre lake located in the Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve in Hillingdon.

The Beatles broke the mould of pop music in the 1960s, but the Fab Four are also considered to have created the genre of pop videos. In 1966, John, Paul, George and Ringo shot two promotional films in the grounds of Chiswick House in Hounslow, performing Paperback Writer and Rain in front of the 18th-century mansion house.

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Areas within this district of London include:

Brent, Canons-Park, Cricklewood, Dollis-Hill, Great-Stanmore, Harlesden, Harrow, Hatch-End, Kensal-Rise, Kilburn-Park, Kingsbury, Neasden, Northwick-Park, Park-Royal, Pinner-Green, Queens-Park, Rayners-Lane, Roe-Green-Village, Stanmore, Stonebridge-Park, Sudbury-Court, Wealdstone, Wembley, Wembley-Central, West-Harrow, Willesden, Willesden-Green