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Conveyancing in Alford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/05/18

Planning to moving to Alford? Relevant regional public service information

The nearest station to Alford is Thorpe Culvert, approximately 10 miles away. The closest airport to Alford is Kirmington, Humberside International Airport (31 miles).

Skegnesst General hospital is relatively close to Alford.

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How do we get the best conveyancing rates for a £457,000 property?

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Many solicitors advertise so-called cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra charges are often hiding in the terms of engagement which buyers and sellers may have not read carefully The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

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What is the council tax on a Sixties detached dwelling in Alford?

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Ordinarily, the title report will include the appropriate East Lindsey council tax band. The latest tax charges for Alford are tabled at the East Lindsey council site. On 29 December 2012 the rates are:

  • Band A - £931.00
  • Band B - £1,086.00
  • Band C - £1,241.00
  • Band D - £1,396.00
  • Band E - £1,706.00
  • Band F - £2,017.00
  • Band G - £2,327.00
  • Band H - £2,792.00

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Where can I find out if the conservation area we are buying in is in a poor state?

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English Heritage keep a list of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas. Conservation areas are set up by the local East Lindsey planning authority, who regulate conservation area concerns from including things like street posts, addition of unsympathetic windows and whether trees can be cut down.

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What length of time will it take our assigned solicitor to carry out all of the conveyancing work on a detached Regency property we are purchasing in Alford?

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The process can take anywhere from 1 month to 12 weeks, which can depend on a number of factors like the speed of the seller's conveyancing solicitor, or the time taken getting replies to enquiries.

Our highly conveyancing solicitors are very focused on speed and communication work towards completing the legal process in as little time as realistically possible.

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Would you advise taking steps to get out of paying out for stamp duty on a house?

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Stamp duty avoidance should not be considered when purchasing in Alford. These schemes are highly expensive and , if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed.

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Would arranging a property survey be sensible when buying any property in Alford?

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Homeward Legal advise that the majority of buyers instruct a property surveyor. There are a wide range of issues which can affect a property, such as wet rot and failed double glazing. Such issues will not be considered during the conveyancing work itself.

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Is contaminated land in Alford an issue?

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Residential property could be contaminated by a range of factors caused by man and by nature, like proximity to scrap yards or petroleum and fuel sites. An environmental search will offer more detail. Ulceby, Lincolnshire, LN13 0EZ is one such potential source of contamination.

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Do you have good solicitors that handle residential property auction conveyancing in Alford?

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Homeward Legal frequently handle the legal work for buyers and sellers at auction. We usually tell buyers at auction to choose a SRA regulated lawyer before the auction day for a full investigation of the legal documents. Following the date of the auction your chosen lawyer is fully focused on finishing the conveyancing within the limited time frame as required .