Conveyancing In Chertsey Q & A's
What can a Chertsey conveyancing lawyer do when the flat we are buying is situated in a conservation area and has conspicuous roof antenna added?
Your conveyancing solicitor should confirm whether your proposed purchase is affected by a designated conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have appropriate consent.
Is it easy to sell a house without using an estate agent?
It’s relatively straightforward to sell your own home without involving an estate agent, although you should be warned that it’s a time-consuming process (which is why agents set a certain fee to pay for their time in getting your home sold).
First you need to get a proper valuation of your home, which can be done by paying a chartered surveyor and registered valuer, or you can research the house prices in the area for similar properties to get an idea of how they are selling.
Once you are happy with the price, you can advertise the property (there are several free sites that allow you to do this). Legally, you’re required to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate for the property before putting it up for sale, so you’ll need to organize a registered energy assessor to create this for you. Then you can start arranging viewings and negotiate an agreed price with anyone who is interested.
We would recommend, however, that you sign up with an estate agent as they can do all the leg work for you. The key thing, though, is to understand their fees and rates before signing an agreement with them.
What is stamp duty and land transaction tax?
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is a proportion of the final sale price of a property payable to HMRC by the buyer. The current trigger threshold is for any property priced at £125,000 or over (unless you’re a first-time buyer, in which case you pay less or no tax for properties priced at less than £500,000). Your solicitor will handle the transfer of the tax as part of the final tasks on your conveyancing.
In Scotland, buyers have to pay Land and Buildings Transaction Tax and, in Wales, the Land Transaction Tax is triggered at properties priced over £180,000.
In all cases, the amount payable is based on a sliding scale as the price goes up as a proportion of that range added together than an overall flat tax amount or percentage. So, the higher the price goes up, the greater the amount of tax you have to pay.
What would the searches in Chertsey cost?
The cost of searches varies appreciably, depending on the particular searches ordered. They are charged at cost.
I am on a deadline and would like guarantee fast conveyancing, how can we speed things up?
Instructing a proactive lawyer is the key to a fast conveyancing transaction. When choosing a lawyer, : Will they order searches immediately? Was there a delay delivering a quote? Are phone, fax and email their preferred methods of contact
Which of the Chertsey lender panels are your solicitors members of?
Of lenders with local offices in or near Chertsey, Homeward Legal work in conjunction with most. Chertsey lenders and mortgage specialists include Xpress Mortgages, 13 High Rd, Byfleet, West Byfleet, KT14 7QH, Intelligent Financial Services Ltd, 28 Glebeland Gdns, Shepperton, TW17 9DH, and K C Financial, 3 Glebe Rd, Staines, TW18 1BX.