Crawley's location in West Sussex on the main London to Brighton road helped it develop as a market town, particularly in the 19th century. The opening of Gatwick airport brought further prosperity and in 1946, Crawley was designated for development as a new town, absorbing the nearby districts of Ifield, Pound Hill and Three Bridges.
Thanks to good transport links - the journey to Victoria or London Bridge takes less than 45 minutes - and good value property prices, Crawley earned the title of the most successful commuter town in East or West Sussex.
House prices have surged in the last 5 years, as more families seek to move to the area, and the trend looks set to continue.
Crawley conveyancing FAQs
How much Council Tax will I pay for a property in Crawley Borough Council?
Crawley is situated in Crawley Borough Council. Council tax bands are:
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How much are conveyancing fees for buying or selling a home in Crawley?
Conveyancing fees are comprised of the conveyancer's legal fees and disbursements.
Conveyancing disbursements are the third-party costs incurred on your behalf, for example HM Land Registry fees and local authority searches. Legal fees are for the legal work carried out by the solicitor.
Our legal fees for buying or selling a house in Crawley are fixed, - for a standard transaction, what we quote is what you pay
Calculate the conveyancing fees for your Crawley property sale or purchase
Our online conveyancing fees calculator gives you a detailed fixed fee quote with a comprehensive list of all fees, costs and disbursements for your Crawley sale or purchase.
Will I need property searches when buying a property in Crawley?
Searches are questions submitted to a number of authorities by Crawley conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.
I am buying a leasehold property in Crawley - what do I need to know?
Purchasing a leasehold house or flat is significantly more complex than buying a freehold property. The many potential complications awaiting the unsuspecting buyer can include legally technical issues like incomplete management company accounts and unreasonable lease extension premiums.
A leasehold solicitor will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.
Does sale conveyancing take longer for leasehold?
Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. The conveyancing for selling a leasehold home typically takes longer.
The buyer's conveyancer must review these documents. These could include details of any breaches by other leaseholders and management company information. The time required by to source this information is usually the cause of these delays.
It could take several weeks to collect this paperwork if it is difficult to contact the agent responsible for managing the property or they are slow to respond, so your solicitor ought to start this process before a buyer has even been found.
I am remortgaging a property in Crawley - do I need a solicitor?
Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.
The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Crawley should be able to complete the conveyancing quickly and get you onto your new rate without delay.
Our conveyancers can act for most UK lenders, so no matter whether you are changing to a fixed-rate mortgage with Santander or to a two-year discount with the Darlington Building Society, Quittance can help.