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Moving to Manchester? Save on Your Conveyancing Costs

For purchasing a property in Manchester, you’ll need to enlist the services of a conveyancing solicitor. Compare My Move will match you with up to 6 regulated and trusted conveyancing solicitors in your area so you can compare conveyancing fees and save time.

For your peace of mind and to ensure we have only the best partners on our books, all conveyancers must undergo a strict verification process before joining us, in addition to being a member of SRA, CLC, LSS, LSNI or CILEx.

When purchasing a property in Manchester, you will need a verified conveyancer or conveyancing solicitor to help you through the legal process. They will explain any legal jargon and help you discover important factors concerning the property such as any surrounding conservation areas, whether subsidence is prevalent in the area and who the local water supplier is.

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    FAQs About Conveyancing in Manchester

    Our research shows that conveyancing costs in Manchester average at £1,320 for buying and £1,270 for selling. It takes just over 80 days on average to complete the conveyancing process.

    There's a small risk of flooding in Manchester but a higher risk of subsidence as the city is densely populated. Rest assured, your conveyancer will be responsible for highlighting any environmental or legal problems the property and area faces. 

    Why Hire a Manchester Conveyancer?

    Your conveyancer or solicitor will be responsible for the legal side that comes with buying or selling property. As Manchester’s property market is strong, it’s vital to hire a conveyancer early on and instruct them once offers have been agreed upon.

    The average house price in Manchester is £244,756 and although property prices saw a monthly decrease of 1.1%, they’re up annually by 5.7%. According to the UK House Price Index, there were 191 sales of existing properties in the last year. With property in demand and prices increasing, it’s even more important to hire a conveyancer in Manchester.

    The stages of the conveyancing process include:

    • Offers agreed
    • Conveyancing searches ordered (if buying)
    • Liaise with mortgage lender to finalise
    • Agree on the completion date
    • Check the contract and raise pre-contract enquiries
    • Exchange contracts
    • Completion day
    • Pay any Stamp Duty
    Data taken from UK House Price Index

    How Much are Conveyancing Solicitor Fees in Manchester?

    The total for your conveyancing fees will vary depending on the value of the property you are buying or selling as well as location and how complicated your case is.

    Manchester’s average property price is £244,756, making the average conveyancing fees for buying a freehold property £1,320 and £1,490 if the property is leasehold. Conveyancing costs for selling a freehold property in Manchester are £1,270 and £1,420 for a leasehold property.

    Conveyancing fees will be made up of the solicitor’s legal fee and disbursements. The cost for a Local Authority Search in Manchester is £74.50, according to Manchester Council’s Website. This is fairly cheaper than other UK cities as these searches could cost upwards of £100. An Environmental Search in Manchester will cost on average £70.

    Data taken from Compare My Move’s Moving House Calculator.

    How Long Does Conveyancing Take in Manchester?

    Conveyancing in Manchester takes just over 80 days for the sale of a freehold property. This is the time from offers accepted to completion day for the North West region. The conveyancing process takes a bit longer for the sale of a leasehold property, averaging at about 90 days. Leasehold property transactions typically take longer as they require more legal work.

    Manchester is the third quickest region in the UK for conveyancing for a freehold property and the second speediest area for the sale of leasehold properties. Although the UK average conveyancing timescale is between 8-12 weeks, conveyancing can take longer if the case requires extra work such as buying or selling a Help to Buy or leasehold property.

    Data taken from View My Chain

    What to Expect From Conveyancing Searches in Manchester?

    When you’re buying a property in Manchester, your conveyancer will order conveyancing searches that are made up of Local Authority, Environmental and Water and Drainage searches.

    Salford, Greater Manchester, is only one area that has previously suffered from extensive flooding. This is likely due to its close proximity to the River Irwell, which is Manchester’s greatest factor when it comes to the risk of flooding. Manchester’s biggest issue comes from rivers and seas, with some reservoirs also increasing the risk of flooding.

    As Manchester is a densely populated city, it is at a much higher risk of subsidence. The UK Subsidence Map highlights the area as a subsidence hotspot meaning the ground will be weakened and the risk of properties sinking can be greater.

    Rest assured, the above issues will be highlighted in your conveyancing searches, and if your solicitor is concerned, they will suggest ordering further specific searches such as a Flood Risk Report.

    Data taken from Friends of the Earth Flood Map and GeoBear’s Subsidence Map.