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Conveyancing in Ashford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/05/18

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.

Q.

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 is the council tax on a detached Band H property in Ashford?

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Frequently a title report will provide the Ashford council tax band. Up-to-date charges for residents of Ashford are set out in detail online at the Ashford council website. As of 16 August 2012 rates are:

  • Band A - £942.00
  • Band B - £1,099.00
  • Band C - £1,256.00
  • Band D - £1,413.00
  • Band E - £1,727.00
  • Band F - £2,042.00
  • Band G - £2,356.00
  • Band H - £2,827.00

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I am purchasing in Ashford. Should we have property searches performed?

Searches are a set of questions requested by the solicitor, and only deal with legal-related matters.

Q.

Which lender panels in Ashford are you a member of?

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Of lenders with offices proximate to Ashford, Homeward Legal work in conjunction with most. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Ashford include NatWest, 5 Woodthorpe Rd, Ashford, TW15 2RN.

Q.

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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There are a multitude of resources on the subject of by passing the solicitor for example House Buying, Selling and Conveyancing. That being the case, do I have to use Ashford property solicitor ?

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Technically, there is no reason why a seller shouldn't take care of he legal process yourself.

That said, a property solicitor juggles a huge array of tasks e.g. applying for office copies of lease and other land reg docs or collating and preparing contract and package which really need a qualified solicitor. However firms and their solicitors are obligated to get acceptable professional indemnity insurance to shield you in the event of carelessness on the part of the solicitor.

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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.

Q.

Environmental searches are fine but with recent flooding such as the fact that 4 of the top 5 wettest years recorded were in last 12 years are they comfort enough to see sufficient information about the evolving Ashford risk of flooding?

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Flood searches applied for by your property solicitor in Ashford will include a more detailed flood search if required.

If you are worried you could try to contact a neighbour or local resident or regional Surrey flood repair builder - such as: General Builders, 209 Woodthorpe Rd, Ashford, TW15 3NJ Tel: 01784 770958.