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Conveyancing in Balham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/07/17

Intending to moving to Balham? Some handy Balham public service facts -

Balham's closest airport is London City Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 14 miles, London Heliport Airport is 3 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 15 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 20 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 20 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 13 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 14 miles, Elstree Airport is 17 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 11 miles away and Balham's closest train station is Balham at 1 mile s.

The nearest hospital for Balham is Springfield University Tooting Bec.

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How do we find the best rates for conveyancing in Balham for a £489,000 house?

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The confusion over this issue catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many conveyancers promote supposedly cheap conveyancing quotes. However extra fees will be included in the terms and conditions that buyers often do not check. Any additional fees listed in terms and conditions ought to be fair. They only apply in cases where the conveyancer is required to complete unexpected extra work for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes offer a clear statement of your solicitors fees for a standard purchase or sale.

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What type of fact finding in connection with the risk and history of a flood in Wandsworth will a lawyer in Balham report back to us on?

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A key component in the legal procedure involves a conveyancer applying for property environmental searches that go into details about the potential Balham flood risk. A significantly more detailed flood history/risk search, such as the Landmark search, could possibly be suggested by the conveyancing solicitor in Balham if the results of the initial searches show that there is flood risk to the property. At the time of writing (06/01/13) reports on the Environment Agency flood reports website do not show any flood warnings in the Balham area.

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What are the alternatives if we acquire a home within a Wandsworth planning authority designated conservation area ?

Part of the legal process includes carrying out searches of Wandsworth council to confirm conservation area status and the required consent for alterations. In the absence of any appropriate consents the solicitor will inform you of the alternatives which include getting from the appropriate local authority or purchasing an indemnity insurance policy.

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How much can the searches be?

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The cost of Balham searches varies somewhat, and will be dependent on your lender's requirements. Additional searches your solicitor may recommend include a commons registration search.

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We are buying on a new development ex-industrial site. What should we do regarding caesium (Cs) soil contamination?

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Regulations have been passed to control pollution, waste, water and chemical contamination. The local authority for Balham will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

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Will a conveyancing solicitor in Balham order any searches on the London Sixties end-of-terrace cottage I want to buy?

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If you are getting a mortgage, your lender requires you to at least the following for properties in Balham: Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search and Environmental and occasionally specific local Balham searches, which might include CON326.

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In 2 months we are expecting to be moving out of our semi detached home on the outskirts of Balham into a property in Battersea , at what point to select a home removal company?

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We usually suggest that you put off until the point where exchange of contracts because a move date wont have been scheduled. A portion of residential removals firms might charge a change of date fine

Local firms include Ducane Removals, The Basement/Balham Gr, London, SW12 8AY Telephone: 020 8769 0055 or Silver Arrow Movers, Lucien Rd, London, SW17 8HS on 020 8682 2738.

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When my partner and I are buying close to a 1300s glebe in Balham, will we need to get a chancel search?

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Property owners in a neighbourhood near older church buildings may be required to subsidise repairs. This is referred to as chancel repair liability. Liability has the potential to impact the value of a Balham property, but an indemnity policy may be available to protect the new owners. A conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary, and recommend suitable insurance. Balham church lands where a chancel search may be appropriate include Hill, The Ascension and St Mary.

 
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