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Conveyancing in Bridport Q & A's

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Updated: 17/07/17

Buying a home in Bridport? Useful local Bridport travel and public service facts and figures -

Bridport's closest airport is Exeter International Airport. The closest train station to Bridport is Maiden Newton.

Bridport Community is a relatively close hospital.

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I am trying to find the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Bridport. What is included?

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The confusion over this point catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many law firms purport to offer theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes. However additional costs may be added into the small print. Any charges which are listed in terms of engagement should be fair and clearly defined. Applicable disbursements ought to be listed on your quote. We provide quotes, not estimates, and clearly state the fees for a standard conveyancing.

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How do I get out of paying out for SDLT?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax is payable for property purchases over 125,000 pounds. Stamp duty avoidance should not be considered when purchasing in Bridport, as such schemes are often uneconomical and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later meaning that the full stamp duty amount will be payable.

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Is a home buyers survey necessary when we are purchasing a home in Bridport?

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It is strongly advised that all buyers in Bridport book a house surveyor to undertake a survey. There can be many defects that will impact a property, which a conveyancing solicitor will not report on. These include blocked drains.

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Do you need a chancel search? We are buying close to a rectory manor in Bridport.

The result of a landmark case 10 years ago reaffirmed that 'lay impropriators' of property must contribute towards the cost of church repairs. Following a change in the law, interest over any affected land in Bridport must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search. Churches in this area include St Mary.

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We have a found a freehold property to buy. How do we organise a fast exchange and completion?

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It is well established that contacting a proactive, diligent solicitor is essential to fast conveyancing. Ask these questions when identifying your conveyancer:

  • Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication?
  • Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?
  • Will they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis?

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Is gazumping frequent in Bridport?

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This describes when a property seller accepts an offer, only to later dismiss it in favour of a greater offer. It could occur weeks into a purchase. Though being gazumped is uncommon when property prices are falling, there is still a risk. To reduce the likelihood of being gazumped, consider instructing your property solicitor as soon as possible.

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The home being purchased is on a former industrial site. Could the topsoil be contaminated by industrial waste like vanadium (V)?

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With the history of industry in parts of Bridport, soil contamination is inescapable. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Bridport, including local authorities.

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What can contaminate land in Bridport. Are these thoroughly investigated?

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Numerous of contaminants caused by environmental factors may potentially impair residential property in Bridport . Contaminants including coal mining should be considered as part of the appropriate search. Contamination can be caused by Bridport waste sites, including Land/premises At, Shipton Lane, Dorset, DT6 4LJ.

 
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