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Conveyancing in Ashford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

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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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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Which particular property searches will my Ashford property solicitor order for a Ashford home?

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The common procedure will be to get the following Local Authority Search, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal), Environment Search and Coal Mining Search (Con29M) and, depending on certain criteria, specific searches, which might include Index Map.

Q.

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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What can a Ashford conveyancing solicitor do if the property I hope to invest in is in a conservation area and has unseemly cladding fitted?

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Your lawyer is required to identify whether the property is within a designated conservation area, and if so whether any alterations have the appropriate consents from the local authority.

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

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

Q.

Is your panel of solicitors set up to move fast on the conveyancing for auction properties in Ashford?

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Indeed we are property auction specialists and often handle the legal work for buyers and sellers at auction. Our auction team lawyers have in the past acted for numerous successful bidders at local Ashford auctions like Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Canny purchasers always instruct an affordable property lawyer as ahead of time as they can to give enough time for a full report of the lot well before the auction day.

Immediately following the property auction date your property conveyancing lawyer is thoroughly able to concentrate on quickly completing the transaction inside the limited time frame as required .

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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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