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Updated: 20/01/18

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

By road: Salford is served by the M60, M602, A6 and A56. By rail: The nearest train station is Salford Central. By air: The closest airports to Salford are Manchester Airport (13 miles), Liverpool John Lennon Airport (32), Blackpool Airport (47), and Hawarden Airport (48).

Hospital: Salford Royal, Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HD. Council: Salford City Council (

Attractions: The Lowry, Salford Cathedral, Manchester Ship Canal, Kersal Moor, Ordsall Hall, Peel Park, and Salford Museum and Art Gallery.


I've had a conveyancing quote from you, which looks quite inexpensive, so could we end up paying any extra charges?

Homeward Legal will never charge any hidden costs under any circumstances. Some websites offer unrealistically low 'quotes' that are in fact estimates, which they will not be required to adhere to. Homeward Legal’s quotes lay out the fees and costs clearly so that you know exactly what your final legal bill will be. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to obtain your fixed-fee quote.


Our move to Salford is a costly activity, and we need to cut costs where possible. We’ve heard about schemes to avoid paying stamp duty, but how do we go about taking advantage of them?

Stamp duty avoidance schemes are very risky and uneconomic. Homeward Legal therefore strongly advises that you don’t get involved with any of them. If the scheme fails, you could be liable for a financial penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty, plus the amount of the outstanding duty, which could run into thousands of pounds. The government occasionally runs legitimate schemes to assist home-buyers (such as relief for first-time purchasers). Your solicitor will be able to tell you if any such schemes are in operation, and, if so, whether you are eligible.


What factors can impact the state of the land in Salford? Are these properly investigated?

Property is contaminated by a broad range of human and natural activities, and factors like radioactive substances in the region or proximity to scrapyards should be considered as part of the appropriate search. Your conveyancing solicitor will organise these searches and detail the findings in the title report.


Does the conveyancer report back to me on the amount of council tax to be paid on a Band A house in Salford before completing on the purchase?

Your solicitor will contact the governing Salford local authority to enquire about the appropriate council tax band and rates, which will subsequently be written in the report on title. Salford City Council have the latest tax rates on their website, but the council tax for the 2016/2017 tax year was:

  • Band A - £1,061.42
  • Band B - £1,238.31
  • Band C - £1,415.22
  • Band D - £1,592.13
  • Band E - £1,945.94
  • Band F - £2,299.74
  • Band G - £2,653.55
  • Band H - £3,184.26

Retrieved on 11 March 2017


Would getting a house survey be advisable if we are buying property in Salford?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors recommends that Salford buyers instruct a surveyor to undertake a structural survey. There are several defects that can affect a property (e.g. unsafe chimney circulation, subsidence, or rotting joists), which will not be addressed during a property valuation undertaken by your conveyancer.


Which factors are key to ensure fast conveyancing for a property we want to buy in Salford?

Contacting a proactive and experienced solicitor is essential to a faster move, and the earlier you appoint one the better. At Homeward Legal, our solicitors are chosen for their speed-focused approach to handling legal matters. Give us a call on 0800 038 6699 for a fixed-fee quote backed up with our ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee. Furthermore, there are several things you as the purchaser can do, such as

  • calling or emailing your solicitor
  • chasing them if you suspect any delays
  • organising your finances early on
  • promptly completing and returning any forms

What types of environmental searches for the uncertain risk of flooding around Greater Manchester will my Salford conveyancing solicitor carry out?

An essential part of the legal due-diligence process when buying a property involves the conveyancer carrying out conveyancing and environmental searches. These provide detail on the risk of flooding near your property and around the Salford area. If the information received indicates a significant risk, your solicitor might advise paying for a more in-depth flood-risk search. This will be passed on to you at cost.


Do you work with lenders who have branches in Salford?

The Homeward Legal group have solicitors who have experience working with all the major lenders assisting home-buyers in Salford. Salford lenders and mortgage specialists include:

  • Co-operative Bank PLC, Olympic House, 6 Olympic Court, Salford, M50 2QP
  • Heritage Mortgages, Conavon Court, 12 Blackfriars Street, Salford, M3 5BQ
  • Halifax, Salford Shopping Centre, Sutton Way, Salford, M6 5HS

What can impact land in Salford. Are these properly investigated?


Property is contaminated by a broad range of human activities, and factors like radioactive substances in the region or proximity to scrap yards should be considered as part of the appropriate search.


What will charges for our conveyancing searches be?


With a Homeward Legal solicitor, you are charged no more than £249 for a standard bundle of searches. In Salford, the standard bundle of searches included a local authority search and a drainage search.


In about four weeks we are expecting to be moving from our detached residence in Salford to our next maisonette in Sale , what is the best point to appoint a home removal company?


Most solicitors tend to advise that you put off arranging removals until the point where the contracts have exchanged has occurred as in all probability the firm moving date wont have been agreed.

For a local Greater Manchester company Kelly's Self Storage, 2 Duncan St, Salford, M5 3SQ Phone: 0800 652 0323 or S & B Transport, 22 Parsons Field, Salford, M6 6EZ Tel: 0161 736 5078.


Will you need a chancel search? We are buying a flat next to land owned by the church in Salford.


Where land in Salford was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to cover the cost of upkeep of local churches. Several sources are used to determine liability in Salford, including tithe documents. Salford churches include St Clement, St Luke w All Saints, Emmanuel LEP and The Church of the Ascension.


Is your solicitor team able to 1 month completions on the legal conveyancing of residential property auction properties in Salford?


We prepare legal packs for vendors and do frequently act for bidders at auction. We often recommend buyers at auction to formally instruct a lawyer well before the property auction date for a detailed report of the sellers pack.

Thereafter, following the auction day itself a prepared conveyancing lawyer will be ready for complete the legal work in under 4 weeks, a normal requirement of terms of sale.


How do I get out of paying for stamp duty to the Revenue?


Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is generally payable for property purchases valued at over one hundred and twenty-five thousand pounds. Homeward Legal do not recommend clients expose their finances to any stamp duty mitigation scheme, as such schemes are costly and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed .


I've had a conveyancing quote from you. Could we end up paying any extra charges?


Homeward Legal will never charge any hidden costs under any circumstances. Some websites offer unrealistically low 'quotes' which are in fact estimates, which they will not be required to adhere to.