Find out more about conveyancing in Staffordshire
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in Staffordshire, 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 Staffordshire, and our pragmatic approach means that we move you in the shortest possible time.
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Conveyancing in Staffordshire: A mover's guide
In close proximity to some of the UK's major cities, Staffordshire is a commuter's dream. But there's much more to this landlocked county than easy access to other places.
Glorious countryside around Cannock Chase and the Peak District National Park make Staffordshire a much sought-after destination for home movers.
For more information on moving home and conveyancing in Staffordshire, read on.
What is involved in conveyancing in Staffordshire?
Conveyancing is the term for the paperwork and legal formalities involved in buying and selling property, remortgaging or transferring equity. As part of the conveyancing process, a Staffordshire conveyancing solicitor requests searches, negotiates on price, arranges to exchange contracts and transfers the funds on completion day. Our Staffordshire conveyancing solicitors will take care of all the legal legwork on your behalf. You can find out more here about Homeward Legal's conveyancing services.
How do I get a quote for conveyancing in Staffordshire?
Our online quote builder provides a quote for conveyancing in Staffordshire in minutes. Simply choose the transaction you need and provide some details about you and the property. If you want to talk through the quote, you can arrange a callback at a time that's convenient to you. Or call our team direct on seven days a week.
Why should I choose a Staffordshire conveyancing solicitor through Homeward Legal?
We aim to make all Staffordshire conveyancing cost-effective and hassle free. Here are some good reasons to choose Homeward Legal:
- The legal fee you are quoted for conveyancing in Staffordshire will be exactly what you pay, with no hidden costs*.
- We offer no-completion protection, so you don't pay legal fees if your transaction fails to complete for any reason.
- We only work with fully qualified professionals regulated by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers or the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
- We never use unnecessary legal jargon and will always explain what's going on in plain English.
- Check out the hundreds of positive reviews Homeward Legal has received on Trustpilot to see the excellent customer satisfaction we deliver.
*Your quote from Homeward Legal will cover common conveyancing costs in line with the information you've provided to us. Depending on the specific circumstances of your transaction, and after discussion with your solicitor, there may be additional non-standard fees which would be in addition to the fee quoted by Homeward Legal.
How much does conveyancing in Staffordshire cost?
Each conveyancing transaction is unique, so the final cost will depend on such factors as the value of the property and whether it is freehold or leasehold. A Staffordshire conveyancing bill for a property purchase will include solicitors' fees, surveyor costs, Stamp Duty Land Tax*, Land Registry fees, searches and bank transfer charges. Our guide to average conveyancing fees in 2020 will give an idea of the costs involved in conveyancing for a Staffordshire sale or purchase.
*In July 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a stamp duty holiday. This will apply to properties up to a value of £500,000 in England and Northern Ireland until March 31, 2021.
The conveyancing process explained
Read our step-by-step guide to the conveyancing process.
Where are Staffordshire's best home-mover destinations?
Staffordshire's only city and biggest urban area is Stoke-on-Trent. Once the centre of ceramic production and known as the Potteries, Stoke is still a major industrial hub today.
Stafford is the county town and has a historic heart along with lots of newbuild estates.
Other popular areas in Staffordshire are the cathedral city of Lichfield, the brewing capital of Burton upon Trent, Cannock, Tamworth and Newcastle-under-Lyme.
More rural locations include Blackshaw Moor, Biddulph and Caverswall, all close to Stoke, with Kings Bromley and Brocton appealing spots in the south of the county.
How much does an average property cost in Staffordshire?
Property prices vary to a great extent across Staffordshire, with areas of Stoke-on-Trent in the very affordable bracket while homes in the likes of Burton-on-Trent, Lichfield and Stone substantially more expensive. According to the most recent data on sold property prices from the Land Registry, the average Staffordshire property costs £201,295. However, the average home in Stoke-on-Trent sells for £116,566, while in East Staffordshire, which includes Burton-on-Trent, the average is £185,820 and in Lichfield, it's £259,095.
Is conveyancing in Staffordshire slower when buying a leasehold property?
Leasehold and freehold are two types of popular property tenure in England and Wales. There are around four million leasehold properties in England and Wales, mostly flats but also many houses, too. Leasehold can slow down conveyancing in Staffordshire because the solicitor needs vital information on the lease before the transaction can be completed. This comes in the form of a leasehold information pack provided by the freeholder or landowner. Any delay in response from the freeholder will hold matters up. You can find out more in our guide buying leasehold.
Which council has control of schooling in Staffordshire?
There are two local authorities responsible for providing state education services in Staffordshire. They are Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. The county also has several independent, academy and religious schools. The government's schools comparison website provides the Ofsted ranking of all schools in the county.
Is there an increased flood risk in Staffordshire?
All areas of England have experienced increased flood events in recent years thanks to heavy rainfall and storms causing floods where none had previously been an issue. Unfortunately, flooding is likely to continue to be an issue. That's why you should are your Staffordshire conveyancing solicitor to instruct a flood-risk search, which will reveal any potential flood threat. The Environment Agency guide to flood risk across England can help pinpoint problem areas.
What searches do I need for Staffordshire conveyancing?
Your Staffordshire conveyancing solicitor will commission a series of searches required to complete your transaction. You can read more in our informative guide to all searches needed for conveyancing. Here are some of the most important:
- Local authority search: Crucial for planning consents and information on conservation areas, including the Shropshire Union Canal area.
- Environmental search: Shows contaminated land and pollution, vital for areas across Staffordshire where there is a long history of heavy industry.
- Mining search: A crucial search because of the North Staffordshire coal field, which covers around 100 square miles around Stoke-on-Trent.
- Chancel repair liability search: A historic and rare charge that may mean a homeowner is responsible for paying for repairs to a Church of England parish church.
- HS2 search: HS2 is the high-speed rail link currently being constructed to connect London to Birmingham and on to Manchester. The HS2 search will reveal if your chosen property is on the proposed route, which will affect Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford in particular.
Is Staffordshire good for commuters?
Staffordshire has excellent transport connections, making the county an ideal commuting spot. The M6 and M6 Toll are the main road arteries across the county, connecting north and south and to the wider UK motorway network.
Rail services are extensive, with direct rail connects from Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and Burton-on-Trent to London, Birmingham and Manchester, along with more local connections. Avanti West Coast, Northern and Cross-Country all provides services to Staffordshire stations.
There's more information on public transport, including bus services, on the Staffordshire County Council website.
Did you know?
The Staffordshire bull terrier was first bred in the county as a cross between the old English bulldog and the old English terrier. While the first staffies were bred for fighting and baiting, today the breed is known as the nanny dog because of its loyalty and affectionate nature.
Alton Towers began life as a private estate before opening its doors as a theme park in 1980. Today it is the second most visited theme park in the UK after Legoland Windsor.
Homeward Legal makes Staffordshire conveyancing easy
We are here to make your Staffordshire conveyancing journey one that's problem free and cost-effective. Get an instant online quote at any time or talk directly to Homeward Legal's friendly and professional 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 will call you back at a time that suits.
Towns and districts within this county include:
Abbots-Bromley, Alrewas, Audley, Barlaston, Barton-under-Needwood, Biddulph, Blythe-Bridge, Brewood, Brown-Edge, Bucknall, Burntwood, Burslem, Burton-upon-Trent, Cannock, Cheddleton, Cheslyn-Hay, Codsall, Coven, Dosthill, Eccleshall, Edingale, Endon, Essington, Fenton, Fradley, Fulford, Gnosall, Great-Wyrley, Hanley, Heath-Hayes, Hednesford, Kidsgrove, Kingsley, Kinver, Leek, Lichfield, Marchington, Meir, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Pattingham, Penkridge, Penn, Perton, Rocester, Rolleston-On-Dove, Rugeley, Shenstone, Silverdale, Sneyd-Green, Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Stone, Tamworth, Trentham, Tunstall, Tutbury, Upper-Tean, Uttoxeter, Waterhouses, Whitmore, Wolstanton, Wombourne, Yoxall