In-Deed online conveyancing is a nationwide conveyancing company that offers 21st-century conveyancing services for residential property-buyers and -sellers throughout Berkshire and the rest of the country.
Our guaranteed, fixed-cost conveyancing service comes with no nasty surprises, which helps you calculate and control the high cost of moving home. Here we give you the best lawyers (regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority) for your Slough property sale or purchase, and an outstanding legal service, all with our ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee, so that you can have confidence that, even if the transaction fails at any stage right up to completion, we will not charge you the fee we quoted.
Whether you live in Slough or anywhere else in Berkshire or the UK, we make the conveyancing process quick and efficient, and cost-effective. Our highly-qualified conveyancing solicitors make the legal side of your move so simple. Why not try our quote calculator to see how competitively low our prices are? Or you could call us on 0800 038 6886 to talk to one of our advisers, who will guide you through the process with the minimum of fuss. Or you can drop us a line by emailing [email protected].
The Slough area
Slough has a population of about 150,000 people, and it is located in home county of Berkshire in the South-East England, about 32 miles from Abingdon, the county’s administrative centre.
For essentials, local shopping includes Phil Bowditch Fish & Meat and Salam Simply Halal Food Ltd., and The Village Bakery in nearby Windsor. The Windsor Farmers’ Market (at St. Leonards Road, Windsor, SL4 3BL) is on the first Saturday of each month.
Local pubs number the King’s Head, the Red Lion, the Earl of Cornwall, and the Moon & Spoon. Trips out include Dorney Court, Windsor Castle, Langley Country Park, Runnymede, and Royal Windsor Racecourse.
Interested in moving into the area? Why not let In-Deed’s helpful advisers guide you through the conveyancing process and assign you to one of the best conveyancing solicitors in the area? Call us now on 0800 038 6886 to get started today.
Slough local government
Slough comes under the control of Slough Borough Council (which is Labour-controlled by a large majority as of the 2017 local elections).
Council tax bands and charges for Slough for the tax year 2019-20 are as follows:
- Band A - £1,052.35
- Band B - £1,227.73
- Band C - £1,403.15
- Band D - £1,578.53
- Band E - £1,929.32
- Band F - £2,280.09
- Band G - £2,630.88
- Band H - £3,157.06
This means that council tax charges are 5%-6% lower than the average for the rest of the country.
(Council tax charges retrieved on 23 April 2019 from the Slough Borough Council website)
Conveyancing solicitor fees in Slough
In-Deed’s quotes for our competitively-priced conveyancing service will include all aspects related to a normal transaction for a purchase or sale in Slough.
Some solicitors have been known to hide additional charges in the terms and conditions of their quote or estimate in order to make their headline quote appear far more attractive – until you receive their final invoice.
However, this practice has been addressed to a large extent as conveyancing firms are required to provide far greater transparency regarding their fees and what they include.
Compare conveyancing quotes from Slough solicitors
Quotes provided by conveyancing solicitors are often confusing, especially where the exact costs are not made clear (charges to check for often include further fees for filling out the stamp duty tax return, or for when the gap between exchange of contracts and completion is less than an arbitrary amount of time).
Have a look at our practical advice, where we have assembled a typical list that shows you the things you need to check for in the solicitors’ terms when identifying any sneaky hidden conveyancing fees .
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The conveyancing process explained
|Choosing a conveyancer or solicitor||Firstly, select a property lawyer based on your priorities rather than being swayed by a particularly attractive quote. It is important to check the terms and conditions for any additional hidden fees before you decide to appoint your conveyancing solicitor, although these should now be far more transparent.|
|Getting your selected solicitor||When you have worked out which lawyer you wish to carry out the legal procedure for your Slough home-move, you must formally instruct them. To do this, as mentioned, you need to scour the solicitors’ terms and conditions for any extra conveyancing costs, like fees for acting on a right-to-buy purchase, before you sign them up, so that you are absolutely clear what the quote covers.|
|After you have instructed||The draft contract confirms the sale price, the identities of the two parties, deposit amounts to be paid, and title deed information, and it is sent to the buyer’s conveyancing solicitor from the seller’s property lawyer. The purchaser should also receive their formal mortgage offer at this juncture.|
|Commissioning the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey||A seasoned chartered surveyor with experience of surveying Slough properties will easily identify problems such as the presence of Japanese Knotweed and furniture beetle, or bowing walls and missing damp-proof courses. Clay soil is one of a number of a regional issues common in Slough and Berkshire, which can be a source of critical issues such as subsidence.|
|Searches||The standard searches generally expected by mortgage lenders are Local Authority, Environmental, Drainage and Water, and Chancel Liability, and they cover numerous issues including conservation area restrictions, management of facilities to the property, and whether you will be liable to pay for the upkeep of the local church. Your conveyancing solicitor may also advise on potential additional searches, should their investigation deem it appropriate (for instance, a specialist flood report), which will be charged to you as a disbursement (or third-party cost).|
|Exchange of contracts||When the seller and purchaser are satisfied with the contract, both sides sign it, and they are then delivered to the opposite solicitors. The buyer pays the deposit (in most cases 10% of the property price, but this is negotiable). At this point, both buyer and seller are legally bound to go through with the transaction; to do otherwise could incur significant financial penalties.|
|On completion||The buyer can then collect the keys after the seller’s solicitor confirms receipt of the money that is due, less the 10% deposit that has already been paid.|
Why not try our quote calculator to see how competitively low our prices are? Or you could call us on 0800 038 6886 to talk to one of our advisers, who will guide you through the process with the minimum of fuss. Or you can drop us a line by emailing [email protected].
Conveyancing technology, including state-of-the-art solutions like automated updates and case-tracking, has been marketed by many conveyancing-quote websites as the secret to faster, cheaper conveyancing.
However, the key to a less stressful move is a proactive and communicative solicitor, regardless of the software they use (important though such tools are in the right hands). Working with our solicitors at In-Deed, you will have the advantage of 21st-century, online conveyancing coupled with the advice of a dedicated property lawyer.
Eager to get your conveyancing sorted out? Call our waiting advisers on 0800 038 6886 to get your solicitor assigned today with In-Deed!
Slough house price data
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For the last few years, Slough has enjoyed a steady, if small, increase in house price rises – although not as great as other areas of the country particularly in the south. However, across all properties, Slough has experienced a lowering of prices in the year since February 2018, perhaps as a reaction to the uncertainty over the Brexit negotiations.
- All properties – £298,580 (a fall of -1.7% since February 2018 but a rise of 6.4% since February 2016)
- Flats, apartments and maisonettes – £221,664 (a fall in value of -3.1% since February 2018 but a rise of 5.5% since February 2016)
- Terraced houses – £315,030 (a fall of -1.1% since February 2018 and a rise of 6.6% since February 2016)
- Semi-detached houses – £404,023 (a slight fall of -0.2% since February 2018 and a rise of 7.5% since February 2016)
- Detached houses – £560,476 (a fall of -1.7% since February 2018 and 7.7% since February 2016)
House price data retrieved on 18 April 2019 (©2019 HM Land Registry)
Conveyancing when remortgaging in Slough
Our expert property lawyers deal with hundreds of remortgage and equity transfer conveyancing transactions in Berkshire every year.
In-Deed's solicitors can work with all major bank and building society panels, from Yorkshire Bank Home Loans to Aldermore Bank. Our prompt, results-driven approach means faster processes and quicker completion, which may save you an extra mortgage payment at the old rate.
To find out more and how In-Deed can help your remortgage, call our waiting team of advisers on 0800 038 6886. Why not try our quote calculator to see how competitively low our prices are? Or you can drop us a line by emailing [email protected].
Slough ‘Help to Buy’ conveyancing
This government-sponsored scheme aims to assist homebuyers with three ways of purchasing a property:
- Help to Buy ISA - if you are a first-time buyer and don’t own any other property (anywhere in the world), and you don’t have another cash ISA opened in the same tax year, when you buy your first home, the solicitor will apply for the government bonus on your behalf when closure of your Home to Buy ISA used to buy the property is confirmed.
- Help to Buy: Equity Loan - if you have no other property and are buying a newly-built home, the government will provide 20% of the cost of the house (up to a maximum of £600,000), leaving you with the saved 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage to cover the remainder. This is open to current homeowners and first-time buyers, and the home cannot be sublet nor can it be used in a part-exchange deal.
- Help to Buy: Shared Ownership - if your household earns less than £80,000, you could be eligible for this scheme, which allows you to buy between 25% and 75% of the home’s value, while the government pays the remainder on which you would then pay rent.
(information retrieved from HM Government’s Help to Buy website on 16 April 2019).
Contact the Money Advice Service, the government’s Help to Buy website, or your local ‘Help to Buy’ agent for more information. The Radian Group (contactable on 0800 456 1188) is the local agent for Slough.
To find out how In-Deed can help with the legal side of the various Help to Buy schemes and what it means to your planned property purchase, give our helpful advisers a quick now on 0800 038 6886 and get your conveyancing kick-started today.