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

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Fixed price cost for your Conveyancing

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

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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 Southampton: A mover's guide

Surrounded on one side by the New Forest, on another by the South Downs and with the English Channel sparkling out in front of it, Southampton is one of England's most desirable locations.

The Hampshire hotspot has one of the best-regarded universities in the country and a thriving port from which thousands of cruise passengers embark on the trip of a lifetime. Add in its more than 50 parks, excellent employment opportunities and a wide variety of property and it's easy to see Southampton's appeal.

Planning a move to the south coast? We answer all your questions on conveyancing in Southampton.

What is involved in conveyancing in Southampton?

The paperwork and legal formalities required to buy and sell property, to remortgage and to transfer equity is known as conveyancing. When you instruct a Southampton conveyancing solicitor, they will carry out a number of activities, including instructing searches, negotiating on the price, exchanging contracts and transferring the funds on completion day. Our Southampton conveyancing solicitors are all fully qualified professionals, and their job is to do all the legal legwork so that you don't have to worry. Find out more about the conveyancing services we offer here.

How do I get a quote for Southampton conveyancing?

Get an instant quote for conveyancing in Southampton using our online quote builder. You'll be asked for some details about you and about the property involved. You can also call our team on - we're open seven days for your convenience.

How much does conveyancing in Southampton cost?

Your final bill for conveyancing in Southampton will depend on a number of factors, such as the value of the property and whether it is freehold or leasehold. Expect the total cost to include solicitors' fees, surveyor costs and Stamp Duty Land Tax*** when buying, Land Registry fees, searches and bank transfer fees. Our guide to average conveyancing fees offers more information on the costs involved in Southampton 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 Southampton?

The most recent 2020 sold house price data from the Land Registry reveals that the average property costs £210,126 in Southampton. Detached properties sell for an average £356,823 and semi-detached homes for £256,759. Terraced homes sell for £211,930 and maisonettes and flats for an average £153,201.

What will my council tax add up to in Southampton?

The local authority is Southampton City Council, which sets the city's council tax rates. All residential property is placed into one of eight bands depending on its valuation. Find out which band your property is in on the government's valuation website.

The 2020-21 council tax rates in Southampton are:

Tax BandCharges
Band A£1,231.13
Band B£1,436.32
Band C£1,641.51
Band D£1,846.70
Band E£2,257.08
Band F£2,667.45
Band G£3,077.83
Band H£3,693.40

How good are broadband speeds in Southampton?

A massive rollout programme in 2019 by Virgin Media gave around 100,000 homes in Southampton access to gigabit broadband, ensuring superfast speeds around the city. You can pop your postcode into a broadband comparison site and get an idea of the speeds available at your new home.

How do schools rate in Southampton?

There are 62 primary and 19 secondary schools in Southampton with 11 sixth form and further education colleges. Ofsted rates 13 schools in Southampton as outstanding. You can use the government school performance website to check a school's rating.

Southampton is home to two universities: The University of Southampton and Solent University who bring in a combined 34,000 students every academic year.

Is contaminated land an issue in Southampton?

Contaminated land is usually land that has been formerly used for industry, such as factories and mines, quarries and landfill. This land must be remediated (cleaned up) before being used again to ensure there's no pollution risk to people or the environment. By law, Southampton City Council keeps a register of any contaminated land that has been identified in the city. Your Southampton conveyancing solicitor will instruct an environmental search to reveal any potential issue around contaminated land.

Do we need a chancel repair liability search when buying in Southampton?

Your Southampton conveyancing solicitor will advise if you need a chancel repair liability search, which is a historic charge linked to Church of England parishes. We've provided a detailed guide to this liability, which dates back to Henry VIII and has in the past caused serious financial hardship to people who did not know they were responsible for repairs to the local church's chancel or altar. Where your property purchase might be affected by chancel repairs, your Southampton solicitor can advise on the next step, such as taking out indemnity insurance.

Are there conservation areas in Southampton we should be aware of?

Conservation areas are those designated as having special architectural or historical importance. Their importance means they have stricter planning rules on everything from cutting down trees to putting up a satellite dish or replacing your windows. There are currently 20 conservation areas in Southampton, including Bassett Green Village and Oxford Street. Your Southampton conveyancing solicitor will commission a local authority search that will reveal any current or historic planning consents.

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

We think the best advice is always to instruct your Southampton conveyancing solicitor before bidding on any property at auction. The time frame for completing a transaction is very tight - often just 28 days - and instructing your solicitor beforehand allows them access to the legal pack on the lot you want to bid on. That gives them time to explore any issues and ensure they can seal the deal for you promptly. Check out our comprehensive guide to conveyancing for auction property. We work with a nationwide panel of property law firms with vast experience in completing property transactions from auctions, including 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?

We have Southampton people to thank for the cod fish finger. Inventor Clarence Birdseye tested his prototype fish fingers in two places in the 1950s: herring savouries in south Wales and cod sticks in Southampton. Cod won the taste test and the rest is fishy history.

The city's Central Parks were once common land, known as Lammas land, in mediaeval times where residents could grow crops in summer and graze cattle in winter.

Homeward Legal works hard to ensure your Southampton conveyancing proceeds without a hitch. Get an instant online quote for buying or selling, remortgaging or transfer of equity. Then talk through your options with our expert team on .

Areas within this city include:

Bishops-Waltham, Bitterne, Brockenhurst, Bursledon, North-Baddesley, Potswood, Upper-Shirley