Conveyancing in Oxford Q & A
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Conveyancing in Oxford Q & A

If you are selling, buying or remortgaging a property in Oxford, you will need to instruct a solicitor to handle the legal work for you.

Our network of solicitors has many years’ experience of conveyancing in Oxford, and across Oxfordshire. Our proactive approach means we often move you in the shortest possible time.

Transport and public service information if buying or selling residential property in Oxford

  • By road: Excellent major road access via the M40 (junctions 8 or 9), the A40, and the A34.
  • By rail: The nearest train station is Oxford.
  • By air: London Oxford Airport is 6 miles, Turweston Aerodrome 21 miles, and Wycombe Air Park is 22 miles from Oxford.
  • Hospital: John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9DU.
  • Council: Oxford City Council.

How do I get the best conveyancing rates in Oxford for a £340,000 property?

Many conveyancers claim to offer supposedly cheap conveyancing, but frequently have hidden costs in their terms of engagement. Any extra costs must be reasonable and clear, and might include additional work completed on your behalf by the solicitor, which could not be anticipated at the start. Use the Homeward Legal quote calculator for a fixed-fee price quote on your property sale or purchase, equity transfer or remortgage. With Homeward Legal, you are protected by our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee. Buyers have additional guarantees, such as Search Plus Protection.

Flood risk searches are based on archived data, but factoring in recent climatic events, are they current enough to establish sufficient information about the Oxford flood risk?

Your Oxford conveyancing solicitor will apply for the appropriate environmental searches, which should include a more thorough flood search if the risk warrants it. If you are still concerned, you could try consulting one of your future Oxford neighbours. If you are still concerned, you could try consulting one of your future Oxford neighbours.

We are bidding at a property auction and need a fast purchase. What do we need to organise?

Finding a proactive, experienced solicitor is essential to fast conveyancing. When searching for a suitable solicitor, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do they offer ‘instant’ online quotes?
  • Are phone, fax and email their preferred methods of contact? Or face-to-face?
  • How soon will they order the searches?

Can Homeward Legal complete the legal conveyancing of residential property auctions in Oxford within 1 month?

Yes. Our team prepare legal packs for vendors and frequently work for auction buyers and sellers. Our niche team of auction conveyancing solicitors has worked for clients at national and local property auctions including Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London. Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions, and Drivers Norris. Shrewd auction property buyers appoint their conveyancing lawyer as soon as possible for a detailed review of the property’s legal documents well before the auction day. After the auction, your lawyer will complete the legal work in the 4-week timeframe, as this is a legal requirement for auction sales.

In the next few days, we are moving from our terraced property just outside Oxford to our new house in Henley-on-Thames. When is the best time to choose a home removal company?

Most solicitors advise waiting to arrange removals until the formal exchange of contracts, because usually the firm moving date will not have been agreed. When you do have a date, you could try the following: Britannia Freestones, Telephone Exchange, Speedwell Street, Oxford, OX1 1RH (Tel: 01865 201144); Removals Oxford, 122 Marlborough Road, Grandpoint, Oxford, OX1 4FR (Tel: 0871 704 2804).

Do you advise trying to avoid paying Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on my Oxford property purchase?

We firmly advise against any form of SDLT mitigation. Such schemes are often uneconomical and, if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed. If in doubt, consult your conveyancing lawyer or call Homeward Legal to talk to our property experts.

When in the process do we need to arrange a conveyancer in Oxford?

If you use a firm offering a ‘no move, no fee’ guarantee, the sooner you instruct them, the better. Early instruction to act on your Oxford sale or purchase can limit the risk of the deal failing. With Homeward Legal, we offer this guarantee and more, which means you have less to worry about during this stressful time. Give us a call on 0800 038 6699 to talk about a fixed fee quote.