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The city of Chester, founded in 79 AD by the Romans, is situated on the River Dee in Cheshire, close to the Welsh border. As one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain it is a magnet to those interested in history and heritage.

Chester's industries are mainly service industries including public administration and financial services tourism and retail. With a fifteen year strategy is in place to guide its future economic development, Chester will remain a distinctive and desirable place in which to live, invest, do business, visit and study. .

Chester conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in Cheshire West and Chester Council?

Chester is situated in Cheshire West and Chester Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Cheshire West and Chester Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1152.81
B £1344.95
C £1537.08
D £1729.22
E £2113.49
F £2497.76
G £2882.03
H £3458.44

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How much are conveyancing fees for buying or selling a home in Chester?

Conveyancing fees are comprised of fees and disbursements.

Conveyancing disbursements are the costs payable as part of a conveyancing transaction, incurred on behalf of a buyer or seller, for example HMLR registration fees or Official Entries. Legal fees are for the legal work carried out by the solicitor.

Your solicitor's legal fees for buying or selling a house in Chester are fixed, meaning for a standard conveyancing transaction, your fixed fee conveyancing quote will have no additional fees

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Our conveyancing fees calculator gives you a detailed fixed fee quote with a comprehensive list of all fees, costs and disbursements for your Chester sale or purchase.

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I'm buying a home in Chester - what searches do I need?

The standard search pack will include:

  • Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Drainage and Water Search
  • Residential Environmental Search
  • Chancel search liability

On occasion the location of the property will warrant specialist searches , for example a search.

To check the cost of searches on a Chester house or flat, use our online conveyancing costs calculator.

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How long does leasehold conveyancing take in Chester?

Over 90% of flats in the UK are leasehold. Buying a leasehold flat can take weeks more to complete than freehold property as there is more work involved and there are more parties involved.

Delays in leasehold transactions could include anything from an unresponsive landlord to incomplete managing agent information.

Our specialist leasehold solicitor team look after hundreds of leasehold clients every month, and our proactive approach can mean faster conveyancing.

Does a leasehold property take longer to sell?

Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. Sale conveyancing for a leasehold property usually takes longer.

The buyer's conveyancer will expect to see several leasehold-related documents. These could include a current statement of service charges and a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property. The time required by your solicitor to gather this paperwork is usually the cause of these delays.

It can take weeks to collect this information if the managing agent is slow or difficult to contact, so the solicitor should commence this as soon as possible.

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I am buying a new build property in Chester - what do I need to know?

The legal work for purchasing a new build in Chester is more complicated than buying an existing property.

A solicitor in Chester must be able to deal with things like checking new build mortgage procedures are followed, ensuring compliance with planning regulations and checking new build warranties with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Advantage HCI and Castle.

Our award-winning team of new build conveyancing solicitors are highly experienced in representing buyers to achieve the best possible outcome and working to tight developer deadlines.

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I am remortgaging a property in Chester - do I need a solicitor?

Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.1% (Jul 2020). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Chester can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our conveyancing solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so whether you are you are changing to a cashback mortgage with Barclays Bank or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Monmouthshire Building Society, we can assist.

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