Find out more about conveyancing in Swindon
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in Swindon, 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 Swindon, and our pragmatic approach means that we move you in the shortest possible time.
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Conveyancing in Swindon: A mover's guide
Within easy commuting distance of London but enjoying a prime location in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, Swindon is fast gaining a reputation as one of the best places to live.
Property in this former powerhouse of the rail and engineering industry is affordable and plentiful. Meanwhile, there's been a surge in hi-tech industry and the knowledge-based sector growing in Swindon, bringing higher salaries and improved services and retail.
Considering a move to Wiltshire? We answer all the crucial questions about conveyancing in Swindon.
What is involved in conveyancing in Swindon?
Conveyancing is the term law professionals use for the process of buying and selling property. All the paperwork and legal formalities needed for buying, selling, remortgaging and transferring equity are part of the conveyancing process. When you instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Swindon, they will, for example, instruct searches on the property for buyers, negotiate the price with the other party's solicitor, exchange contracts and transfer the funds on completion. Homeward Legal works with fully qualified and expert property law firms for all conveyancing in Swindon. There's more information here about the conveyancing services Homeward Legal offers.
How do I get a quote for Swindon conveyancing?
Use our online quote builder to get an instant quote for conveyancing in Swindon. We'll ask for some details about you and the property involved. You can also call us on and request a callback for a time that suits you. We're open seven days for your convenience.
Why should I choose a Swindon conveyancing solicitor through Homeward Legal?
First-class customer service and competitive prices are just two of the excellent reasons to choose Homeward Legal for your Swindon conveyancing. Here are some other good reasons to select our services:
- We always use plain English and won't complicate matters by using unnecessary legal jargon.
- Our offer of no-completion protection ensures you won't be out of pocket if your transaction fails to complete for any reason.
- The legal fee you are quoted for conveyancing in Swindon will be exactly what you pay, with no hidden costs*.
- We only work with fully qualified solicitors regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.
- We always put our customers first. Check out the hundreds of positive Trustpilot reviews that reveal high levels of customer satisfaction with Homeward Legal.
*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 Swindon cost?
As each conveyancing transaction is unique, there is no one-price-fits-all. In fact, the final bill depends on a number of factors, including the value of the property and whether it is freehold or leasehold. Your Swindon conveyancing bill will include solicitors' fees, surveyor costs, Stamp Duty Land Tax***, Land Registry fees, searches and bank transfer charges. Check out our guide to average conveyancing fees to see some of the costs involved in Swindon 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 Swindon?
According to the most up-to-date data on sold property prices from the Land Registry, the average home in Swindon sells for £221,547. A detached home has an average price tag of £386,624 while a semi-detached sells for an average £244,766. Terraced homes sell for an average £191,266 and flats and maisonettes for £140,121.
What will my council tax add up to in Swindon?
Swindon Borough Council sets the council tax rates for the city, which vary from parish to parish. Each residential property falls into one of eight bands. Find out which band your property has been placed here.
As an example, here are the council tax rates in Swindon Central North parish for 2020-21:
How good are broadband speeds in Swindon?
The good news for all broadband users is that Swindon is to benefit from a £40million investment in a new network bringing gigabit-capable connectivity. CityFibre is behind the project, which will replace older networks and roll out a platform for 5G mobile services. Use your postcode on a broadband comparison site to find out what speeds you can get at your new property.
How do schools rate in Swindon?
Swindon has 61 primary schools, 13 secondary and 10 sixth form and further education colleges. Of those, five are rated as outstanding by Ofsted. You can check how your chosen school rates on the government's school performance website.
The University of the West of England is based in Swindon. The town is also home to campuses of Oxford Brookes University, the University of Bath and Cranfield University, which is a post-graduate institution.
What do I need to know about the issue of contaminated land in Swindon?
Swindon has a long industrial history, including railway and car manufacturing. This leaves a legacy of contaminated land, which must be remediated - or cleaned up - before it can be used again. Swindon Borough Council must by law keep a register of all identified sites of contaminated land. That means when your Swindon conveyancing solicitor orders an environmental search from the council, that search will identify any potential issue around contaminated land.
I'm buying near a local church - should I ask about chancel repair liability?
A historic charge dating back to Henry VIII and the formation of the Church of England, chancel repair liability can be an expensive business if not identified before you buy a property. You can read more about chancel repair liability in our informative guide. Talk to your Swindon conveyancing solicitor who will advise on whether to instruct a chancel repair liability search.
Will buying in a conservation area in Swindon be an issue?
Every local authority must identify any area that has a special architectural or historic interest with the aim of maintaining or preserving its character. These conservation areas are subject to much stricter rules on any alterations to a property, including replacement windows, cutting down trees or even replacing roof tiles. In Swindon, there are currently 26 conservations areas, including the Railway Village and Railway Works. When buying in a conservation area, a conveyancing solicitor in Swindon will commission a local authority search that will reveal any current or historic planning consents for your chosen property.
We're buying a property at auction in Swindon - how can you help us?
We can definitely help with all property auction conveyancing in Swindon. We work with a carefully vetted nationwide panel of property law firms with vast experience in completing conveyancing transactions from property auctions. Our partners have completed sales 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. Our comprehensive guide to conveyancing for auction property explains all you need to know.
Did you know?
Swindon is mentioned in the Domesday Book compiled in 1086. Its name then was recorded both as Suindune and Suindone: suin is Anglo-Saxon for pig and dun is Anglo-Saxon for hill.
The iconic Spectrum Building in Swindon was designed by world-renowned architect Sir Norman Foster and featured as a location in the 1985 Bond movie, A View To A Kill.
Homeward Legal makes Swindon conveyancing easy
We are here to make your Swindon conveyancing journey cost-effective and problem-free. Get an instant online quote at any time or talk to Homeward Legal's friendly 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.
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