Conveyancing Solicitors Dorchester


Trusted by 100s of clients to help them with their conveyancing in Dorchester, giving us detailed knowledge of the local housing market. We offer an Excellent service and we can solve any property challenge along the way.

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Look no further for your conveyancing solicitor in Dorchester

Whatever your property challenge, we can solve it.

Selling a property in Dorchester

Your conveyancing solicitor's role, when selling a property in Dorchester, will include:
  • Draft contracts – Your solicitor drafts the initial legal contract to be sent to the buyer's solicitor.
  • Responding to enquiries – your solicitor responds to any questions the buyer's solicitor may have (this is where you'll find out if you are missing documents which can cause delays to your sale).
  • Investigating issues – your solicitor may need to complete further investigation to try and satisfy them.
  • Exchange contracts – once the buyer's solicitor has satisfied their enquiries, contracts are finalised and exchanged
  • Day of completion – your solicitor receives the money for the sale, discharges the mortgage (if required), pays the estate agent, deducts their fee and then sends the net sale proceeds to you.
  • Post completion – your solicitor receives the DS1 discharge documents and, when leasehold, settles your liabilities for ground rent and service charges.

Our conveyancing solicitors' cost for selling a property in Dorchester starts from £723 INC VAT.

Buying a property in Dorchester

  • Draft contracts – Your solicitor reviews the draft contract sent by the seller's solicitor.
  • Raising enquiries – your solicitor will ask the seller's solicitor questions based on the contract, title, and property documents to protect you from any nasty surprises.
  • Exchange contracts – once your solicitor is satisfied in their enquiries, they agree with the seller to finalise and exchange contracts
  • Day of completion – on the day of completion, your solicitor transfers the money for the sale.
  • Post completion – following completion, your solicitor makes an application to the Land Registry to register you as the new owner.

Our conveyancing solicitors' cost for buying a property in Dorchester starts from £723 INC VAT.

Add or remove someone from a property title in Dorchester

With a Transfer of Equity, you can buy someone out of a shared property and remove them from the title, or add someone to the title, making them a joint owner.
This service includes:
  • Solicitors fees including ID checks, office copies
  • Land Registration fees
  • (if party being removed) ID1 Form verification fee
  • (if mortgage) Change of mortgage fee
  • (if leasehold) Notice fee to freeholder
Our conveyancing solicitors' cost for a Transfer of Equity in Dorchester starts at £363 INC VAT.
If someone is giving up their share of the property for less than market value, they may be required to get independent legal advice, which will be an additional expense.

Switch your mortgage deal in Dorchester

Your remortgage solicitor will perform all the necessary checks, review your new mortgage offer, and update the Land Registry post-completion.

The process is similar to when you purchase but should take less time, as the solicitor doesn't need to raise any legal enquiries.

If you own a leasehold property, your solicitor must carry out extra work to investigate the lease terms.

Our conveyancing solicitors' cost for a remortgage in Dorchester starts at £363 INC VAT INC VAT.

Purchase the next chunk of your equity

When you're ready to buy the next chunk of the equity in your shared ownership property, a conveyancer will be required to handle:
  • The bank transfer;
  • obtaining a mortgage redemption statement from your existing lender;
  • receiving your new mortgage offer and confirming the lender terms;
  • receiving the memorandum of staircasing;
  • handling completion;
  • filing SDLT form (if required); and
  • registration at the Land Registry.
Our conveyancing solicitors' cost for shared ownership staircasing in Dorchester starts at £569 INC VAT.
If you need to add someone to the legal title, you will need to pay an additional fee for a transfer of equity.

Paying off your Help to Buy equity loan

You'll need a solicitor to:
  • Receive redemption letter;
  • review title for ownership and restrictions;
  • obtain Authority to Complete;
  • draft a deed of postponement for your current lender;
  • handling completion;
  • bank transfer; and
  • if repaid in full, removal of the loan restriction at the Land Registry.
Our conveyancing solicitors' cost for Help to Buy loan redemption in Dorchester starts at £333 INC VAT.
Price based on a freehold with the loan being repaid in full using savings.

Why buy a home in Dorchester?

Dorchester is a town located in the county of Dorset. It is a popular place to live in because of its beaches and historic attractions, such as Maiden Castle, as well as its leisure facilities.

Other places of interest nearby include Sandworld Sculpture Park, Jurassic Safari and Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum.

Dorchester Hospital information

BMI The Winterbourne Hospital, Herringston Rd, Dorchester DT1 2DR

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Williams Ave, Dorchester DT1 2JY

Weymouth Community Hospital, 3 Melcombe Ave, Weymouth DT4 7TB

Property Solicitors Dorchester, Transport information

Dorchester is accessible by rail from London Waterloo, which is 2 hours and 31 minutes away by direct train and by car, it is accessible via the M3.

Distance to Airports from Dorchester


AirportMiles by car
Bournemouth26.6 miles
Bristol47.94 mi miles
Southampton50.12 mi miles
Local Schools in Dorchester

The Thomas Hardye School, Queen's Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2ET

The Sir John Colfox Academy, Ridgeway, Bridport DT6 3DT

Dorset Studio School, Kingston Maurward, Dorchester DT2 8PX

Conveyancing Solicitors in and around Dorchester

Our Dorchester conveyancing solicitors can help you with your conveyance locally or in any of the surrounding areas including Fordington, Poundbury, Lower Burton, Stinsford , Charminster, Winterborne Monkton and Martinstown.

Conveyancing Solicitors Dorchester

We have a number of offices throughout England and Wales so you can find a solicitor near you.
Recently completed properties in Dorchester:
  • Damers Road, Dorchester DT1 2JX
  • Great Western Rd, Dorchester DT1 1UF
  • Alington Rd, Dorchester DT1 1NS
  • Lancaster Rd, Dorchester DT1 1QG
  • Edward Rd, Dorchester DT1 2H
New build developers and developments in the area:
  • Apartment – Coningsby Place, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1
    Marketed by ZeroC Poundbury.

Dorchester Property Prices



Average property price in Dorchester£296,712
Population of Dorchester19,060 (2011)


Property price data is sourced from the Land Registry House Price Index by Conveyancing Solicitors Dorchester.
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Are local conveyancing solicitors near me more expensive?

Local or high street solicitors conveyancing costs can often be more than those of online conveyancing solicitors. They may handle less cases or be working on a referral arrangement with a local estate agent.

We provide local services, nationally, online, so you get the best of both.

Why choose SAM Conveyancing Solicitors in Dorchester?

Whether you're buying, selling, remortgaging, extending a lease, staircasing shared ownership, or paying off your help to buy loan, you'll need a conveyancer to handle the legal side of things. With SAM you get the benefit of dedicated conveyancing executive who'll guide you through the process, from start to finish, at no extra cost. Available Monday to Saturday to answer all your questions, we'll bridge the gap between you and your solicitor, with regular updates in plain English.

We have hand selected some of the best conveyancing solicitors Dorchester has to offer, which are backed by a no sale no fee guarantee and the Dorchester conveyancing fee we quote is broken down so you can see exactly what your quote includes. What we quote you is the fixed price you will pay for the agreed work. No unpleasant surprises.

You'll also benefit form our state of the art Online Conveyancing Process to track your progress and next steps along the way.

Affordable Housing Schemes

There are a number of affordable housing schemes in Dorchester to help make buying a property more achievable. The work is more complex and we have specialist conveyancing solicitors to handle the following:

  • Shared Ownership Solicitors
  • Right to Buy Solicitors Dorchester - speak to Dorchester Town Council to find out if you are eligible
  • Discount Market Sale Dorchester - check with Dorchester Town Council if they are running a DMS scheme


Property Solicitors Dorchester

You can rest assured that you're in good hands with our Conveyancing Solicitors Dorchester. They are skilled and experienced with complex transactions from a simple purchase for a property in Dorchester to a Sale and Purchase of a shared ownership property, executing a Deed of Trust simultaneously.

We have specialist Dorchester leasehold conveyancing solicitors to handle your sale & purchase of a leasehold property, as well as lease extensions and creation, sale, or purchase of a Dorchester share of freehold property.

Due to the additional legal work surrounding the lease and terms, your quote will be calculated based on the tenure, so as long as you give us the correct details when getting your Dorchester leasehold conveyancing quote with the simple form above, this will be included in your initial quote, not a surprise addition later on. Property Challenges Solved.

Frequently Asked Questions: Conveyancing Solicitors Dorchester



Average conveyancing fees in London can be slightly higher than the rest of the country. Depending on the price of the property and the complexity of the transaction you could pay several hundred to a couple of thousand pounds. Our conveyancing fees in Dorchester start at £723 INC VAT.

Fill in our easy online form for a fixed quote, tailored to your requirements.

It's not necessary to have a local conveyancing solicitor as the process is the same throughout England and Wales. You should prioritise service and efficiency over proximity to Dorchester, when choosing your conveyancing solicitor.

There are many factors which can delay conveyancing in Dorchester. A very simple transaction can be completed in less than two months, but the average is closer to 12-16 weeks.

CQS Accreditation

All our panel solicitors are CQS accredited. You can trust the Conveyancing Quality Scheme for the highest standards of conveyancing.

Fixed Fee

Don't bother with an 'estimate' fee. You want to make sure that your total fee is fixed (they can't charge you more later) and it includes all the necessary components. We build your quote based on each of the costs involved in a standard transaction based on the information you give us, with no sneaky extra fees. If you have additional requirements, speak with a helpful team member to ensure everything you need is covered within your quote.

No Sale No Fee

Choose a conveyancing solicitor in Dorchester who offers a No Sale No Fee Guarantee, like ours. If your first sale or purchase falls through, the money you've spent with us will go toward your next one. Terms apply.

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Communication

Not knowing what is going on is the most frustrating thing for a client. Many solicitors are too busy doing legal work to answer all their clients call for updates. With SAM Conveyancing, you'll have a dedicated conveyancing executive available Monday to Saturday. They'll keep you in the loop on progress, translate the legal jargon, chase your solicitor when required and email you about milestones.

Value

Get a fully comprehensive quote covering all your needs so you can accurately compare your options to ensure you're paying a good price.

Online conveyancing is just as safe as you protect your data on the internet, as you would in any other transaction. Online conveyancing means speedier turnaround times on documents, more convenient meetings and lower running costs for the firm. We pass our savings on to you.

Yes, if you're buying and selling at the same time, the same conveyancing solicitor can handle both transactions, which will save you money, as you'll only have to do the 'new client' admin once.

1. Get a mortgage in principle

Know what you can afford to save wasting time on any false-starts.

2. Instruct your conveyancing solicitor before you make your offer

Waiting till after your offer is accepted can delay your transaction. As early as possible, inform them of any details, such as gifted deposits. Using an online service cuts down on snail mail delays and waiting for physical meetings, which can be conducted by video call.

3. Apply for your mortgage quickly

As soon as your offer is accepted, you can submit your application. An independent broker can help speed this along.

4. Order your searches and surveys

Ordering these early can speed up your conveyancing process, especially if local authorities face delays. However, it is usually considered prudent to time this with the rest of your chain if a transaction falls through.

5. Get your building insurance ready

You'll need insurance from the exchange so research & compare insurance quotes, once your solicitor is instructed.

6. Paperwork (When selling)

Ensure you have your paperwork, including energy performance & FENSA certificates.

Dorset Conveyancing Solicitors for local buying, selling, transfer of equity and remortgageDorset is a county in the south of England, with the English Channel on its southern coast. Its county town is Dorchester, although larger cities and towns include Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth and Ferndown. Dorset has various different types of landscapes, including clay valleys, limestone ridges and chalk downs. Bournemouth and Poole have their own unitary authorities.

More than 50% of the county is classed as being in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Its coastland, in particular, has been regarded as very interesting from a geographical/geological perspective, including the Isle of Portland, Durdle Door and Chesil Beach.

Sandbanks, a suburb of Poole, has achieved the heights of having the fourth highest land values in the whole world. Adjacent counties include Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Devon.

Bournemouth Airport offers scheduled flights to the European mainland and islands. There are no motorways in the county and the main trunk roads are the A303, A35 and A31. Poole offers ferries to France and the Channel Islands. Bournemouth has two universities: Bournemouth University and The Arts University Bournemouth.

Dorset has more than 30 general and specialist museums, including the Tank Museum at Bovington and the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester. Grade I listed buildings include Portland Castle, a coastal fort commissioned by Henry VIII, and Christchurch Priory, the longest church in England.

Thomas Hardy, the famous novelist, was born in Higher Bockhampton near Dorchester in 1840 - his fictional town 'Casterbridge' is based on Dorchester. Enid Blyton, the children's author, allegedly bought Purbeck Golf Club for ?1, using it to go on holiday in Swanage: she apparently based many of her 'Famous Five' books around the Isle of Purbeck and Poole Harbour.

Finally, in the form of the Dorset Naga, the county has a claim to produce the hottest chilli in the world, with an average score of 923,000 Scoville Heat Units.

*Mortgage lenders choose which solicitors they will or won't work with. Our panel solicitors are on 99% of mortgage lender panels. Our panel solicitors are currently not on the panel for Kent Reliance (when buying through Shared Ownership) and the Islamic Development Bank. Tell us who your lender is and we will assign you an approved panel solicitor.
**Our panel of solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and conveyancing work is accredited with the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme.
***No Sale No Fee applies to any sale or purchase quote except auction and right to buy. Read our No Sale No Fee Policy.

What are the conveyancing costs?

Dorchester Conveyancing Solicitor fees vary between online conveyancing solicitors, high street conveyancers or housing solicitors introduced by your estate agent.

The actual conveyancing costs, outside of the legal work, should be fixed, including:

For buyers: stamp duty, land registration, property searches, ID searches and leasehold charges (if buying a leasehold property).

For sellers: office copies, title plan and management information (if selling a leasehold property).

Make sure to budget for all of the above conveyancing costs and to get a fixed fee conveyancing quote from several firms, to compare value.

Making the right choice of solicitor is key to the whole process: