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Conveyancing in Christchurch Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/17

Practical nearby transport and services information -

Christchurch's nearest airport is Bournemouth International Airport (4 miles). Southampton Airport is 24 miles and away and Christchurch's closest train station is Christchurch at 1 mile s.

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Christchurch area information

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Christchurch Castle and Norman House English Heritage and Bournemouth Aviation Museum Aviation Museum are in the vicinity of Christchurch.

The nearest hospital for Christchurch is Christchurch.

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How can we ensure our cheap quote is fixed? I need low cost conveyancing.

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Both high-street and online property lawyers claim to offer cheap conveyancing. Unfortunately additional fees are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms of engagement. This small print is often not read by homeowners in a hurry. Additional fees needs to be reasonable. We provide quotes, not estimates, and clearly state the fees for a standard conveyancing.

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My lender is Saffron Building Society, is there anything I need to check?

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Buyers should consider that, over the last two years, some lenders have reduced the number of firms on their approved panel, resulting in increased legal costs for buyers if their preferred solicitor cannot act for the lender. We can act for many lenders.

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What will the council tax cost me on a Forties Band F apartment in Christchurch?

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Your respective band should typically be given within the conveyancing report on title, and by the local council

The latest tax charges for Christchurch are set out online at the Bournemouth council site. At the time of writing, 26 October 2012, rates are:

  • Band A - £999.00
  • Band B - £1,166.00
  • Band C - £1,332.00
  • Band D - £1,499.00
  • Band E - £1,832.00
  • Band F - £2,165.00
  • Band G - £2,498.00
  • Band H - £2,997.00

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In 3 months we are intending to be finally moving from our semi detached property just outside Christchurch to our next flat in Bridport , at what stage to instruct a removals firm?

Most solicitors tend to recommend that sellers delay organising removals until after the contracts have exchanged as prior to this in all probability an absolute home moving date wont have been formally agreed. Some home removals firms add an additional a rearrangement penalty . Try Anywhere Removals & Transport, 5 Aston Mead, Christchurch, BH23 2SP Telephone: 01202 486077 or Leatherbarrows Removals Ltd, Building 105/Aviation Pk West, Hurn, Christchurch, BH23 6NW on 01202 495600.

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The web is awash a growing number very helpful resources all about doing your own legal work. Do I really want to use a Christchurch solicitor for my home move?

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Technically, there is no argument why a seller cant take care of he your own conveyancing on your own.

That said, a conveyancer is familiar with a huge number of actions e.g. chasing completion statements and interpreting management accounts which require a qualified solicitor. In addition firms and their solicitors are bound to carry the correct indemnity insurance to safeguard you from any failures.

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We are buying a restored chapel in the parish of Cheselbourne. Do we need a chancel search?

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Your solicitor may suggest that a chancel search is ordered, irrespective of the parish in which the property being purchased is found. Chancel repair has the potential to be charged on new owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) may have not done so in the past. In the event that chancel liability may apply, your solicitor might recommend insurance rather than pulling out of the purchase.

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Would arranging a Homebuyer Report be sensible when we are purchasing a property in Christchurch?

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It is firmly advised that you book an inspection when buying in Christchurch. Buyers should be aware that there are many concerns that can affect a property, that will not be addressed during the conveyancing process, which include corrosion of pipework and chimney defects.

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I am planning on buying a house in a designated conservation area in Christchurch, where does one uncover more data concerning the standard of repair?

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Local Christchurch conservation areas are created by the local Bournemouth planning authority, who police everything from building materials used to neglected buildings. English Heritage have conducted a survey and created records of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas.

 
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