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Historically a Lancashire town, Wigan forms part of the Greater Manchester region. Like many northern towns, Wigan experienced huge population growth due to the Industrial Revolution, changing from porcelain making and clock manufacture to textiles and coal.

Now the town boasts the largest baked bean factory in the world, with 3 million cans a day rolling off the Heinz production line. Wigan has good mix of affordable housing, excellent commuter connections to Liverpool and Manchester, plus regeneration projects to create 10,000 jobs and 10,000 homes over the next decade.

Known for its friendly people and strong sense of community, Wigan was recently voted the happiest town in Greater Manchester.

Wigan conveyancing FAQs

How much Council Tax will I pay for a property in Wigan Metropolitan Borough?

Wigan is situated in Wigan Metropolitan Borough. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1022.05
B £1192.40
C £1362.74
D £1533.08
E £1873.76
F £2214.45
G £2555.13
H £3066.16

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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Are Wigan conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Wigan provide legal services on an hourly rate others work on a fixed fee.

Our panel of conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your conveyancing quote will explain what the conveyancing fees and costs will be when your sale or purchase goes through.

If, for whatever reason, your sale or purchase does not go ahead, you will pay no legal fees at all with our No Move, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm purchasing a home in Wigan - which searches will I need?

The standard pack includes:

  • Local Authority Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Drainage and Water Search
  • Chancel search

Sometimes the initial search results will recommend specialist searches e.g. an HS2 search.

To check the total cost of searches on a Wigan house or flat, use our calculator.

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What are conveyancing searches when buying a home and do I need them?

How long does conveyancing take when buying a leasehold flat in Wigan?

The vast majority of flats are leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. The legal work for a leasehold property can take weeks longer than a freehold property because there is more to prepare and more technical complexity exists.

Delays in leasehold transactions could include anything from an unreachable freeholder to missing leasehold documents.

Quittance's expert leasehold solicitors look after hundreds of leasehold clients every month. With specialist expertise there should be far fewer delays.

Is there anything to be aware of if selling a leasehold property in Wigan?

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat (leasehold houses are rare) is much more complicated than for a more straightforward freehold house.

Leasehold complexity involves extra work on the part of conveyancing solicitors in Wigan, including obtaining the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to ascertaining if any excess payments are anticipated.

So as to resolve any leasehold-related issues sooner, It is recommended that you instruct a solicitor as soon as an estate agent is chosen.

I am remortgaging a property in Wigan - 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 Wigan will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.

Our network of solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so no matter whether you are moving to a 100% mortgage with RBS or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Allied Irish Bank, we can assist.

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