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Conveyancing in Bridgend Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/07/17

Buying or selling a property in the Bridgend area? Some useful local Bridgend public transport and services facts -

Bridgend's closest airport is Cardiff Airport (13 miles). Swansea Airport is 23 miles away. Bridgend's closest station is Bridgend at 1 mile s.

Bridgend is about 2m of Junction 36 Westbound of the M4.

The nearest hospital is Princess of Wales Bridgend.


We are looking for a cheap solicitor to own property. and what is included?


Many buyers and sellers seeking discount conveyancing are caught out by the lure of very low conveyancing rates. Many firms purport to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Often extra charges will be included in the terms of engagement. Your conveyancing quote should also state costs to be paid to third parties, such as the local authority, (disbursments).Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.


I have read about the flooding in 2012 I am concerned that flood searches may not be detailed enough?


Flood searches handled by the property solicitor in Bridgend will include the more thorough search (Landmark) if the risk warrants it.

If you are still apprehensive you can get in touch with a neighbour or local Wales flood damage builder try: Property Sprayers, Parc Lodge Bryntirion Hill, Bridgend, CF31 4DA Tel: 01656 663290.


How much can our searches be?


With Homeward Legal's conveyancing service, clients buying in Bridgend expected to pay at a maximum £249 for a standard search bundle. Searches are paid out to a 3rd party, and will not be included in a quote for solicitor's fees.


I want to complete on the legal process a leasehold flat within 28 days, are Homeward Legal fast Bridgend solicitors ?

Homeward Legal adopts a proactive approach to fulfilling conveyancing work for customers.

With Homeward Legal, solicitors endeavour to communicate through all parts of the buyer and seller chain and use the very latest productivity systems to complete the sale fast.


Would getting a property survey be required if we are buying residential property?


Homeward Legal advise that you book a property surveyor to perform a survey. A range defects will impact a property. These can include wet rot or cracks in walls, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.


The current owner appears to have fitted PVC windows on the flat in Bridgend which I think may exclude local conservation area guidelines


The conveyancing solicitor will carry out searches ascertain whether the property is inside a conservation area, and if so whether any alterations have required permission from the Bridgend planning authority.

If no authority consents be available your conveyancing solicitor will advise you of the best alternatives, which include obtaining an indemnity policy or requesting retrospective approval from the appropriate local authority.


Will a local Bridgend property lawyer carry out official or personal searches on my home purchase?


The conveyancing solicitor will make a recommendation as to the most appropriate type of search, depending on factors like local authority turnaround times. If personal searches are used a solicitor will try to find a local search company like Homeinfo UK Ltd t/a Search Direct South Wales, GWS Legal Services & BIRR Legal Services, ConveyIT House, 28 Coity Road, Bridgend, CF31 1LR Tel: 01656 651234 Fax: 01656 664010


Please advise how to bypass paying out for SDLT?


Homeward Legal do not recommend conveyancing clients get involved with any form of stamp duty scheme, as such schemes are highly expensive and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later meaning that the full stamp duty amount, interest and additional fines will be imposed. There have been several legal initiatives, such as higher thresholds for first-time buyers. You will be able to confirm your eligibility for any such active initiatives with your solicitor..