Find out more about conveyancing in Reading

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

One Fixed Price Fee
Fixed price cost for your Conveyancing

Our solicitors carry out all the conveyancing work for your house move for a fixed fee.

No Completion Protection
No-Completion protection as standard

You will not be charged any solicitors fees, if for any reason your transaction does not complete.

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With local experience, our solicitors will lead you through the whole of your sale or purchase.

Conveyancing in Reading: A mover's guide

The Berkshire town of Reading is increasingly becoming a go-to commuter destination for those who work in London and beyond.

With excellent transport links that promise to be improved by Crossrail, a thriving retail scene and a growing tech hub, Reading has a lot to offer in terms of property, too - choose from modern apartments, Victorian terraces or family newbuilds.

Considering a move to Berkshire? We've got all your questions on conveyancing in Reading covered.

What is involved in conveyancing in Reading?

When you buy or sell property, remortgage an existing property or transfer equity, conveyancing is the legal process involved. This involves all the paperwork and legal formalities to conclude the transaction. If you're buying a home in Reading, a conveyancing solicitor will take request searches, negotiate the price, exchange contracts and transfer the funds on completion day. All the Reading conveyancing solicitors we work with are fully qualified. Read more about the conveyancing services Homeward Legal offers here.

How do I get a quote for Reading conveyancing?

Use our online quote builder to get a quote for Reading conveyancing in minutes. 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 Reading cost?

Every conveyancing transaction is unique, so the final cost will depend on factors such as the value of the property. A Reading conveyancing bill is likely to include solicitors' fees, surveyor costs, Stamp Duty Land Tax***, Land Registry fees, searches and bank transfer charges. In our guide to average conveyancing fees, you can find out the costs involved in Reading 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.

How much does the average property cost in Reading?

The most recent 2020 updates on sold property prices from the Land Registry shows that the average home in Reading sells for £292,712. Breaking down those figures shows that a detached property has an average selling price of £590,771 with a semi-detached fetching £369,842. A terraced home will sell for an average £292,285 with flats and maisonettes selling for £213,597 on average.

How much will I pay in council tax in Reading?

Reading Borough Council sets the council tax rates for the city. Each residential property falls into one of eight bands. You can check which band your property has been placed here.

For 2020-21, council tax rates in Reading are:

Tax BandCharges
Band A£1,317.37
Band B£1,536,92
Band C£1,756.48
Band D£1,976.04
Band E£2,415.16
Band F£2,854.27
Band G£3,293.41
Band H£3,952.08

How good are broadband speeds in Reading?

Most parts of Reading can access superfast, fibre-optic broadband with a number of providers offering excellent packages. You can use a broadband comparison site to check the typical speeds available at the postcode of your new property.

How do schools rate in Reading?

There are 67 primary schools in Reading, along with 26 secondary and 22 sixth form and further education colleges. Of those schools, 15 are rated as outstanding by Ofsted. Find out how your chosen school rates on the government's school performance website.

Reading is home to the University of Reading and to Henley Business School.

What can you tell me about contaminated land in Reading?

Former industrial sites - including factories, quarries, mines and landfill - are often contaminated and must be cleaned up before being used again. By law, Reading Borough Council must keep a register of all sites that have been identified as contaminated. Your Reading conveyancing solicitor will commission an environmental search from the council that will identify if your chosen property is affected by any contamination.

Is a chancel repair liability search a necessity when buying in Reading?

Chancel repair liability relates to historic Church of England parishes and a potential charge for property and landowners within those boundaries. We've prepared an informative guide to the liability. A Reading conveyancing solicitor for a purchase will advise on whether a chancel repair liability search is necessary for your transaction.

We're buying property in a Reading conservation area - what does this mean?

Conservation areas are those of special architectural or historic interest, which have much stricter planning controls. This means that any changes made to a property and even to trees or other landscaping must have permission from Reading Borough Council. There are currently 15 conservation areas within Reading, including Eldon Square and Market Place. Your conveyancing solicitor in Reading will instruct a local authority search that will reveal if your intended property purchase is affected by a conservation area's planning rules.

Should we instruct a conveyancing solicitor before we buy at property auction in Reading?

Our advice to anyone buying property at auction is to instruct their Reading conveyancing solicitor before making any bid. This gives your lawyer time to examine the legal pack and complete the transaction within what can often be a tight deadline, usually 28 days. You can read more in our comprehensive guide to conveyancing for auction property. The law firms we work with have completed sales 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.

Did you know?

The University of Reading began life in the 19th century as an extension college of Oxford University but is now a top-ranked university in its own right.

Oscar Wilde spent two years doing hard labour in prison in Reading in the 1890s after being convicted of gross indecency. The Irish poet wrote the Ballad of Reading Gaol after his release.

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