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Conveyancing in Ampthill Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 14/01/18

Ampthill area information

Houghton House English Heritage and Wrest Park Gardens English Heritage are close to Ampthill.

The closest airport to Ampthill is Luton Airport (12 miles). The nearest station to Ampthill is Millbrook.

The closest hospital to Ampthill is Steppingley Flitwick.

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How do I find affordable conveyancing in Ampthill?

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Numerous law firms purport to offer cheap conveyancing, however extra charges will be included in the solicitor's terms, left unread by preoccupied property buyers and sellers Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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What individual property conveyancing searches will a Ampthill property solicitor do on a Ampthill property?

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Normal procedure is to get Local Authority Search, Drainage Search (Con29DW) and Environmental, and possibly less common searches, like a Utilities Search.

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I am buying soon and have a quote from you. May I be invoiced any additional charges?

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Regrettably, it is common practice for some firms to hide fees in small print. Our solicitors do not charge any hidden charges. Know that some solicitors' firms will give a low estimate, not an accurate quote. The bill you receive on completion can be much greater.

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How will a property solicitor in Ampthill report back on the risk and history of flooding around Ampthill?

A solicitor will conduct official environmental searches that incorporate Ampthill flood risk area data information.

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Should I be concerned about gazumping?

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Gazumping takes place when a home owner accepts a lower offer and then dismisses it, opting for a second buyer's offer. It may happen weeks into a sale. Because acceptance of an offer is not binding on the seller until exchange of contracts, there is a danger of gazumping. You should instruct a law firm early, and even before acceptance of an offer to reduce the chance of gazumping.

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Will the property report prepared by the professional conveyancing solicitor in Ampthill outline applicable rates of council tax on a house before contracts are exchanged?

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Your property solicitor will contact the council to ascertain the up to date council tax charges which will subsequently be detailed in the conveyancer's title report.

The correct rates for homes in Ampthill are set out in detail online at the Central Bedfordshire local authority website. At the time of authoring, 29 January 2013, rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £1,098.00
  • Band B - £1,281.00
  • Band C - £1,464.00
  • Band D - £1,647.00
  • Band E - £2,012.00
  • Band F - £2,378.00
  • Band G - £2,744.00
  • Band H - £3,293.00

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Do we need to instruct the lawyer named by the local agent?

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An agent in Hedon will suggest a conveyancing solicitor. However, if the agent is paid a fee by the solicitor, the agent may recommend the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.

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Do I need a survey for our home purchase?

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors strongly advise that purchasers in Ampthill book a property surveyor when you intend to buy in Ampthill. There can be a range of issues that affect a property, that a solicitor will be unable to address, such as subsidence.