Find out more about conveyancing in West Midlands
If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in West Midlands, 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 West Midlands, and our pragmatic approach means that we move you in the shortest possible time.
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Conveyancing in the West Midlands: A mover's guide
One of the most populated areas of the UK, the West Midlands has long been one of the main drivers of the economy.
But there's more than industry to this heartland. This is a region filled with amazing history, iconic culture and an unrivalled passion for sport.
Whatever you want to know about moving and conveyancing in the West Midlands, we've got it all covered in this guide.
What is involved in conveyancing in the West Midlands?
Conveyancing is the term we use for the paperwork and legal formalities involved in buying and selling property, remortgaging or transferring equity. As part of the conveyancing process, a West Midlands conveyancing solicitor working on behalf of a property buyer requests searches, negotiates on price, arranges to exchange contracts and transfers the funds on completion day. Our West Midlands conveyancing solicitors do all the legal work on your behalf. You can find out more here about Homeward Legal's conveyancing services.
How do I get a quote for conveyancing in the West Midlands?
Our online quote builder will give you a quote for conveyancing in West Midlands in minutes. Simply choose the transaction you need and provide some details about you and the property. 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 West Midlands conveyancing solicitor through Homeward Legal?
Our goal is to make all West Midlands conveyancing cost-effective and hassle free. Here are some good reasons to choose Homeward Legal:
- The legal fee you are quoted for conveyancing in the West Midlands will be exactly what you pay, with no hidden costs*.
- We offer no-completion protection, so there are no legal fees to pay 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 use plain English to tell you what's going on.
- There are hundreds of positive reviews on Trustpilot that show the excellent customer satisfaction Homeward Legal delivers.
*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 West Midlands cost?
Each conveyancing transaction is unique, meaning the final cost will vary depending on such factors as the value of the property and whether it is freehold or leasehold. A West Midlands conveyancing bill for a property purchase will include solicitors' fees, surveyor costs, Stamp Duty Land Tax*, Land Registry fees, searches and bank transfer charges. Use our guide to average conveyancing fees in 2020 to get an idea of the costs involved in conveyancing for a West Midlands 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 the West Midlands's best home-mover destinations?
Birmingham, England's second biggest city, is at the centre of the West Midlands. Its suburbs, such as Mosley, Edgbaston and Digbeth, are among the most popular for home movers. Just outside the city are the likes of Sutton Coldfield and Solihull, affluent and aspirational.
Coventry, Walsall and Wolverhampton are the other big conurbations, each with distinctive suburbs and environs.
How much does an average property cost in West Midlands?
There is a wide variation in property prices across the West Midlands, depending on the local authority area. According to the most recent data from the Land Registry on sold property prices, the average home in the region costs £191,165. The most expensive council area is Solihull where the average home costs £286,947 and the cheapest is Sandwell at £157,090. You can check average sold prices for all areas of England at the Land Registry.
Is conveyancing in the West Midlands slower when buying a leasehold property?
Some conveyancing for leasehold property may take longer. In leasehold, the homeowner only owns the property and then leases the land on which it stands from the freeholder for a specific period. This lease usually lasts decades and sometimes centuries. Before leasehold, a home buyer must be certain of their legal rights and how long they may be entitled to live in their new home. To protect your property purchase, a West Midlands conveyancing solicitor will request a leasehold information pack from the freeholder. Any delay in responding to this request will hold the transaction up because the purchase cannot be completed without it. There's more information in our guide to buying leasehold.
Which council has control of schooling in West Midlands?
There are seven metropolitan boroughs in the West Midlands, each of which is responsible for state education services in their area. They are:
- Birmingham City Council;
- Coventry City Council;
- Wolverhampton City Council;
- Dudley Borough Council;
- Solihull Borough Council;
- Sandwell Borough Council;
- Walsall Borough Council.
Is there an increased flood risk in the West Midlands?
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. Ask your West Midlands 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 West Midlands conveyancing?
A West Midlands conveyancing solicitor will commission a series of searches required to complete your transaction. Find out more in our informative guide to all searches, but here are some of the most important:
- Local authority search: Crucial for planning consents and information on conservation areas, including Bournville Village and Harborne.
- Environmental search: Shows contaminated land and pollution, vital for areas across West Midlands with its long industrial heritage.
- Mining search: A vital search for a West Midlands property purchase because of the South Staffordshire coalfield, which covers much of the area and gave the area its name of the Black Country.
- 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 from London to Birmingham and on to Manchester. This search will reveal if your chosen property is on the proposed route.
Did you know?
Five of the oldest professional football teams in the world hail from the West Midlands. They are Aston Villa, founded in 1874; Birmingham City, founded 1875; Wolverhampton Wanderers (1877); West Bromwich Albion (1878); and Walsall (1888).
The Black Country got its name because of the smoke that billowed from thousands of ironworks foundries and forges alongside coal seams in the West Midlands during the boom years of the 19th century.
Homeward Legal makes West Midlands conveyancing easy
We are here to make your West Midlands conveyancing journey 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:
Aldridge, Bilston, Bloxwich, Brierley-Hill, Brownhills, Dudley, Kingswinford, Knowle, New-Invention, Oldbury, Pelsall, Shelfield, Shirley, Solihull, Stone-Cross, Stourbridge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Sutton-Coldfield, Wednesbury, Wednesfield, West-Bromwich, Willenhall, Wolverhampton