The city of Wakefield is the county administrative centre of West Yorkshire and its position on the Aire-Calder navigation helped it develop as the largest corn market outside London. Rail links to London in the mid-19th century furthered its prosperity. These links remain and the journey to Leeds takes under 20 minutes and to King's Cross just 2 hours. Wakefield is also a hotspot for sculpture culture with the award winning Hepworth Gallery in the centre and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park a short distance away in the rolling countryside to the south-west of the M1.
The city and its suburbs offer a wide range of property, from grand Georgian town houses to smaller terraced houses and semis, and prices are lower than neighbouring Leeds.
Wakefield conveyancing FAQs
What are the council tax bands in Wakefield City Metropolitan District Council?
Wakefield is situated in Wakefield City Metropolitan District Council. Council tax bands are:
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How much are conveyancing fees for buying or selling a home in Wakefield?
Conveyancing fees can be broken down into legal fees and disbursements.
Conveyancing disbursements are the extra third-party costs paid out on your behalf, e.g. Land Registry fees or management company information. Legal fees are for the work our solicitors carry out for you.
Our legal fees for buying or selling a house in Wakefield are fixed, which means that for a standard transaction, what we quote is what you pay
Calculate the conveyancing fees for your Wakefield property sale or purchase
Our online conveyancing fees calculator can give you a comprehensive conveyancing quote with a detailed breakdown of all fees, costs and disbursements for your Wakefield sale or purchase.
Will I need property searches when buying a property in Wakefield?
Property searches are detailed questions submitted to a number of authorities by Wakefield conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Mortgage lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.
I am buying a leasehold property in Wakefield - what do I need to know?
Purchasing a leasehold flat in the UK can be very involved. The many potential traps awaiting the unsuspecting buyer can include legally technical issues like costly and undisclosed major works and short leases.
Your conveyancing solicitor will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.
Does the conveyancing for selling leasehold take longer?
Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. The legal work for selling a leasehold home can take much longer.
The buyer's conveyancer will expect to see these documents, like a copy of the freehold property's buildings insurance and details of any breaches by other leaseholders. The time it takes the seller's conveyancer to source this information is usually the cause of these delays.
Your conveyancing solicitor ought to start this process as soon as possible, as this information can take a long time to gather if the agent responsible for managing the property is slow or difficult to contact.
I am remortgaging a property in Wakefield - do I need a solicitor?
Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.
The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Wakefield could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.
Our network of solicitors are on the panel for all major lenders, so no matter whether you are switching to a 95% mortgage with the Nationwide Building Society or to a capped-rate mortgage with the Coventry Building Society, we can help.