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Conveyancing in Carlisle Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/07/17

Pertinent local Carlisle transport and services information -

As reported by the UK census Carlisle has a residential population 318,244 spread over an area of 511,323 hectares (1,263,505 acres) meaning a population density of 0.6 people per hectare (0.3 per acre).

The nearest airport to Carlisle is Carlisle Airport (6 miles). The nearest station to Carlisle is Carlisle, approximately a mile away.

Motorists are well catered for with Carlisle ideally situated with good motorway access very close at under 2 miles off the M6 Junction 43 Southbound.

Abbey Caldew Carlisle hospital is relatively close to Carlisle.

Q.

I am trying to find discount conveyancing in Carlisle. How do we get a quote?

A.

Many law firms promote cheap conveyancing quotes, but additional costs are frequently hidden in the terms of engagement that property buyers and sellers often do not check. Additional charges included in terms and conditions needs to be fair and only be applied if the solicitor must complete work beyond standard conveyancing for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

Q.

We have found a number of handbooks all about by passing the solicitor for example How to Buy Your First Home (And How to Sell it Too) by Phil Spencer. Do we have to use Carlisle conveyancer for my home move?

A.

There is absolutely no reason why a home seller cant complete the legal work without the help of a skilled Carlisle conveyancing solicitor. In reality however, a lawyer is familiar with a long list of skilled tasks ranging from chasing any missing replies/clarifications to enquiries or investigating title documents some of which need experience. More importantly do it yourself conveyancers do not have suitable professional indemnity insurance which practicing lawyers must get.

Q.

What average time will it take my solicitor to exchange all of the legal work for a detached home?

A.

The legal process can take anywhere between a month and 3 months, which can be hampered by various factors e.g. the speed of the vendor's conveyancer, or the length of the chain. Our conveyancing solicitors in Carlisle are extremely focused on pushing transactions through, completing the legal process as promptly as achievable.

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Is there anything we are supposed to do to make our Carlisle conveyancing faster?

A.

Primarily, contacting a proactive and experienced solicitor is the key to a fast conveyancing transaction. That said, there are a number of things you, as the buyer, can also do to speed up the process. These include:

  • requesting regular updates from your solicitor and keep the pressure on
  • promptly completing and return any forms
  • arranging any finances require to complete the purchase

Q.

We are buying on a brownfield site. Is the soil likely to remain contaminated by waste minerals like rubidium (Rb)?

A.

The risks posed by soil contamination to Carlisle inhabitants are usually low. The local authority for Carlisle will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

Q.

How do we protect ourselves from gazumping?

A.

This happens when a property seller agrees to an offer, then rejects it, choosing instead a higher offer. It could happen only days prior to exchange. There is almost always a risk of being gazumped. Instructing a solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer should help to mitigate this risk.

Q.

Will my Carlisle lawyer report back to me about the cost of council tax on a Band G building before exchanging contracts?

A.

Your lawyer will consult with the governing council to ascertain the currently applicable council tax band and rates, which will subsequently be detailed in the title report. Up-to-date charges for Carlisle are listed online at the Carlisle council website. On (26 September 2012) the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,046.00
  • Band B - £1,220.00
  • Band C - £1,394.00
  • Band D - £1,568.00
  • Band E - £1,917.00
  • Band F - £2,266.00
  • Band G - £2,614.00
  • Band H - £3,137.00

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If we are buying a flat conversion near a 1600s rectory manor in Carlisle, is it recommended to get a chancel search?

A.

Chancel liability repair costs can run into £100,000s, which owners of affected property will be compelled to pay on demand to the Carlisle Church council. Insurance may be available to protect a buyer should a Carlisle Parochial Church Council enforce liability. Church properties in the area include St Aidan, St Herbert and St Stephen, St Luke and St Mark.

 
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