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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/17

Local Berkhamsted attractions

Hawridge Bucks Windmill, Berkhamsted Castle English Heritage and Ashridge Historic Houses Association are in the vicinity of Berkhamsted.

Luton Airport is 12 miles from Berkhamsted. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 21 mile s, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 21 mile s, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 22 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 16 miles, Elstree Airport is 13 miles, White Waltham Airport is 20 miles and Booker Airport is 15 miles away. Berkhamsted's closest station is Berkhamsted.

The neighbouring hospital for Berkhamsted is Hemel Hempstead General.


How do we find the best rates for conveyancing in Berkhamsted for a £250,000 house?


The confusion over this matter catches out many sellers and buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors advertise so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Unfortunately extra charges can pad the solicitor's invoice. Your quote should list any disbursements.The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.


Should we get a chancel search if I am intending to buy in the parish of Aldbury, near Berkhamsted?


A conveyancing lawyer could advise a chancel search, irrespective of the parish in which the property being purchased is found. Chancel repair dues can be collected on the current owners of a property where church councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners. For property in the parish of Aldbury, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.


The internet has an increasing number on and offline manuals giving details on do it yourself conveyancing. Do I therefore want to use a property solicitor in Berkhamsted ?


Technically there is no reason why you cannot decide to undertake the bulk of the your own conveyancing unaided.

However, a Berkhamsted property solicitor carries out a long list of activities ranging from liaising with the insolvency office for k15 entries and the Land Registry formalities which need a skilled professional.

In any event however, solicitors practices are required by the SRA to carry indemnity insurance to shield you in the event of any errors made by the lawyer.


The Berkhamsted property being bought is on a brownfield land. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste like antimony (Sb)?


Restrictions exist to control soil contamination, but some will remain in the environment for decades. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Berkhamsted, including local authorities.


Does your company look after the conveyancing for property auction properties in Berkhamsted?


Yes - Our company is accustomed to working with buyers and sellers at auction. Very often more complicated to convey buildings are bought in auctions which necessitate extenedbefore exchange. Lawyers therefore strongly encourage buyers to choose an experienced property conveyancing lawyer well before the day of the auction to give enough time for a detailed investigation of the sellers pack.

Following the auction day itself your lawyer will be ready for finishing the conveyancing in a as tight time frame as typically required .


Would the home's fixtures and fittings form list a dishwasher?


In the main, fixtures are fixed items, such as radiators to walls, floors or ceilings and cannot be easily removed and fixtures are free-standing. For many purchases, this is not considered, hence the importance of a complete fixtures and fittings form, agreed by both parties.


I am going to be moving out of our semi detached property just outside Berkhamsted into our new property in Bedmond when to book a home removal firm?


Most property lawyers will recommend that home sellers hold off arranging removals until such time as formal exchange of contracts as prior to this typically an actual moving date wont have been firmed up.

Usually removals firms might impose a rearrangement fee

There are many local and national companies including Dell S & Sons Ltd, Canalside/North Bridge Rd, Berkhamsted, HP4 1EG Phone: 01442 863959 or Dell S And Sons Ltd, Unit 1 Canalside North Bridge Road, Berkhamsted, HP4 1EG Tel: 01442 863959.


Please explain why the conveyancing process takes so long?


The legal work involved in buying or selling Berkhamsted property may be held up, we, however, understand how unnecessarily stressful these delays can be and endeavour to curtail the cost of these delays wherever feasible.