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Conveyancing in Buckden Q & A's

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Updated: 09/10/17

Some handy nearby transport and services facts ;

The nearest train station to Buckden is Huntingdon, around 3 miles away. The closest airport to Buckden is Cambridge City Airport.

Hinchingbrooke Huntingdon is the most convenient hospital.

Q.

How do I get the best rates for conveyancing in Buckden for a £252,000 house?

A.

The lack of clarity surrounding this point affects many buyers who opted for a very cheap quote, only to be stung later in the conveyancing process. Many firms advertise so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', however additional fees are often hiding in the small print. Any extra costs found in terms of engagement should be reasonable. They be applied only where the lawyer is required to complete extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Homeward Legal quotes are not estimates, and offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

Doing ones own conveyancing without the assistance of a Buckden property lawyer appears to be becoming possible as a buyer and seller of a house. However actually be foolhardy ?

A.

There is no argument why you shouldn't reasonably complete the legal work without the help of a proficient Buckden property solicitor.

However, a lawyer juggles a huge array of activities e.g. approving enquiries on searches and reading the lease most of which really need a skilled professional. More importantly DIY conveyancers will not have sufficient indemnity insurance which practicing legal practices will be covered by.

Q.

Is a postage, photocopying and phone calls fee a fee or disbursement?

Comparing quotes is not always straightforward, given the different terminology. This cost is a fee not a disbursement. It should be included in your quote.

Q.

The current owner looks to have added new windows on the home which may break Hythe conservation area rules.

A.

Huntingdonshire local authority enquiries conducted by a solicitor during the legal process should determine if the property is in a designated conservation area proof of planning consent for modifications will be requested.

Q.

Does my assigned Buckden conveyancing solicitor tell me about the cost of the council tax for a Band A house before exchanging contracts?

A.

A solicitor will contact the council to enquire about the latest council tax charges which will be set out in the title report. The correct charges for homes in Buckden are tabled at the Huntingdonshire council website. At the time of writing on 19 December 2012 rates are:

  • Band A - £1,013.00
  • Band B - £1,182.00
  • Band C - £1,350.00
  • Band D - £1,519.00
  • Band E - £1,857.00
  • Band F - £2,195.00
  • Band G - £2,532.00
  • Band H - £3,039.00

Q.

Our estate agent has put forward a lawyer. Is it a good idea to use this solicitor?

A.

Both agents and mortgage brokers may refer a conveyancer, however, such referrals should be compared against alternatives, such as local solicitors, or firms found online, as some agents may 'recommend' the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.

Q.

How is stamp duty measured?

A.

Stamp Duty is calculated based on the property's price. It is £52750 on a £1055000 home.

Q.

In regards to the fact that last year was second wettest year since records began, we are wondering if flood searches might not be detailed enough?

A.

A good Buckden conveyancing solicitor will recommend that you include property environmental searches if the standard searches spots a significant risk Buckden flooding risk.

Sometimes buyers speak to a neighbour or local resident for further insight.