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Conveyancing in Aston Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/07/17

Thinking of re-locating to the area? Practical local transport and services information -

Aston's nearest train station is Duddeston. The nearest airport to Aston is Birmingham Airport. Coventry Airport is 20 miles and Wolverhampton Business Airport Airport is 16 miles away.

Motorists are well served with Aston ideally situated with excellent road access close at around 1 1/2 mile off the M6 Junction 6 Southbound.

A&E For Birmingham Childrens is the neighbouring hospital for Aston.

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How do I get the best rates for conveyancing for a 430,000 property?

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Many law firms claim to offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but extra fees may inflate the final invoice. Any additional fees should be reasonable. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

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Do we need a Homebuyer Report for our home purchase in Aston?

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It is highly recommended that home buyers in Aston arrange a home surveyor when you intend to buy in Aston. A range problems can negatively affect a property, for example wet rot and cracks around door frames. Such issues will not be considered during the conveyancing work itself.

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Could molybdenum (Mo) contaminate land in Aston?

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Measures are taken on a national level to rectify topsoil contamination. The local authority for Aston will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

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What average time does it take the property solicitor to conclude the conveyancing formalities on a semi detached period building we are intending to purchase in Aston?

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The conveyancing process can take anywhere from a month to three months dependent on various factors such as the speed of the vendor's conveyancing solicitor, or contentious issues that may arise. Homeward Legal's conveyancers in Aston are extremely results-orientated, with the intention of completing the legal process in as short a time as we possibly can.

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Will we need a chancel search if we are intending to purchase in the parish of Gedling?

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The conveyancing lawyer should confirm that a chancel search be ordered. Although some Parochial Church Councils have opted to impose chancel repairs on owners of land subject to chancel liability, a conveyancing solicitor cannot verify that a parish where dues have not recently been paid will not be so in future.

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Is an environmental search a disbursement or fee?

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Each fee and disbursement should be identified on a quote for your conveyancing, without any hidden charges in the 'small print'. This charge is a disbursement not a fee, meaning the solicitor passes on the charge at cost.

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What is the risk of gazumping?

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Gazumping takes place when a purchaser's offer is rejected, following initial acceptance, by the seller, selecting instead a greater offer. Because acceptance of an offer is not binding on the seller until exchange of contracts, there is a risk of being gazumped. Consider instructing a proactive solicitor early to reduce the chance of your offer being gazumped.

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Do you advise taking precautions to avoid paying stamp duty to the Revenue?

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Stamp duty must be paid on residential property over £125,000. Stamp duty mitigation is not recommended. Such schemes are expensive and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later.

 
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