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Conveyancing in Barnes Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

Barnes area info

Wimbledon London Windmill, Chiswick House English Heritage and 7 Hammersmith Terrace Historic Houses Association are situated in Barnes.

Barnes's nearest train station is Barnes and the closest airport to Barnes is Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 10 miles, London City Airport is 13 miles, London Heliport Airport is 3 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 11 miles s, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 22 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 22 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 10 miles, Elstree Airport is 14 miles, White Waltham Airport is 23 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 15 miles away.

Barnes is roughly 2 miles of junction entry 1 Westbound of the M4.

The most convenient hospital to Barnes is Priory Roehampton.


Are additional fees applied? I need a fixed rate conveyancing estimate.


Many online and high street conveyancers claim to offer so-called cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately additional charges may be added into the solicitor's terms of engagement, left unread by preoccupied home owners Any extra fees which are listed in the terms should be clearly defined. The disbursements to be paid should be included on the conveyancing quote. Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.


I am intending to buy a house in North Audley Street. Is a chancel search appropriate?


Whether you are buying a home in Barnes or elsewhere in the county, the solicitor should confirm that a chancel search be ordered. Through some church councils have taken the decision to exact chancel repairs on the current owners of land subject to chancel liability, it cannot be guaranteed that a parish where repair costs have not been paid before, that this will not be so in future, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.


We have to get fast Barnes conveyancers, is that Homeward Legal?


Homeward Legal adopts a very active plan of attack to carrying out legal process for customers to meet the clients needs.

Homeward Legals lawyers approach to conveyancing is different - we use the very latest technology and document production systems .

We allocate property sellers a CQS lawyer incentivised to exert pressure with the complete property chain for example mortgage lenders, to achieve a quick completion.


Property environmental searches are standard procedure for home buyers but when one considers recent events e g the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since 1920 are they sufficient to determine enough about the Barnes future flood risk?


A diligent conveyancer in Barnes will carry out environmental searches if the enviro searches identifies any kind of risk of flooding in Barnes

For added assurance you could also try to speak to a local resident.


Will a report on the property's title prepared by the property solicitor in Barnes report on the applicable rates of council tax for a Band an apartment prior to contracts are exchanged?


Your property solicitor will consult with the appropriate local council to reveal the most up to date council tax charges which should subsequently be written in the conveyancer's title report. Up-to-date rates for properties in Barnes are published on the council site.


We are buying in Barnes. Are there many designated conservation areas in the area?


Conservation areas pinpoint areas of special architectural or historic interest. These restrictions can add to maintenance costs, but the benefits will include better maintained homes and gardens. Your solicitor will advise further.


Please advise how to hold off paying out for stamp duty tax?


Stamp duty mitigation is not recommended. These schemes are often uneconomical and , if a scheme is challenged, you can be fined up to 100% of the amount owed, in additional to the tax itself. There have been a small number of government initiatives, such as relief for buyers in 'disadvantaged areas', and your solicitor will advise if these may apply.


How much will our searches be?


With Homeward Legal's conveyancing service, clients are charged at a maximum £249 for Barnes searches.