Find out more about conveyancing in Somerset

If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in Somerset, 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 Somerset, 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.

Simple & Straightforward
Local CQS-accredited Solicitors

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

Conveyancing in Somerset: A mover's guide

Commonly known as the jewel of the south-west, Somerset is arguably the most beautiful of all English counties, thanks to its gloriously unspoilt coastline and stunning Exmoor.

With so much to offer, it's little wonder Somerset features high on home movers' wish lists. Three of its towns feature in the 2020 Sunday Times' Best Places to Live in the UK list.

Got your eye on the sensational south-west? Read on to find out more about a home move and conveyancing in Somerset.

What does conveyancing in Somerset involve?

The law profession uses the term conveyancing to describe all the paperwork and legal formalities in buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity from a property. When buying a home in Somerset, a conveyancing solicitor will request searches, negotiate the price, exchange contracts and transfer the funds on completion day. Our Somerset conveyancing solicitors are all fully qualified professionals who will do all the legal work on your behalf. Read more here on all Homeward Legal's conveyancing services.

How do I get a quote for conveyancing in Somerset?

Use our online quote builder to get a quote for Somerset conveyancing in minutes. Simply choose your required transaction and add some details about yourself as well as the property involved. You can talk through the quote by arranging a callback at a time that's convenient to you. Or call our team on . We're open seven days with late nights Monday to Friday.

How much does conveyancing in Somerset cost?

All conveyancing transactions are unique, so your final bill for Somerset conveyancing depends on factors such as the value of the property and whether it is freehold or leasehold. Conveyancing costs for a property purchase will include solicitors' fees, surveyor costs, Stamp Duty Land Tax***, Land Registry fees, searches and bank transfer charges. For an idea of the costs of conveyancing in Somerset for sale or purchase, we've prepared a guide to average conveyancing fees.

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.

Where are Somerset's best home-mover destinations?

Wells, Frome and Bath all garnered a spot in the 2020 Sunday Times' Best Places to Live in the UK, their charms apparent to the judges. Bath is renowned for its iconic Georgian architecture, while Wells also boasts Georgian homes and historic cottages. Frome's historic centre and cultural quarter add to its appeal. Right in the centre of the county is Taunton, with a historic past and excellent shopping facilities.

More rural but popular locations include Street, which is close to Glastonbury and Wells; the mediaeval village of Dunster, set within Exmoor National Park; and Cheddar, the village that gave its name to the cheese.

On the coast are golden sands and the popular resorts of Minehead and Weston-Super-Mare, along with pretty Burnham-on-Sea, which boasts the second longest stretch of sand in Europe.

How much does an average property cost in Somerset?

Its popularity means that Somerset property can be expensive, particularly because of a rise in buyers purchasing holiday accommodation and second homes. According to the most recent data from the Land Registry on sold property prices, the average home in Somerset costs £241,173. That compares to an English average of £256,109. In Bath, the average property sells for £352,986. In the Mendip District Council area, which includes Wells, Frome and Street, the average property will cost £264,143. In Taunton, the average sold price is £238,011.

Is conveyancing in Somerset slower when buying a leasehold property?

Leasehold is a popular property tenure, affecting around four million properties in England and Wales. When buying leasehold, a homeowner will only own the property outright and must lease the land it stands on for a specific period. A lease usually runs for decades or even centuries. Conveyancing for leasehold property in Somerset may take longer because a solicitor must request a leasehold pack from the freeholder (landowner). Matters may be complicated further if the lease is close to expiry. We've prepared a detailed guide to buying leasehold. When you instruct a Somerset conveyancing solicitor through Homeward Legal, they make the necessary enquiries for buying leasehold.

Which council has control of schooling in Somerset?

There are eight local authorities across Somerset, but responsibility for delivering state education services lies with only two of them: Somerset County Council and Bath and North East Somerset Council. The county also has a selection of independent, selective and academy schools. Use the government schools comparison website to find out the Ofsted ranking of your chosen school.

Is there increased flood risk in Somerset?

Increased rainfall and more frequent storms have raised the flood risk in many areas of England. Somerset is no different, and the county has suffered severe flooding events in recent years, particularly on the Somerset Levels. Stay fully informed of any flood risk by asking your Somerset conveyancing solicitor to instruct a flood-risk search. The Environment Agency guide to flood risk is a helpful resource for home buyers, too.

What searches do I need for Somerset conveyancing?

A Somerset conveyancing solicitor will conduct a series of searches to complete your transaction. We've prepared a helpful guide. The following searches may be particularly relevant to Somerset conveyancing:

  • Mining search: Historic mining activity in Somerset makes this a vital search to identify the location of old mining shafts and tunnels.
  • Local authority search: Crucial for planning consents and information on conservation areas, including the World Heritage Site in Bath, Glastonbury and Frome.
  • Environmental search: Shows contaminated land and pollution, often relating to former industrial sites and redevelopment of brownfield sites.
  • Chancel repair liability search: A rare, historic charge that means a property owner has responsibility for repairs to the Church of England parish church.

Did you know?

In 1903, the bones of the oldest, virtually complete skeleton in the British Isles were discovered in a cave in Cheddar Gorge. Known as Cheddar Man, he is thought to be 10,000 years old with recent DNA analysis by the Natural History Museum suggesting he had blue eyes and dark brown skin.

Taunton was the first town in the UK to be permanently lit by electric street lighting with the flick switched on the lights in 1881.

Making Somerset conveyancing easy

We are here to make your Somerset conveyancing journey hassle free and cost-effective. Get an instant online quote or talk directly to Homeward Legal's team on about conveyancing for a property purchase or sale, remortgaging a current home or a transfer of equity. We're open seven days with late nights Monday to Friday and are always happy to call you back at a time that suits.

Towns and districts within this county include:

Axbridge, Banwell, Bath, Batheaston, Bishops-Lydeard, Bridgwater, Bruton, Burnham-On-Sea, Cannington, Castle-Cary, Chard, Cheddar, Chew-Magna, Clevedon, Crewkerne, Dulverton, East-Coker, Exmoor, Freshford, Frome, Glastonbury, Highbridge, Hinton-St-George, Ilminster, Keynsham, Langport, Martock, Merriott, Midsomer-Norton, Minehead, Montacute, Nether-Stowey, North-Somerset, Paulton, Peasedown-St-John, Portishead, Radstock, Shepton-Mallet, Somerton, South-Petherton, Stoke-Sub-Hamdon, Street, Taunton, Templecombe, Timsbury, Watchet, Wedmore, Wellington, Wells, Weston-super-Mare, Westonzoyland, Williton, Wincanton, Winscombe, Wiveliscombe, Woolavington, Wrington, Yatton, Yeovil