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Conveyancing in Bucknall Q & A's

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Updated: 15/07/17

Bucknall area information

The Potteries Museum & Art Galleries Aviation Museum and Wetley Rocks Cellarhead Environmental Centre are near to Bucknall.

Bucknall's closest train station is Stoke On Trent and Bucknall's nearest airport is Manchester Terminals 1 & 3 Airport (24 miles). Manchester Terminal 2 Airport is 25 miles away.

The closest hospital is Bucknall Stoke.


How do we identify a genuinely cheap fee? I am looking for affordable conveyancing.


This catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors purport to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing', however additional fees are often hiding in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Any disbursements must also be stated on a Bucknall conveyancing quote. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.


What is the council tax on a Sixties semi-detached Band C home in Bucknall?


You will be include your new house's band in the report on title. The latest council tax rates for residents of Bucknall are published online at the Stoke-on-Trent council site. As at, 04 August 2012, band rates are:

  • Band A - £952.00
  • Band B - £1,111.00
  • Band C - £1,270.00
  • Band D - £1,429.00
  • Band E - £1,746.00
  • Band F - £2,064.00
  • Band G - £2,381.00
  • Band H - £2,857.00


What can a Bucknall property solicitor advise if the house we are intending to buy is within a conservation are in Stoke-on-Trent council which has unsuitable PVC windows added?

Stoke-on-Trent planning authority LLC1 searches carried out by a solicitor in the process of the conveyancing will ascertain whether the property is within a conservation area proof of the appropriate permissions for additions to the property will be asked for.


How early should you instruct a solicitor in Bucknall?


In the vast majority of cases, earlier is preferable. Instructing a solicitor early for a sale can mean that paperwork can be prepared, even before a buyer is found, whereas if you are buying your offer may be taken more seriously if you already have a solicitor instructed.


What authority is obliged for logging the state of repair of conservation areas in Bucknall and Bucknall?


Local conservation areas are nominated by Stoke-on-Trent who are responsible for the state of the area including things like street clutter, non sympathetic doors and building materials. English Heritage maintain records of the state of repair of conservation areas.


Do you need a chancel search when we are buying close by a priory built in the 1200s in Bucknall?


In Bucknall, some owners can be required to subsidise upkeep of a church in the area. A chancel search confirms that such a liability exists. Liability is more common in some parts of the country. Your conveyancing lawyer can provide more details. Church properties in this area where a chancel search may be appropriate include S.Mary the Virgin and St Margaret.


Can you address how to get out of paying stamp duty to HM Revenue?


Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is generally payable for houses over £125,000. Homeward Legal do not recommend clients arrange any stamp duty reduction. Such schemes are often uneconomical and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed .


How many weeks should I expect it to take my lawyer to conduct the legal process on a terraced Thirties house?


It can take anywhere from one month to 3 months based on any number of things for example the speed of the seller's conveyancing solicitor, or whether the property is freehold or leasehold.

Homeward Legal's solicitors are very focused on communication you moving home as quickly as we possibly can.