Conveyancing in Wigan Q & As
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Conveyancing in Wigan Q & As

Instructing a solicitor to carry out the conveyancing work for you, when selling or buying in Wigan, is a shrewd and necessary move.

Homeward Legal's solicitor panel have a wealth of experience of conveyancing in Wigan and across Greater Manchester. Our proactive approach means we move you in the shortest possible time.

We really need to find a cheap solicitor to buy a home in Wigan. What do you advise that we need to check for?

  • By road: Wigan is served by the M6, M58, M61 and A49.
  • By rail: The nearest train stations in Wigan are Wigan Wallgate and Wigan North Western.
  • By air: Wigan has a choice of airport access including City Airport and Heliport (21 miles), Manchester Airport (27 miles), Liverpool John Lennon Airport (29 miles), and Blackpool Airport (37 miles).
  • Hospital: Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan Lane, Wigan, WN1 2NN.
  • Council: Wigan Council (www.wigan.gov.uk).
  • Attractions: Worthington Lakes, Museum of Wigan Life, Haigh Woodland Park, Three Sisters Racing Circuit, Wigan Little Theatre, and Wigan Roller Park.

We must to complete on the sale of our Wigan property very quickly. Are Homeward Legal especially fast conveyancing solicitors?

Most people would agree that far too many solicitors are unacceptably laidback in their approach to completing their conveyancing tasks. This causes huge amounts of pressure to the protracted process of buying or selling and adds stress and frustration for the buyers and sellers. Homeward Legal’s home-moving lawyers’ approach is to use state-of-the-art content management systems, integrated with bodies such as HMRC and the Land Registry. We also assign you a property lawyer approved in the Conveyancing Quality Scheme, who is trained to communicate with everyone in the property chain, including freeholders, to accomplish a quick exchange. Use the quote calculator, or give us a call to talk to our conveyancing experts about a fixed-fee quote matched with our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

What is likely to be the Council Tax Band and the amount I’ll be charged on a terraced house in Wigan?

Your appointed conveyancing solicitor, as a matter of course during the research for the report of title, will contact the local council to establish just this information so that you are clear on the charges you will be facing for council tax. The details of all current charges for each band are found on Wigan council’s website (refer to the top of these FAQs). For the 2016/2017 tax year, the various charges were:

  • Band A - £954.70
  • Band B - £1,113.81
  • Band C - £1,272.93
  • Band D - £1,432.06
  • Band E - £1,750.29
  • Band F - £2,068.52
  • Band G - £2,386.76
  • Band H - £2,864.12
Retrieved 10 February 2017

OneSavings is our chosen mortgage lender in Wigan, but is there anything we need to know?

When purchasing a residence with a mortgage, the lender will require legal work to be carried out on their behalf. Because some lenders have limited the number of firms who can act for them, it can result in increased legal costs for property buyers if the lender insists upon their own solicitor. Homeward Legal can act for all major lenders, approved by the Council of Mortgage Lenders, thereby keeping buyers' legal costs to a minimum. Call us on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs and to get a fixed-fee quote.

Moving is very expensive, and we really need to save money where we can. Might it be shrewd to carry out the conveyancing ourselves for the purchase of a maisonette in Wigan?

Firstly, there is nothing to stop you carrying out your own conveyancing if you so wish. However, Homeward Legal would strongly advise against such a decision, because ultimately it may cost you more, it will almost certainly add delay to the completion date, and may even put your move in jeopardy. Secondly, there are many complex tasks associated with the process that would be better handled by a trained conveyancing solicitor. And this is notwithstanding that you won’t have the personal indemnity insurance that all legal firms are obligated to carry. Call Homeward Legal on 0800 038 6699 to talk to one of our experts about your needs.

How long will it take our assigned conveyancer to finish the legal process for a terraced home in Wigan that we intend to buy?

Anyone who has gone through a house move has probably experienced the notoriously slow speed at which conveyancing appears to move. The time required for everything to be completed can be anywhere from one to three months. This is dictated by a number of issues which may affect the smoothness of the transaction (e.g. slow responses in the chain, failure to communicate in a timely manner, or someone awaiting the results of a mortgage application). With the experienced solicitors at Homeward Legal, every purchase is handled as fast as possible, without compromising on service, using solicitors who are highly proactive, and adopting pragmatic working methods supported by state-of-the-art content management systems. We aim to complete the conveyancing work within six weeks. Give our professionals a call on 0800 038 6699 for a fixed-fee quote backed up with our iron-clad ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

Flood risk searches are estimated from archived information but when you factor in recent climatic events (like the flooding in September 2012 in Northwest England), are they the most thorough way of advising on about the ever-changing risk of flooding in

When you instruct your conveyancing solicitor, they will initiate a set of standard searches. The environmental search includes the assessment of the risk of flooding at your Wigan house. If the flood risk is deemed significant enough, a more in-depth search at Landmark will be requested. Property purchasers sometimes speak to a future neighbour for added assurance if they are still concerned about the level of risk. In addition, there are flood damage experts in the area who will be happy to provide assistance and advice to allay your fears further.

Has copper ever contaminated land in Wigan?

Soil contamination is monitored closely throughout the country. Metal contamination of topsoil in Wigan is more likely to occur near former industrial sites or waste-management depots. These issues will be highlighted in your conveyancing solicitor’s standard environmental searches. Data on other contaminants, such as groundwater contaminants like petrol and chlorine, will also be included in the search.