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Conveyancing in Catford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/07/17

Useful regional travel and public service details:

The nearest airport to Catford is London City Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 20 miles, London Heliport Airport is 8 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 21 mile s, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 21 mile s, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 21 mile s, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 20 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 19 miles, Elstree Airport is 20 miles, Rochester Airport is 24 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 8 miles away. Hither Green train station is around 1 mile from Catford.

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Catford points of interest

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Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse, Eltham Palace English Heritage and Blackheath Old Dover Rd Library Art Gallery are easily accessible from Catford.

The neighbouring hospital for Catford is University Lewisham.

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We are trying to find a fixed rate conveyancing quote. What is included?

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This matter catches out many property buyers and sellers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors advertise supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Often extra costs may be added into small print. Any charges needs to be reasonable and be applied only where your solicitor must perform additional tasks on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Homeward Legal quotes offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Will charges for the conveyancing for our Catford move take into account any additional costs?

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No. Homeward Legal will never charge any hidden extra charges to buy or sell a home in Catford. Be aware that some solicitor do not give accurate quotes, only estimates, which they will not be required to adhere to.

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At what point do you need to speak to a solicitor?

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In simple terms, the earlier in the process you can instruct a conveyancing firm, the better, as the legal work can begin immediately. Instructing a solicitor early for a purchase enables your offer may be taken more seriously if you already have a solicitor instructed, or, if you are selling a property, relevant information can be sourced sooner (this is particularly true for leasehold properties).

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What factors can impact land in Catford. Are these thoroughly investigated?

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A wide range of contaminants caused by natural causes and human activities can quickly spoil residential property in Catford, and factors including other sources of contaminated land should be reported on during conveyancing searches.

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Will the Catford conveyancing solicitor conduct any searches on the London Edwardian mid terrace building I want to buy?

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If you are obtaining a mortgage the lender expects at least these searches - Local Authority, Drainage Search (Con29DW) and Environment Search as well as any area-specific searches for example Official Search of whole with priority.

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As a result of the Met Office projecting more intense rainfall in the future we are questioning whether flood searches may not be sufficient?

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A good Catford solicitor should always carry out property conveyancing searches if the environmental conveyancing searches spots a risk of flooding in Catford.

For extra history why not contact a future neighbour.

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What sort of scrutiny in respect to the risk and history of a flood at Lewisham will my Catford conveyancing solicitor report on?

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A key step in the legal process of purchasing a property involves a conveyancing solicitor applying for conveyancing searches that set out details with respect to Catford flood risk area data. A more thorough Lewisham database search, such as the Landmark search, could be recommended by a qualified Catford conveyancer if in the event that the enviro. search reveal any risk of flooding. On (02-Nov-11) there were no warnings around the at the Ravensbourne from Bellingham to Catford, Including Beckingham Place Park, London Borough of Lewisham

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Is it important that I get a chancel search? We are buying a house in Catford.

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Owners of property neighbouring churches must contribute towards repairs, where chancel repair liability exists. Insurance may be available to protect a buyer should a Catford Parochial Church Council enforce liability. Ecclesiastical properties in the area where a chancel search may be necessary include Perry Hill, St George, St Andrew the Apostle, St John the Baptist and St Laurence.

 
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