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Conveyancing in Stockport Q & A

When you buy, remortgage or sell a Stockport property, a property lawyer must be instructed to take care of the legal work on your behalf.

Homeward Legal’s property solicitors have had years of helping home-buyers and -sellers in Stockport and around Greater Manchester. Our proactive, pragmatic approach means we often move you in the shortest possible time.

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

  • By road: Stockport is served by the M60, M62, M67, and A34.
  • By rail: The nearest train station is Stockport.
  • By air: Manchester Airport is 8 miles, and the City Airport and Heliport at Eccles is 16 miles from Stockport.
  • Hospital: Cherry Tree, Cherry Tree Lane, Stockport, SK2 7PZ.
  • Council: Stockport Council.

How do I get low-cost conveyancing?

Home-buyers and -sellers necessarily preoccupied with the process of moving should be clearly aware of the fact that several firms advertise so-called cheap conveyancing. But extra costs are often hiding in the solicitor's terms of engagement. These types of charges need to be clear to the homeowner and transparent in the quote in order to be fair about the final bill. At Homeward Legal, we never hide any costs, providing a clear statement of your legal costs for standard conveyancing quotes. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to receive a fixed-fee quote.

My mortgage lender is Furness Building Society. Is there anything I need to know for the purchase of my Stockport property?

Mortgage lenders have panels of solicitors, who carry out the legal work on their behalf as part of the process of offering a mortgage to you as a home-buyer. Some lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel', which means that their legal costs might be passed on to you. At Homeward Legal, we are able to act on behalf of many UK mortgage lenders to keep legal costs to a minimum. Contact the team for more advice and to obtain a fixed-fee quote, backed up with a ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

Considering recent weather changes, such as 2012 being the second wettest year on record, are the searches thorough enough to identify sufficient information about the flood risk in Stockport?

The appointed conveyancing solicitor in Stockport will order environmental searches as standard for your property. This will identify the level of risk of flooding that might exist, and, should this risk be deemed significant enough, a more in-depth search (via Landmark) will be ordered. If you are still anxious about this issue, why not contact a local resident, perhaps a future neighbour? Or contact a local Greater Manchester flood damage expert (e.g. Building & Development Projects Ltd., 29 Siskin Road, Stockport, SK2 5JX (Tel: 0161 483 5811)).

Does my lawyer report on the amount to be paid for the council tax on a Band A building in Stockport prior to exchanging contracts?

The property lawyer will contact the Stockport local council to identify the applicable council tax charges. This information will appear in the title report, written by the solicitor for you. The correct rates for residents of Stockport are listed on the Stockport Council website. For the 2016/2017 period, the council tax charges are as follows:

  • Band A - £1,110.34
  • Band B - £1,295.39
  • Band C - £1,480.45
  • Band D - £1,665.52
  • Band E - £2,035.64
  • Band F - £2,405.75
  • Band G - £2,775.86
  • Band H - £3,331.04
Retrieved 8 February 2017.

We are on a very short deadline, so therefore we need to arrange fast conveyancing for the purchase of our Stockport property. What do we need to do?

Instructing an experienced, proactive conveyancer is critical to speeding up the conveyancing process. In addition, you should also consider the following points:

  • Was there a delay delivering a quote?
  • Do they use email?
  • Will they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis?
At Homeward Legal, our solicitors have a vast amount of experience in conveyancing. They use state-of-the-art systems to accelerate the completion of the various legal tasks they undertake, and they proactively contact everyone in the chain via email, fax and phone, rather than relying on traditional methods such as letter-writing. You can use the online quote calculator, or give us a call on 0800 038 6699 to organize a fixed-fee quote, backed up with our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

We have requested a conveyancing quote from you. Might we be billed with any extra charges after the move is completed?

Homeward Legal's solicitors never hide any hidden extra costs to carry out standard conveyancing. Homeward Legal’s quotes are laid out in a clear and concise manner so that you are aware of all the fees and costs of disbursements up front. Try using our quote calculator.

The property I am buying in Stockport is built on ex-industrial-use land. Could the topsoil be contaminated by industrial waste like rubidium?

Given the region's industrial and agricultural history in parts of Stockport, soil contamination is impossible to avoid completely. The local authority for Stockport will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination (see the public service information section above).

Is a building survey required when we are purchasing property?

Homeward Legal highly recommended that you instruct a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors member to write a report on the state of the property you are buying. There are a range of defects that may have a major negative impact on a property (e.g. unsafe chimney circulation or insect infestation). A conveyancing solicitor will be unable to address these as they are not part of the legal process.

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