What are the benefits of an online solicitor against a high street firm?
Many commentators and bloggers have suggested that you get so much more from online conveyancers because they have access to state-of-the-art applications to manage their cases and use the latest communication technology.
However, there is nothing stopping high street conveyancing firms from adopting such technology. And they will have a wealth of experience and knowledge of the local area that they can bring to bear on your transaction.
It all comes down to what they offer and how they go about their business. You should get a selection of quotes and read through the terms and conditions in detail to understand the comparisons between what they offer and how much they are going to charge you for the service.
If you choose Homeward Legal, you not only get an experienced proactive solicitor but also access to the latest technology and local knowledge. Call us now on 0800 038 6699 to find out more.
Will my assigned Byfleet conveyancing solicitor report back to me about the cost of the council tax for a Band E townhouse before completing on the purchase?
Your solicitor will consult with the Elmbridge local authority to enquire about the current council tax band and rates, which will be written in the conveyancer's title report. Council tax rates for properties in Byfleet are set out online at the Elmbridge council site. At the time of writing on 13 March 2013 band rates are:
- Band A - £1,035.00
- Band B - £1,208.00
- Band C - £1,381.00
- Band D - £1,553.00
- Band E - £1,898.00
- Band F - £2,243.00
- Band G - £2,588.00
- Band H - £3,106.00
The property being purchased is on a ex-industrial use land. Could the top-soil be contaminated by industrial waste like strontium (Sr)?
Some metal contamination may have occurred throughout Byfleet, but an area will only be identified as 'contaminated land' if the risk to human life or the environment is deemed unacceptable. Environment search results will factor contaminants, including metals and others such as water contaminants such as sewage and trichloroethylene.
We are completing in August. What will be calculated for Stamp Duty Land Tax rates?
The Stamp Duty owed is based on the house or flat's value. For a home worth £949000, stamp duty is £37960 (correct March 2013).
How can conveyancing for a sale have so many delays?
Conveyancing in Byfleet may be exposed to significant delays even where there is no chain. The delays may be out of your solicitor's control. Homeward Legal know how stressful these delays can be and do our best to reduce the cost of these delays wherever reasonable by chasing for prompt responses.