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Conveyancing in Ashford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/02/18

Thinking of re-locating to the area? Relevant regional transport and public service information

The closest airport to Ashford is Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport (2 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 3 miles, London City Airport is 23 miles, London Heliport Airport is 13 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 4 miles, Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 18 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 23 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 23 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 9 miles, Elstree Airport is 17 miles, White Waltham Airport is 15 miles, Blackbushe Airport is 19 miles, London Biggin Hill Airport is 22 miles and Booker Airport is 20 miles away. The nearest station to Ashford is Ashford Middlesex.

Ashford is under 2m of junction entry 1 Southbound of the M3.

Ashford, Staines is a nearby hospital to Ashford.

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How do we identify a genuinely cheap fee? We are trying to find an affordable Ashford conveyancing estimate.

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Lack of clarity over this topic catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors advertise supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately extra costs will be included in the terms of engagement. Excited homeowners, eager to get underway, often ignore this small print when they instruct. Any charges ought to be fair. A quote should list any disbursements to be paid.

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How much will searches be?

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Searches range in cost, subject to which searches have been ordered. Searches are paid out to a 3rd party, and will not be included in the quoted conveyancing fees.

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We are buying on a Ashford brownfield site. What should we do regarding manganese (Mn) soil contamination?

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Metal contamination may have occurred throughout Ashford, but if significant harm could be caused to people or protected species by the contamination, it is likely to be labelled contaminated land. Other sources of contaminated land include herbicides.

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What length of time does it take my designated property solicitor to finish all of the legal process on a semi detached building?

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Completion can take anywhere between a month and twelve weeks, which can depend on any number of things for example the efficiency of the vendors lawyer, or the number of people in the chain. Homeward Legal's conveyancers are exceptionally focused on speed and communication completing the legal process in as short a time as achievable.

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How do we avoid paying out for stamp duty tax?

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SDLT is payable on property valued at over £125,000. We do not recommend any stamp duty mitigation, because these schemes are costly and , if a scheme is challenged, you can be fined up to 100% of the amount owed, in additional to the tax itself.

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Is topsoil remediation of contaminated land available in Ashford?

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Where land has been contaminated by previous industrial use, remediation may be possible. Contact a local provider for example Ransley Turf, 290 Kingsnorth Rd, Ashford, TN23 6LU for more details.

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Do we need to instruct the law firm used by the estate agent?

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Estate agent referrals are a common practice path whereby buyers get a solicitor, however, such referrals should be compared against alternatives, as some agents choose the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.

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I am intending to purchase with Harpenden Building Society, what do we need to check?

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Some lenders have reduced the number of firms on their approved panel. For property buyers, this can result in significantly higher legal costs. Homeward Legal will act on behalf of the majority of CML-approved lenders, keeping buyers' legal costs to a minimum.