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Moving to St Albans? Save on Your Conveyancing Costs

If you are planning a move to St. Albans, Compare My Move can connect you with up to 6 licensed conveyancers. You can compare quotes and save money on your conveyancing fees.

We only work with conveyancers who are regulated by either the SRA, CLC, LSNI, LSS, or CILEX. Each partner must pass a strict verification process. Once they are verified, our team will monitor each partner to ensure that they are providing the best service for their customers.

Your conveyancer is responsible for explaining any legal jargon that may be difficult to understand. They will also conduct conveyancing searches and guide you through the legal process.

Our St Albans Conveyancing Solicitors

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    FAQs About Conveyancing in St Albans

    Our team found that the average conveyancing fees in St Albans are £1,750 when buying a property and £1,640 when selling a property. The conveyancing process takes approximately 182 days to complete in St Albans.

    Our research also shows that St Albans has a low risk of flooding. However, the area does have a history of subsidence with regular sinkholes appearing. There are also some areas that have high radon gas level exposure. 

    Why Hire a St Albans Conveyancer?

    Your conveyancer is responsible for guiding you through the buying and selling process. They are expected to explain any legal jargon you don't understand and conduct conveyancing searches.

    According to the UK House Price Index, 2,345 existing properties and 67 new builds were sold in St Albans across the last year. Detached properties increased the most in price and rose by as much as 13.9% in July 2021.

    Once your offer is accepted, you should hire your conveyancer. This will ensure an efficient process. Here is what you should expect from the conveyancing process:

    • Paying disbursements on your behalf such as Stamp Duty
    • Checking through the contracts and raising any enquiries
    • Liaising with other third parties such as mortgage lenders
    • Conducting conveyancing searches
    • Arranging the exchange of contracts and completion date

    Bear in mind that your conveyancer may have extra duties to carry out when dealing with difficult cases. This includes buying and selling leaseholds.

    Data taken from UK House Price Index

    How Much are Conveyancing Solicitor Fees in St Albans?

    St Albans has an average house price of £592,213. This means that the average conveyancing fees are £1,750 when buying a freehold and £1,860 when purchasing a leasehold. When selling a property, the conveyancing fees are approximately £1,640 for freehold and £1,780 for leasehold.

    Your conveyancing cost is dependent on various factors. These include your location, the type of property, and whether you are buying or selling.

    The total cost is made up of legal fees, disbursements, and searches. You'll have to pay for a Local Authority Search. According to the St Albans Council website, a full Local Authority Search costs £100 including VAT.

    Data taken from Compare My Move’s Moving House Calculator

    How Long Does Conveyancing Take in Reading?

    Our team found that the conveyancing process takes approximately 182 days in St Albans. This is considerably longer than the national average which is 159 days. This means that the conveyancing process takes up the majority of the entire process.

    The total buying and selling processes take 298 days on average. This is 24 days longer than the 274-day national average. This timeframe is due to the conveyancing process taking longer. Therefore, this is something to keep in mind when purchasing a property in the area.

    However, the total length of time that your conveyancing process takes may vary depending on various factors. These factors include the type of property, and whether it is freehold or leasehold among others. For example, when buying or selling leasehold properties, there is more paperwork for your conveyancer to submit. This can therefore prolong the process.

    Data taken from Get Agent

    What to Expect From Conveyancing Searches in St Albans?

    As part of the process, your conveyancer will need to conduct conveyancing searches. These searches are crucial as they highlight defects that can affect the property and surrounding areas. They will reveal the severity of risks such as flooding, subsidence, and radon gas levels among others.

    St Albans has a low risk of flooding. This is because it is not near a body of water, meaning that this should not be an issue when the search is conducted. However, it is always best to check this section of the report just in case.

    According to Geobear's Subsidence Map, St Albans does have a history of subsidence. Subsidence is caused due to high levels of clay in the soil. St Albans has had instances of sinkholes and subsidence. This means that you will need to pay attention to this section of the report. Especially if the property you are looking at is near a previous sinkhole location.

    The majority of St Albans has low radon gas levels. However, some areas to the west of the city have a higher level of exposure. These areas have exposure levels between 1-3%. Therefore, if you are looking at a property in the western region of St Albans, make sure to read the report carefully.

    Data taken from Get The Data and Geobear's Subsidence Map