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Conveyancing in Atherton Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/01/18

Intending to moving to Atherton? Some pertinent nearby travel and public service information

Motorists are well catered for with Atherton situated with very good motorway access roughly 2 miles of Junction 5 Southbound of the M61.

Atherton's closest station is Atherton and Eccles, Barton Aerodrome Airport is 6 miles from Atherton. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is 20 miles, Manchester Terminals 1 & 3 Airport is 15 miles, Manchester Terminal 2 Airport is 15 miles and Eccles Airport is 6 miles away.

Leigh Infirmary Wigan is the nearest hospital to Atherton.

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How do we find low cost conveyancing in Atherton?

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Numerous firms promote 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Often extra costs are often hiding in the small print. Additional charges found in the terms needs to be reasonable and clear. Any disbursements must also be stated on a conveyancing quote. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

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Flood risk searches are standard procedure for home buyers but considering recent flooding such as the widespread flooding in Sept 2012 in North West England are they comfort enough to establish sufficient information about the Atherton flood risk area?

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Conveyancing searches handled by your solicitor in Atherton will also include a far more detailed Landmark flood search if the risk is deemed significant.

If you remain concerned it may be worth trying to get in touch with a future neighbour.

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Do we need to get a home buyers survey?

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It is firmly advised that purchasers in Atherton arrange a property surveyor to perform a survey if you are planning to buy in Atherton. Many defects affect a property, for example roof spread. These will not be reported on by a solicitor.

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Is your solicitor team set up to move quickly on residential property auction conveyancing in Atherton?

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The legal team are familiar with local and national auctions and regularly carry out work for buyers and sellers at auction. It is a shrewd move for buyers to decide on a good property conveyancing lawyer as quickly as they can for an investigation of the property's legal title well before the day of the auction.

Immediately following the date of the auction your lawyer is totally prepared for speedily finishing the conveyancing in the limited time as typically required by the terms if sale.

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Is it a bad idea to circumvent paying out for stamp duty land tax?

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Stamp duty must be paid for residential property over £125,000. Stamp duty reduction scheme is not recommended for purchases in Atherton, because these schemes are expensive 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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Do we need to employ the solicitor used by our estate agent?

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An agent will be able to pressure a law firm they refer a lot of work to, and can therefore to reduce delays in the conveyancing process. These referrals need to be considered carefully, as an agent may select the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.

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What is the council tax on a mid-terrace property in Atherton?

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Customarily the conveyancing report on title should give information the relevant Wigan council tax band.

The latest council tax charges for residents of Atherton are set out in detail on the Wigan local authority website. At the time of writing (11 December 2012) band rates are:

  • Band A - £913.00
  • Band B - £1,065.00
  • Band C - £1,217.00
  • Band D - £1,369.00
  • Band E - £1,674.00
  • Band F - £1,978.00
  • Band G - £2,282.00
  • Band H - £2,739.00

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Is there anything we are supposed to do to make our Atherton conveyancing faster?

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Most importantly, contacting a proactive and experienced conveyancing solicitor is the key to a fast completion. There are, in addition, a range of things you as the purchaser could do to get moving sooner, including, confirming your mortgage offer, answering any queries raised by your conveyancing solicitor as soon as possible and calling or emailing your conveyancing solicitor, and chase them if you suspect any delays.