By Frances Traynor
18th January 2018
"The team you can place confidence in throughout your home move."
If you are buying or selling your home, or perhaps wanting to release some equity, then you should instruct a conveyancing solicitor to complete the legal work.
Homeward Legal's property lawyers have many years of experience in Berkshire. Add that to our results-driven, speed-focused conveyancing methods and it means we complete the transaction in the shortest possible time.
Property lawyers who handle all the legal work for your sale or purchase for fixed conveyancing costs.
If for any reason your Berkshire house move does not complete you will not be charged any solicitors fees.
Using their local conveyancing experience, your solicitor will guide you along every step of the legal process.
No additional fees whatsoever.
By road: Berkshire is served by the M4, M25, M40, A4, A34, A338, A339, A404 and A417. By rail: The largest train stations in Berkshire are Ascot, Bracknell, Hungerford, Langley, Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading, Reading West, Sandhurst, Slough, Twyford, and Windsor and Eton Central. By air: Using Berkshire’s county town of Reading as the starting point, the closest airports are Blackbushe Airport (16 miles), Wycombe Air Park (19), TAG London Farnborough Airport (20), London Heathrow Airport (27), Northolt Jet Centre (33), London Oxford Airport (34), Elstree Aerodrome (46), and Southampton Airport (47 miles).
Hospitals (representative): Royal Berkshire, Craven Road, Reading, RG1 5AN West Berkshire Community, London Road, Benham Hill, Thatcham, RG18 3AS St. Mark’s, St. Mark’s Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6DU Wexham Park, Wexham Street, Wexham, Slough, SL2 4HL King Edward, St. Leonards Road, Windsor, SL4 3DP
Council: West Berkshire (www.westberks.gov.uk).
Attractions: Windsor Castle, Living Rainforest, Legoland, Forbury Gardens, Beale Park, St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Heritage Centre, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Windsor Great Park, Cliveden, Ascot Racecourse, Frogmore House, Shaw House, Donnington Castle, Runnymede, and Ray Mill Island.Q.
No. Homeward Legal will not charge any additional fees for any reason. A Homeward Legal conveyancing quote is an honest and accurate price for the legal costs for your transaction. For the best and clearest quote, why not try our quote calculator? Or, if you want to talk to someone, you could call our expert team on 0800 038 6699.Q.
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is generally due on houses bought for over £125,000. Although the duty can be quite high and worryingly steep, we at Homeward Legal firmly advise against any form of stamp duty mitigation scheme, as such schemes are often uneconomical and unreliable. The HMRC can review any SDLT mitigation scheme up to six years after your completion, and you might be liable to pay a penalty of up to 100% of the outstanding duty in addition to that remaining duty, which could mean a bill that runs into tens of thousands of pounds.Q.
Homeward Legal adopts a highly take-charge approach to carrying out legal work to suit a client’s timeframe. Homeward Legal’s panel of solicitors’ methods are different from other firms because we use the latest fast-response systems. Critically, we give you an expert solicitor incentivised to communicate through every part of the buyer and seller property chain, thus completing your transaction within our target of six weeks.Q.
There are a number of conservation areas located in Berkshire. Colnbrook, St. Bernard's School, Slough, and St. Mary's Church, Slough are among them. The local authority (West Berkshire Council) will be able to offer more information about the local conservation areas, and the solicitor handling your purchase will discuss the relevant responsibilities you would be taking on by purchasing in one of them.Q.
Government legislation exists to control pollution, waste, and water and chemical contamination. There are local and national bodies, which are empowered to continuously review the situation where such contaminants are concerned. For your purchase, though, your solicitor will order environmental searches as part of the standard conveyancing bundle. The results of these searches will be detailed in the report on title.Q.
For really fast conveyancing, it is essential to appoint an experienced and diligent conveyancing solicitor as early as you can in the transaction. When researching a solicitors’ firm to use, you should consider the following:
At Homeward Legal, because we offer a fixed-fee quote, matched with our 'No Completion, No Fee' guarantee, appointing a solicitor early in the process will not cost you any more than instructing one later. Our solicitors are chosen because of their proactive methods of working and their use of state-of-the-art conveyancing systems to allow a speedier completion of your move. Call our expert team on 0800 038 6699 to find out more.Q.
A key part of the legal due diligence procedure of purchasing a property involves your conveyancer conducting environmental searches that provide specific information on the subject of the historical flood-risk in Berkshire. If the level of risk is deemed significant, your solicitor may advise getting a more in-depth flood-risk search (like the one at Landmark). This is a disbursement and will be passed on to you at cost.Q.
The conveyancing process can take anywhere between one and three months. The length of time can be hampered by a number of factors, such as the speed of the seller's conveyancing solicitor, or the turnaround of searches. Our highly-motivated and -proactive solicitors are notably results-orientated, with a view to exchanging as rapidly as possible. To discuss your needs and to obtain your free, fixed-fee, 'No Completion, No Fee'-guaranteed quote, contact our team on 0800 038 6699.Q.
The judgement in a landmark case 10 years ago reaffirmed that 'lay rectors' of property must contribute towards church repairs. A number of sources are used to identify liability, including maps of Berkshire's parish boundaries.Q.
Stamp Duty will rely on the purchase price. It is £36920 on a £923000 property.Q.
As is widely reported, fast conveyancing is essential to is to use a experienced conveyancing solicitor. You should consider:
Conservation areas are designated by the local authority (Reading) who are responsible for conservation area concerns from building materials used to the prohibition of poorly maintained roads. English Heritage have assembled records of the state of repair of conservation areas in Berkshire and across England.Q.
Residential property can be contaminated by many natural causes. Contaminants including local waste transfer sites or overhead transmission lines will be reported on in environmental search results. Hermitage Farm, Bradley Court Road, Berkshire, RG18 9XZcould be a local cause of land contamination in Berkshire.Q.
Your agent will often endorse one or more conveyancing firms. However, if the agent is paid a fee by the solicitor, some agents choose the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.