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Conveyancing in Alcester Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/10/17

Alcester area info

Kinwarton Dovecote National Trust Coughton Court Historic Houses Association and Billesley All Saints Churches Conservation Trust are in the vicinity of Alcester.

Alcester's closest train station is Wilmcote at 5 miles. The nearest airport to Alcester is Defford Airport (disused) Airport (15 miles). Birmingham Airport is 18 miles, Coventry Airport is 21 mile and away.

The nearest hospital to Alcester is Alcester.

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We need to find the cheapest conveyancing quote. What should be watch out for?

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Several conveyancers claim to offer so-called cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately extra fees will be included in the terms and conditions. These terms are often ignored by excited buyers, eager to get underway. Charges should be clearly defined.

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Conveyancing solicitors in Alcester conduct some searches when they are acting for a purchaser, what specific searches?

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When applying for a mortgage, your lender expects at least the following Local Authority (council), Drainage Search (Con29DW) and Environmental and perhaps specific local searches, like a Utilities report.

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Which environmental factors can affect land in Alcester?

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Residential property in Alcester may have been contaminated by a broad range of environmental factors. Contaminants such as sand or gravel pits or pollution incidents should be reported on during conveyancing searches.

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We are buying a 1950s building in a designated conservation areas. How does one find data in respect of the standard of upkeep of the area?

English Heritage, a government body, maintain a list of the condition of conservation areas.

Conservation areas are nominated by Stratford-on-Avon who administer everything from street furniture to the obstruction of traffic signs.

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Is gazumping accepted in Alcester?

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Gazumping occurs when an offer is rejected, following initial acceptance, by the home owner and then selecting a higher offer. The will be a risk of getting gazumped in any transaction, because offers are not binding until exchange of contracts. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct your property solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer.

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Should we get a chancel search? We are purchasing in Alcester.

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Potentially amounting to over £100,000 in repair cost obligations, chancel liability should be considered by buyers of Alcester property likely to be affected. A chancel search is employed to check whether such a liability exists. The solicitor handling your conveyancing will confirm that a chancel search is appropriate. Church of England properties in the area include St Nicholas.

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What sort of checks concerning the risk and history of a flood in Warwickshire will my Alcester lawyer actually carry out?

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An important step in the legal procedure involves the lawyer applying for property environmental searches that set out information regarding the local Alcester flood risk.

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The internet is full of an abundance of guidebooks going into great depth on how to do DIY conveyancing for example Buying, Selling and Letting Property . Do we necessarily want to use a Alcester lawyer for my home move?

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Should you desire t attempt to do this you can feasibly take care of the if not all of the legal work without the help of a professional Alcester property solicitor. Needless to say legal firms would argue that this is a potentially hazardous approach as amateur lawyers are taking risks without applicable professional indemnity insurance which all solicitors are bound to have.