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Conveyancing in Almondsbury Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/04/17

Intending to moving to the Almondsbury area? Some useful local Almondsbury transport and public service information -

Almondsbury is very close at approximately 1/2 mile off the M5 junction entry 15 Southbound.

Almondsbury's closest airport is Bristol Airport. and the closest train station to Almondsbury is Patchway, about 2 miles away.

Southmead Bristol is a nearby hospital to Almondsbury.

Q.

How do I get fixed rate conveyancing in Almondsbury?

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Numerous solicitors advertise cheap conveyancing, but extra costs are frequently hidden in the terms of engagement. Any additional charges which are listed in terms of engagement should be fair and clearly defined.

Q.

Food risk searches may be standard procedure for home buyers but considering recent events e g the serious flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England are they actually good enough to identify enough about the ever changing Almondsbury flood risk area?

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The property lawyer in Almondsbury should get additional flood risk searches (Landmark database search) if the first searches establishes a any kind of Almondsbury flood risk.

Sometimes home buyers to get in touch with a close neighbour for that extra assurance.

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Is a house survey a good idea if we are purchasing property in Almondsbury?

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Homeward Legal recommend that you instruct a RICS surveyor to undertake a survey if buying in Almondsbury. A range concerns can negatively affect a property, including dry rot.

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We have a found a property to buy. How do we get fast conveyancing?

As is widely reported, buying faster is key to instruct a experienced lawyer. When finding a suitable a lawyer, you should ask the following: How soon will they order searches? Do they offer 'instant' online quotes? Do they use email?

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My partner and I are purchasing a house in Almondsbury. How do I find out if the house is in a conservation area?

A.

Areas considered to be of architectural or historic interest, like historic transport links, may be designated as conservation areas. Your solicitor will advise further, in regard to relevant conservation area restrictions in Almondsbury.

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We are taking out a mortgage with First Active, what do we need to be aware of?

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House buyers should consider that some lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel'. We will act for all large lenders, ensuring that an additional lawyer will not be required to act for your lender.

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We are using a lender based in Gloucestershire, and need to know which Almondsbury lenders you work with. Which panels are you on?

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Of lenders with offices near Almondsbury, we closely with many. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include St James Place, Beech House/Brotherswood Court/Great Pk Rd, Bradley Stoke, Bristol, BS32 4QW, and T W P Mortgages, 2 Townsend La, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4DY. The Almondsbury solicitor handling the work for your sale or purchase will be able to advise further.

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Does our Almondsbury conveyancer tell me about the cost of council tax on a Band C property prior to completing on the purchase?

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A solicitor will approach the South Gloucestershire local authority to discover the relevant council tax band and rates, which will be set out in the title report. Up-to-date charges for homes in Almondsbury are tabled online at the South Gloucestershire council site. Currently, 24 October 2012, rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £1,023.00
  • Band B - £1,193.00
  • Band C - £1,364.00
  • Band D - £1,534.00
  • Band E - £1,875.00
  • Band F - £2,216.00
  • Band G - £2,557.00
  • Band H - £3,068.00

 
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