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Conveyancing in Axminster Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/04/17

Are you planning to moving to the Axminster area? Pertinent regional public service information -

Axminster's closest airport is Exeter International Airport. and Axminster's closest station is Axminster.

Axminster is a nearby hospital to Axminster.


How do I find a cheap solicitor in Axminster for purchasing a new build home?


Various conveyancers offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing'. However extra charges may be added into small print. Busy, stressed buyers ignore these terms at their peril. A quote should state the disbursements to be paid. Any extra costs should be fair. They be applicable if your lawyer is required to complete extra work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.


What are 'fixtures and fittings'?


Purchasers are frequently confused by the lack of detail regarding fixtures and fittings. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction.


When I am purchasing in Axminster, do I need to get a search for chancel liability?


Chancel repair liability can require some residential property owners to contribute towards the cost of upkeep of churches. As a result of the Land Registration Act 2002, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search. Axminster Church of England properties which may give rise to chancel liability include Holy Cross and St Mary.


Does Axminster include any areas of conservation?


These areas indicate local areas defined as being of historic or architectural significance. You may wish to contact the local authority for further information, but your lawyer will address this during the house-buying process.


How much can our searches be?

Searches in Axminster ranges in cost, depending on the particular searches ordered. Searches are disbursements paid to a third party, and are not included in the quoted conveyancing fees.


Will the report on the property's title compiled by the Axminster conveyancing solicitor detail the amount of the council tax for a Band G building before exchange of contracts?


A lawyer will contact the relevant West Dorset local council to discover the currently applicable council tax band and rates, which will subsequently be added to the conveyancer's title report. The latest tax rates for Axminster are tabled online at the West Dorset local authority website. On (28 June 2012) band rates are:

  • Band A - £1,069.00
  • Band B - £1,247.00
  • Band C - £1,425.00
  • Band D - £1,604.00
  • Band E - £1,960.00
  • Band F - £2,316.00
  • Band G - £2,673.00
  • Band H - £3,207.00


We are buying a 1930s property in a designated conservation areas, how do I uncover more information in regards to the state of repair?


Following a campaign, English Heritage have created records of the state of repair of conservation areas. Local Axminster conservation areas are specified by the local West Dorset planning authority, who preside over everything from building materials to rundown streets.


Is Homeward Legal experienced enough to complete fast property auction conveyancing in Axminster?


We are auction specialists and regularly act for bidders at auction. Our highly qualified solicitors have been instructed by many bidders at regional residential property auctions that include Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Very often unusual auction lots e. g. thatched cottages are included in auctions and these necessitate extra exploration by the property lawyer Conveyancers therefore advocate buyers at auction to select a conveyancing firm in advance of the date of the auction to allow enough time for a thorough investigation. After the auction day itself your chosen property conveyancing lawyer is focused on concluding the purchase in 28 days as typically required .