Find out more about conveyancing in West Sussex

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

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Conveyancing in West Sussex: A mover's guide

With rolling hills on the South Downs and a sparkling shoreline with picture-perfect seaside spots, West Sussex certainly deserves its reputation as a wonderful place to live.

Home movers are spoilt for choice in the type of property on offer and in the available locations.

Want to know more about a move and conveyancing in West Sussex? Read on for all the information you need.

What does conveyancing in West Sussex involve?

Conveyancing is the term solicitors use for the process of buying and selling property, including all the paperwork and legal formalities for buying, selling, remortgaging and transferring equity. When you instruct a conveyancing solicitor in West Sussex, they will request searches on the property for buyers, negotiate the price with the other party's solicitor, exchange contracts and transferring funds. Homeward Legal works with fully qualified solicitors for all conveyancing in West Sussex. There's more information here on the conveyancing services Homeward Legal offers.

How do I get a quote conveyancing in West Sussex?

Our online quote builder gives you an on-screen quote for conveyancing in West Sussex in minutes. All we need is some information about your transaction, about you and the property. We are also available seven days a week on . Or, if you prefer, ask for a callback at a convenient time.

How much does conveyancing in West Sussex cost?

There is no simple answer to how much conveyancing in West Sussex will cost. A conveyancing transaction is unique, so the final bill will depend on factors such as the value of the property involved. For example, a purchase conveyancing transaction will include solicitors' and Land Registry fees and costs for a surveyor and Stamp Duty Land Tax***. The final bill will also include fees for searches and bank transfers. For an idea of conveyancing costs in West Sussex, we've prepared a guide to average conveyancing fees.

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.

Where are West Sussex's best home-mover destinations?

The county town is the cathedral city of Chichester, which has a major cultural centre around its Festival Theatre, art galleries and university. Close by is the seaside resort of Bognor Regis, famous for its Butlins resort and wide promenade. And the stunning beach of West Wittering appeals to both home movers and day-trippers alike.

The county's other big towns are Littlehampton and Worthing on the coast, and Haywards Heath, Horsham and Crawley closer to London. In between are countless picturesque towns and villages, including Arundel with its fairy-tale castle, pretty Steyning, Petworth and Storrington. Meanwhile, Shoreham-by-Sea with its art and food scene continues to grow in popularity.

How much does an average property cost in West Sussex?

Average property prices in West Sussex soar well above the average for England. The latest figures from the Land Registry show that the average West Sussex home sold for £324,466 compared to the English average of £256,109. The average prices in the five local authorities that make up West Sussex break down like this: Chichester, £392,204; Arun, which includes Arundel and Bognor Regis, £280,228; Worthing, £268,981; Adur council area, including Shoreham-by-Sea, £320,425; Horsham, £376,944; and in Mid Sussex, £376,950.

Is conveyancing in West Sussex slower when buying a leasehold property?

There are around four million leasehold properties across England and Wales, and leasehold conveyancing in West Sussex can bring an added complication. In leasehold, a homeowner only owns the property itself and leases the land for a specific period from the freeholder or landowner. That means any property buyer must be certain of their legal rights and of how long the lease has left to run. When instructed for conveyancing in West Sussex for leasehold, a solicitor ask freeholder (landowner) for a leasehold information. The transaction cannot complete without this information, so if it is delayed, the sale will be held up. Find out more in our guide to buying leasehold.

Which council has control of schooling in West Sussex?

The local education authority is West Sussex County Council, which is responsible for providing all state education services locally. The county also has many independent, academy and church schools. To check the Ofsted ranking of your chosen school, go to the government school comparison website.

Is there an increased flood risk for property in West Sussex?

With a long coastline and many rivers, including the Arun and the Adur, West Sussex has seen its flood risk rise in recent years. Tidal, surface water and river flooding are all considered a risk. Wherever you are buying, ask your West Sussex conveyancing solicitor to instruct a flood-risk search. You can also look up your chosen area in the Environment Agency's guide to check its flood risk.

What searches do I need for West Sussex conveyancing?

Your West Sussex conveyancing solicitor will detail the essential property searches needed to complete your purchase transaction. We've produced an informative guide to all searches, but here are some of the most common:

  • Local authority search: Details planning consents and information about proposed roads or developments. This search is also crucial to ensure no planning rules have been breached in any conservation area purchase.
  • Environmental search: Reveals any contaminated land, usually former industrial land or reclaimed brownfield sites that are now used for new developments.
  • Chancel repair search: Chancel repair liability is a historic charge that relates to responsibility for repairs to the local Church of England. While rare, failing to check for this liability could leave you out of pocket.

Did you know?

The pier at Worthing was recently named the UK's Pier of the Year. The art deco pier was built in 1862 on the site of a landing stage.

West Sussex is the UK's sunniest county. According to the Met Office, the area averages more sunshine per year than anywhere else, with Bognor Regis seeing more sunshine than any other town.

Whether buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity from a property in West Sussex, conveyancing doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. Get a quote online from Homeward Legal or call us on . You can also request a callback at a time that suits you.

Towns and districts within this county include:

Angmering, Arundel, Billingshurst, Bognor-Regis, Bosham, Burgess-Hill, Chichester, Copthorne, Cowfold, Crawley, Cuckfield, East-Grinstead, East-Preston, Felpham, Ferring, Hassocks, Haywards-Heath, Henfield, Horsham, Hurstpierpoint, Lancing, Lindfield, Little-Hampton, Littlehampton, Maidenbower, Midhurst, Pagham, Petworth, Pound-Hill, Pulborough, Rustington, Selsey, Shoreham-By-Sea, Southbourne, Southwater, Southwick, Steyning, Storrington, West-Dean, West-Wittering, Westbourne, Worthing