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Conveyancing in Bishopston Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/04/17

Bishopston area info

Westbury College Gatehouse National Trust Bristol St Paul Churches Conservation Trust and Bristol St John the Baptist Churches Conservation Trust are easily accessible from Bishopston.

Bishopston is about 1.5m of the M32 Junction 3 Northbound.

Bishopston's nearest airport is Bristol Airport. The closest train station to Bishopston is Montpelier, about a mile away.

The nearest hospital is Bristol, Redland Hill.


What are the best conveyancing rates for a £264,000 home?


Both high-street and online firms purport to offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Often additional costs are frequently hidden in the terms of engagement that unknowing buyers and sellers have not reviewed Third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid ought to be defined on any quote for conveyancing in Bishopston Additional fees should be fair and reasonable and only be applied if the lawyer must perform additional tasks , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the solicitors' fees, based on the property you are buying.


Would getting a survey be a good idea when we are purchasing a property in Bishopston?


It is advised that you arrange a RICS surveyor to undertake a survey. There can be a range of problems that can affect a property, which include wet rot.


How long should I expect it to take for our property lawyer to exchange contracts all of the legal work for the top floor of new build home we are buying?


The legal process can take anywhere between 1 month and 3 months, which can be affected by any number of factors e.g. the efficiency of the sellers solicitor, or the time taken to get a mortgage offer. Our highly solicitors are exceptionally focused on pushing transactions through exchanging as promptly as realistically possible.


How many lenders in Bishopston do you work with?


We can work with all the major lenders financing buyers in Bishopston. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Bishopston include Celtic Financial Services Ltd,

16 Gwelfor, Dunvant, Swansea, SA2 7NX, Mortgage Solutions, 3 Walter Rd, Swansea, SA1 5NE, and Isys Mortgages, First Floor/25 Station Rd, Llanelli, SA15 1AW.


The estate agent we're using in Orpington has put forward the conveyancing which they often use. Do I need to use this firm?


Your agent will usually refer a solicitors firm, however, these referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, including online or local firms, as there is a risk that an agent may choose whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the most appropriate choice.


Will the property solicitor in Bishopston report back to me about the cost of council tax on a Band A flat before completion?


The conveyancer will speak to the Bristol local council to ascertain the correct council tax rates, which will then be written in the conveyancer's title report.

Correct rates for homes in Bishopston are detailed at the Bristol local authority website. At the time of writing, 07 June 2012, rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £1,047.00
  • Band B - £1,221.00
  • Band C - £1,395.00
  • Band D - £1,570.00
  • Band E - £1,919.00
  • Band F - £2,267.00
  • Band G - £2,616.00
  • Band H - £3,140.00


The web is awash a growing number publications on the subject of DIY conveyancing for example House Buying, Selling and Conveyancing: How to Save Estate Agent and Solicitor Fees When Buying or Selling Property by Joseph Bradshaw and Georgia Bedworth. Do I actually need to instruct a Bishopston solicitor ?


In theory, there is no argument why a home seller cant take care of he conveyancing unaided.

That said, a lawyer is in charge of a huge array of functions e.g. checking contracts or maintaining constant communication with agents some of which need a skilled professional. Despite that legal practices will carry suitable indemnity insurance to safeguard you from any failures.


What should we do regarding copper (Cu) soil contamination in Bishopston?


Most soils in Bishopston have some degree of contamination, from industry, agriculture and the natural environment . Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including groundwater contaminants like oil and radioactive waste.