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Conveyancing in Barnstaple 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 Barnstaple area? Useful nearby public transport and public service information -

Swansea Airport is 36 miles from Barnstaple. and the closest train station to Barnstaple is Barnstaple.

Barnstaple, North Devon District is the most convenient hospital for Barnstaple.

Q.

I need to find a solicitor that offers cheap conveyancing in Barnstaple. What should I check?

A.

Several firms promote cheap conveyancing quotes. However extra fees are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms. This small print is often not read by homeowners in a hurry.

Q.

Will our conveyancing solicitor in Barnstaple report back to me about the cost of the council tax for a Band F house before completing on the purchase?

A.

The property lawyer will speak to the governing North Devon local authority to ascertain the latest council tax charges which will then be set out in the conveyancing report on title. Correct rates for Barnstaple are set out in detail on the North Devon local authority site. On 03 January 2013 rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £1,040.00
  • Band B - £1,213.00
  • Band C - £1,386.00
  • Band D - £1,560.00
  • Band E - £1,906.00
  • Band F - £2,253.00
  • Band G - £2,599.00
  • Band H - £3,119.00

Q.

I am purchasing an extended investment property in a conservation area in Barnstaple. Where does one uncover more data about the standard of upkeep?

A.

English Heritage, a government body, keep records of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas.

Local conservation areas are designated by the local authority (North Devon) who oversee everything from private spaces to the impediment of rundown streets.

Q.

We plan to purchase a house in East Stonehouse. Should we get a chancel search?

A.

A property lawyer could recommend a chancel search, regardless of the parish in which the house being purchased is found. In older areas of Barnstaple, chancel repair has the potential to be imposed on new owners of a house where church councils have previously chosen not to do so. It is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

Q.

Barclays Bank is going to be our mortgage lender - is there anything I need to know?

A.

Recently, a number of lenders have reduced the number of firms able to act for them. Homeward Legal can act for all large lenders.

Q.

For fast conveyancing to buy a £767k house, what should we ensure to accelerate our conveyancing process?

A.

Key to fast conveyancing is to employing a proactive conveyancing solicitor. Furthermore, there are numerous things you could do. These include:

  • requesting status updates from the conveyancing solicitor regularly
  • promptly completing and return any forms
  • arranging your mortgage offer

Q.

In the next month we are going to be moving out of our period building near Barnstaple into a bigger dwelling in Torquay what is the optimum stage to appoint a removals firm?

A.

Your solicitor would tend to recommend that buyers and sellers wait until such time as exchange of contracts as in advance of this commonly a date will not have been confirmed. Commonly home removals firms charge a rearrangement penalty . Try Btstorage.co.uk, Bishops Tawton, Barnstaple, EX32 0EA Telephone: 01271 831003 or Craig Man & Van, Dairy Cottage/West Kerscott, Swimbridge, Barnstaple, EX32 0QA on 07788 997603.

Q.

If Barnstaple contaminated property is found in an environmental search, can the soil be inexpensively remediated?

A.

In Barnstaple, remediation is often feasible, although it can be expensive. Contact Turf n Topsoil, Chivenor Bus Park, Chivenor, Barnstaple, EX31 4AY for further information.

 
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