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Conveyancing in Chatteris Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/04/17

Practical local Chatteris transport and services facts and figures ;

Chatteris's nearest station is Manea and Chatteris's closest airport is Cambridge City Airport.

Princess Of Wales Ely is the closest hospital for Chatteris.

Q.

How can we ensure our cheap quote is fixed? I am looking for a fixed rate conveyancing quote in Chatteris.

A.

Lack of clarity over this topic catches out many buyers and sellers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many firms claim to offer theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes, however additional charges can inflate the solicitor's invoice. Any fees listed in the small print should be fair and reasonable. A quote should, in addition, define any disbursements.Homeward Legal quotes offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

Is a home buyers survey advisable when we are purchasing a house or flat, regardless of its age?

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It is advised that purchasers instruct a property surveyor. It is a fact that there are a range of defects that have a negative impact on a property. These can include ground movement and settlement, and issues such as these are not likely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.

Q.

How early is it appropriate to arrange a solicitor?

A.

The straightforward answer is, instructing as early as possible is better. Instructing your solicitor earlier for a purchase may mean that you will the details of your Chatteris solicitor ready when you make an offer, or, if you are selling a property, paperwork can be prepared, even before a buyer is found.

Q.

Does my Chatteris conveyancing solicitor tell me about the cost of council tax on a Band A townhouse prior to exchange of contracts?

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The property solicitor will approach the Fenland local authority to ascertain the most up to date council tax charges which will then be included in the report on title.

Up-to-date rates for homes in Chatteris are set out online at the Fenland council website. At the time of writing (25 December 2012) rates are:

  • Band A - £1,053.00
  • Band B - £1,229.00
  • Band C - £1,405.00
  • Band D - £1,580.00
  • Band E - £1,931.00
  • Band F - £2,283.00
  • Band G - £2,634.00
  • Band H - £3,160.00

Q.

In a few months we are shortly going to move from our semi detached residence near Chatteris into a larger maisonette in Werrington . What is the right point to choose a removal company?

A.

We would tend to encourage home buyers and sellers delay arranging removals until the point where contracts have exchanged as in advance of this the firm date will not have been scheduled.

The greater majority of home removals companies add a rearrangement cost . For a local Cambridgeshire company A Better Move, 27 High St, Chatteris, PE16 6BQ Call: 01354 695698.

Q.

Environmental searches are standard procedure for home buyers but with recent events such as the Met Office warning of more intense rainfall in the future are they the best way to advise on sufficient information about the changing Chatteris flood risk?

A.

Conveyancing searches conducted by the conveyancing solicitor in Chatteris should include the more rigorous search (Landmark) if it is felt necessary.

You can also converse with a local resident for some further information or local Cambridgeshire flood damage business, e.g. Three Counties Building Services, 1 Wood St, Chatteris, PE16 6LF Tel: 07737 474565.

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The estate agent has named the property lawyer. Will it be cheaper to instruct them?

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It is not uncommon for agents to refer one or more conveyancing firms. These referrals should be compared against alternatives, as an agent may choose the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.

Q.

How much will the fees for my searches be?

A.

With Homeward Legal's conveyancing service, conveyancing clients are expected to pay no more than £249 for a standard search bundle. A conveyancing solicitor will order a bundle generally including a chancel liability search and a local authority search.

 
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