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Conveyancing in Chipping Sodbury Q & A's

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Updated: 25/04/17

Pertinent regional services information

The closest airport to Chipping Sodbury is Bristol Airport (17 miles). The closest train station to Chipping Sodbury is Yate.

Chipping Sodbury is approximately 3 miles off the M4 junction entry 18 Westbound.

Emersons Green, NHS Treatment Centre is the closest hospital.

Q.

How do we find low cost conveyancing in Chipping Sodbury?

A.

Many solicitors claim to offer cheap conveyancing, but extra fees will be included in the terms and conditions, left unread by preoccupied buyers and sellers Any extra charges found in terms and conditions should be fair and clearly defined. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the solicitors' fees, based on the property you are buying.

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When in the conveyancing process should I speak to a solicitor to act for us?

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With a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, the sooner the better. Prompt instruction of a firm to act for you on your Chipping Sodbury transaction for a sale enables prior to marketing the property, documents can be prepared to make it potentially more attractive to motivated buyers, whereas if you are buying your offer may be taken more seriously if you already have a solicitor instructed.

Q.

What would our searches on average cost?

A.

The cost of searches varies noticeably. Conveyancing searches are disbursements.

Q.

Is a postage, photocopying and phone calls fee a fee or disbursement?

A.

Fees and disbursements ought to be stated on your conveyancing quote, with no additional costs in the terms and conditions. This cost is a fee not a disbursement. It should be included in your quote.

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We are purchasing in Chipping Sodbury. How can we check that the residence is in a conservation area?

A.

Conservation areas qualify areas of architectural merit. Your property solicitor will be able to advise further.

Q.

Could our conveyancing fees for our Chipping Sodbury sale have any extra charges?

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Unfortunately, the practice of hiding extra costs in the 'small print' is quite common. Homeward Legal will not charge any extra, hidden costs. Some conveyancers give 'quotes' which are in fact estimates, which could be totally different to your final invoice.

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We are buying on a recently-developed brownfield site. Is aluminium soil contamination likely?

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Chipping Sodbury and the surrounding region has a legacy of chemical contamination. Also considering issues such as groundwater contaminants like industrial chemicals and insecticides, contaminants affecting Chipping Sodbury property will be factored into an environmental search.

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Does my assigned Chipping Sodbury conveyancing solicitor tell me about the amount to be paid of the council tax on a Band F property prior to exchange?

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The solicitor will liaise with the governing South Gloucestershire local authority to find out the latest council tax rates, which will then be included in the title report. Up-to-date rates for Chipping Sodbury are listed online at the South Gloucestershire council site. At the time of writing on 30 August 2012 the different rates are:

  • Band A - £1,023.00
  • Band B - £1,193.00
  • Band C - £1,364.00
  • Band D - £1,534.00
  • Band E - £1,875.00
  • Band F - £2,216.00
  • Band G - £2,557.00
  • Band H - £3,068.00

 
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