By Frances Traynor
19th October 2017
"Working in partnership is the key to less stressful completion."
Buying a new home? Selling a flat or bungalow? Then you should appoint a conveyancing solicitor to complete the legal side of things on your behalf.
The property lawyers on Homeward Legal's panel have years of conveyancing experience in Altrincham and throughout Greater Manchester. Our speed-focused, pragmatic approach means we often complete the transaction in the shortest possible time.
Our property lawyers carry out all the conveyancing work for your move for a fixed price.
If your Greater Manchester house move does not complete we do not charge you any solicitors fees.
Using area experience, our solicitors will guide you along every step of your sale or purchase.
No additional fees whatsoever.
By road: Altrincham is served by the M56, A538 and A560.
By rail: The nearest train station is Altrincham Interchange.
By air: The three closest airports to Altrincham are Manchester Airport (5 miles), Liverpool John Lennon Airport (29), and Hawarden Airport (36 miles).
Hospital: Altrincham Hospital and Minor Injuries Unit, Railway Street, Altrincham, WA14 2RE.
Council: Trafford Council (www.trafford.gov.uk).
Attractions: John Leigh Park, Altrincham Market, Dunham Massey Hall and Gardens, and Art with a Heart.Q.
No. Homeward Legal never charge any hidden fees for your conveyancing legal work, so what you see is what you get. Some other solicitors, though, only estimate conveyancing costs, and the final bill you receive may be much more than you had anticipated.
Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to obtain your fixed-fee quote, reinforced with our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.Q.
Whichever Altrincham parish you are buying in, a property solicitor may suggest a chancel search. Some parochial church councils have decided to charge the cost of chancel repairs to the owners of properties near church buildings. However, it isn’t possible to be absolutely certain that a parish, in which lay rectors have not previously been expected to pay chancel repair dues, will not automatically be the case for future owners. Therefore, it can be difficult to use this as a guide. Your solicitor can advise you on the position, and also arrange any indemnity insurance.Q.
The council (here Trafford Council) is responsible for setting the tax rates. As part of the conveyancing, your solicitor will ascertain the precise band for your property and detail its associated tax rate in the report on title. The latest council tax information is available on the council website (see the public service information section at the top of these FAQs for a link you can click). For the 2016/2017 tax year, the rates were:
Retrieved on 7 March 2017Q.
The Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rate depends on a number of factors but principally on the price you bought your property for. If your building was purchased for under £125,000, you will not have to pay any stamp duty. In the example cited, the duty owed would be £11,775 on a property bought for £320,000.
Note that the government's budgeting and housing policies may change the rate or the trigger value. You might wish to use a stamp duty calculator like the one at www.stampdutycalculator.org.uk.Q.
Instructing an experienced conveyancing solicitor is crucial for the impetus to fast conveyancing. When identifying an appropriate conveyancing solicitor, consider these questions:
Homeward Legal provides this and so much more. Try our quote calculator. Or call our conveyancing team on 0800 038 6699 for a fixed-fee quote.Q.
Fees and disbursements ought to be stated separately on your quote. This charge is a fee and not a disbursement, but some solicitors will charge extra for this. At Homeward Legal, there are no additional costs to be added to our fixed-fee conveyancing, and the distinction between the two types of costs are clearly laid out in the quote.Q.
Homeward Legal supports the position of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, which advises property-buyers to order a structural survey. There can be many unforeseen issues with a house that might affect the purchase, such as insect infestation, falling roof timbers, broken drainage and so on. These are not part of the remit of the conveyancing process, so it makes sense to instruct a building surveyor for peace of mind.Q.
Homeward Legal’s solicitors work with the majority of lenders providing financing to Altrincham home-buyers. Altrincham lenders and mortgage specialists in the area include:
Conveyancing may be held up even in ideal circumstances. In some cases, the causes are out of the solicitors' hands. Homeward Legal strive to curtail the burden of these delays where feasible to do so by driving the transaction forward.Q.
In Altrincham, where land was once owned by a lay rectors, new owners of that property may be obliged to contribute towards upkeep of a church in the area. A number of sources are used to identify liability, including the Title Register database. Altrincham ecclesiastical properties include St George and St John the Evangelist.Q.
We work closely with auctioneers and regularly do the legal conveyancing buyers at auction. It is a sensible decision buyers at auction to get their conveyancing lawyer as rapidly as they can to allow sufficient time for a thorough investigation of the sellers documents prior to the property auction date. Subsequently, following the property auction your solicitor is thoroughly prepared for finishing the conveyancing within the usual 28 days as conventionally required by the terms if sale.Q.
Your instructed property lawyer is required to ascertain if the property is inside a conservation area and whether any modifications have the requisite permissions from the Trafford council.Q.
English Heritage, a government body, now maintain records of the condition of conservation areas. Local Altrincham conservation areas are designated by the local Trafford planning authority, who maintain things like public spaces to the thwarting of ugly shop fronts.Q.
Fees and disbursements ought to be stated on your quote. This charge is a fee not a disbursement, but some solicitors do charge extra for this.Q.
It is common for estate agents to recommend a conveyancing solicitor. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, some agents choose the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.