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Conveyancing in Avonmouth Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/04/17

Thinking of re-locating to the Avonmouth area? Helpful local transport and public service details -

Avonmouth's nearest airport is Bristol Airport. Avonmouth station is about a mile from Avonmouth.

Avonmouth is very close at under a miles of junction entry 18 Southbound of the M5.

The neighbouring hospital for Avonmouth is Bristol, Redland Hill.

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How can we ensure our cheap quote is fixed? I need to find affordable conveyancing.

A.

This point catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many firms promote cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra fees are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Excited buyers, eager to get underway, often ignore this small print when they instruct. Any additional costs found in terms of engagement should be reasonable and be applicable if your conveyancer is required to complete unexpected extra work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid should be included on your conveyancing quote

Q.

What issues help with guaranteeing fast conveyancing?

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The key to a fast transaction is to employing a communicative lawyer. When selecting a lawyer, you should ask yourself the following: Do they offer 'instant' online quotes? Do they use email? Do they order searches immediately?

Q.

When should you instruct a solicitor to act for us?

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Simply, as soon as possible. Some groups advocate holding off instruction until an offer has been firmly agreed, but opting to delay can jeopardise your sale or purchase.

Q.

Is Avonmouth soil likely to be contaminated by beryllium?

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There are considerable regulations to limit top-soil contamination. The local authority for Avonmouth will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

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Myself and my partner are buying in Avonmouth. Can I find out if the building is in a conservation area?

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With 9300 such areas listed in England, the streets and neighbourhoods around Avonmouth include a range of conservation areas. These restrictions can make repairs more costly or time-consuming, but the benefits include protection against unsympathetic development. Your property solicitor will be able to provide more details.

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I am intending to purchase a home in the parish of Pitchcombe. Will a chancel search be necessary?

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Whether you are buying a home in Avonmouth or elsewhere in the county, the property lawyer may suggest that a chancel search is ordered. In Avonmouth's much older areas, chancel repair has the potential to be charged on the owners of a home where Parochial Church Councils have previously chosen not to do so. For property in the parish of Pitchcombe, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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Where can we find out more data the status of the conservation areas in Avonmouth and Avonmouth?

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Following a campaign, English Heritage have assembled a list of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas in Avonmouth and throughout England. Conservation areas in Avonmouth, like upkeep of paths, addition of hard standings to the front of properties or billboards are handled by the local authority (Bristol).

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Does our professional conveyancing solicitor in Avonmouth report back to me about the cost of the council tax on a Band E townhouse before exchange of contracts?

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The solicitor will liaise with the Bristol local authority to reveal the applicable council tax charges which will then be detailed in the report on title.

The latest council tax rates for residents of Avonmouth are tabled on the Bristol council site. As of 10 January 2013 rates are:

  • Band A - £1,047.00
  • Band B - £1,221.00
  • Band C - £1,395.00
  • Band D - £1,570.00
  • Band E - £1,919.00
  • Band F - £2,267.00
  • Band G - £2,616.00
  • Band H - £3,140.00

 
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