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Conveyancing in Atherton

Conveyancing is the series of legal steps a solicitor takes when transfering property ownership. Conveyancing can also refer to the legal side of a remortgage or equity transfer. If you need a solicitor for conveyancing in Atherton, we can help you with fast & proactive conveyancing from a national panel of conveyancing specialists.

We have helped clients in Atherton and throughout Lancaster with buying, selling, buy-to-let, Help to Buy, Right to Buy, shared ownership, new build, leasehold, lease extensions, remortgage and transfer of equity.

Other areas covered: Bolton, Manchester, Trafford and Manchester

Atherton Conveyancing Solicitors

Buying property in Atherton

Part of Greater Manchester, Atherton was once a centre for coal mining and cotton manufacturing. Today, it's a residential town with easy access to both Manchester and Wigan. Atherton has a population of approximately 20,300.

Atherton house prices

The average price paid for a property in Atherton between March and April 2024 was £281,373 (updated July 2024).

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Council Tax in Atherton (2023/24)

Atherton is in Lancaster City Council.

Band Amount
A £1,469.94
B £1,714.93
C £1,959.92
D £2,204.91
E £2,694.89
F £3,184.87
G £3,674.85
H £4,409.82

What does an Atherton conveyancing solicitor do?

A conveyancer helps the buyer with the legal side of the transaction. This means carrying out comprehensive due diligence on the property, such as ordering property searches, raising enquires and registering you as the new owner at HMLR.

Atherton conveyancing solicitors may carry out searches for historic industrial activity and land contamination.

Buying a property with a mortgage?

Whether you are buying a residential property to live in or buying a house of multiple occupancy (HMO), your solicitor must also complete legal work for the bank. Your transaction could take weeks longer if your conveyancer is not on your mortgage provider's panel.

Our chosen partner solicitors have established relationships with the majority of mortgage lenders, so your conveyancing will complete sooner.

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We have also helped Atherton buyers with the legal work for:

Conservation area

When you buy a home in an Atherton conservation area, your conveyancer will need to check for restrictive covenants, which could include rubbish disposal issues, and rights of way. Conservation areas in Atherton and the Lancaster local authority include:

  • Ireby

Listed buildings

There are about half a million listed properties across the country, and around 1,380 of which are in Lancaster City Council.

Listed buildings in and near to Atherton include:

  • Ena Mill, Flapper Fold Lane, Atherton, Wigan
  • 94-118 Leigh Road, Howe Bridge, Atherton, Wigan
  • Chatham House, Chatham Street, Atherton, Wigan
  • Church Of St Michael And All Angels, Leigh Road, Howe Bridge, Atherton, Wigan
  • Chanters Farmhouse, Chanters Avenue, Atherton, Wigan

Listed buildings come with complex rules that the owner must adhere to. Examples of the duties faced by listed property owners include required consent for any alterations, and a duty to report finds or discoveries on the property. Our specialist panel of solicitors will offer guidance on what duties your ownership will impose.

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New Build Conveyancing

The conveyancing process for acquiring a new build home in Atherton is often more complex than other types of conveyancing.

A conveyancing solicitor in Atherton must be able to deal with things like dealing with lender conditions, handling withdrawal under the Consumer Code for Housebuilders and registering ownership with warranty providers, including NHBC, Advantage and Build Assure.

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What you need to check before buying a new build home.

Buying a leasehold property

can be very involved. The many potential complications lying in wait for the unsuspecting purchaser can include legally technical issues like unreasonable managing agent fees and freeholds sold without first refusal to leaseholders.

Your conveyancing solicitor will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.

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Selling a house or flat in Atherton

For the sale of homes in Atherton, your conveyancing solicitor will prepare vital paperwork, such as the draft contract and assorted property information forms, and will help you answer these forms.

The role of a conveyancer acting for the seller includes answering the buyer's solicitor's enquiries, dealing with complications like a planning issue and taking charge of the mortgage redemption.

By taking steps to work with all parties, including agents, lenders and landlords, the solicitor will ensure the sale is completed successfully.

I am selling a leasehold property in Atherton - what do I need to know?

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat is a great deal more specialised than for a more straightforward freehold house.

The complexities of leasehold mean conveyancing solicitors in Atherton will usually undertake extra work, which could include collating all relevant freeholder information, through to ascertaining if the incoming lessee (i.e. the seller) is required to buy a share in the building's management company.

In order to resolve any leasehold issues faster, It is strongly advised that the vendor contact a lawyer as soon as is practicable.

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Don't forget to confirm your remortgage solicitor's lender panel status before you instruct your solicitor.

Quittance panel solicitors can work on behalf of almost all lenders, so whether you are changing to a standard variable rate mortgage with Yorkshire Building Society or taking out a 10-year tracker rate from Bradford and Bingley, our panel solicitors can guide you through the remortgage process.

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Atherton Transfer of equity

Whether you are transferring the ownership of your property to a child, buying out another part-owner or inheritance tax (IHT) planning, you'll need a solicitor who specialises in transfers of equity.

Your property lawyer will complete the legal work for a guaranteed fixed fee.

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How much are solicitors' conveyancing fees in Atherton?

Conveyancing legal fees

These fees are what your conveyancing solicitor charges you for the work they carry out during your property transaction. The quote will set out the legal fees (inc. VAT) that you pay when the property transaction is complete.


Your conveyancing quote should also itemise required third-party costs, or disbursements, including Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), HM Land Registry fees and property searches.

Check the terms and conditions

Beware of hidden charges not mentioned in the initial conveyancing quote, when you compare conveyancing quotes. Some firms list extra charges in their terms and conditions, leading to a total cost that's much higher than the initial quote.

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The Completely Moved team have years of experience helping home buyers, sellers and owners, answering questions and providing property advice.

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