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Conveyancing in Colchester Q & A

When you buy or sell or a home in Colchester, you will have to instruct a lawyer to fulfil the conveyancing work for you.

The conveyancing team at Homeward Legal has many years’ experience of conveyancing in Colchester and around the county of Essex. Our pragmatic, proactive methodologies mean we complete your move in the shortest time possible.

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Colchester

  • By road: Colchester is served by the A12 and A120.
  • By rail: The nearest train station is Colchester.
  • By air: Clacton Airport is 16 miles, Elmsett Airfield is 20, while London Stansted Airport is 33 miles from Colchester.
  • Hospital: Essex County, Lexden Road, Colchester, CO3 3NB.
  • Council: Colchester Borough Council (www.colchester.gov.uk).
  • Attractions: Layer Marney Tower, St. Botolph’s Priory, Colchester Zoo, Wivenhoe Park, Firstsite, and Colchester Castle.

We need to find the cheapest conveyancing quote. And what is included in Homeward Legal’s quote?

Lack of transparency over conveyancing quotes catches out many buyers and sellers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many law firms claim to offer conveyancing quotes that appear cheap on the face of it. Often, additional costs can inflate your final invoice. These extra costs which are listed in the small print of the terms of engagement should be fair, transparent and reasonable. Homeward Legal’s online quote calculator will generate an accurate quote for your transaction. We never hide any costs or fees. Your Colchester conveyancing quote is a single, accurate fee for the legal expenses for your transaction. Or you could call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs.

We are likely to be finally moving from our detached home in Colchester to a larger property in Clacton-on-Sea in the next few weeks. What is the optimum stage to instruct a home removal firm?

Your solicitor would usually encourage you to delay the arrangement of removals until after exchange of contracts. This is because an actual move date won’t have been confirmed until then and you may have pay a rearrangement levy to the removals firm. There are many local and national companies including:

  • Anton's, 120 St. Andrews Avenue, Colchester, CO4 3AL (Tel: 07788 573359)
  • One Worldwide Ltd., 118 Communications House, 9 St. Johns Street, Colchester, CO2 7NN (Tel: 01206 865007).

To complete on our purchase ASAP, how do we organise a fast conveyancing process?

Most importantly, instructing a proactive and experienced solicitor, like our conveyancing team at Homeward Legal, is the key to moving the process on at a faster rate. Ask these questions when identifying your conveyancer:

  • Was there a delay delivering a quote?
  • Which communication methods do they use? Days can be wasted waiting for letters in the post which could be emailed or faxed.
  • Do they offer 'no move, no fee' protection? This can incentivise a faster transaction.
Homeward Legal communicate regularly by phone, email and fax with all those in the chain, and can provide a quick and clear quote using the quote calculator. Or call our team on 0800 038 6699 to organize a fixed-fee quote, reinforced by our ‘No Move, No Sale’ guarantee.

I would prefer to complete on the legal work on my freehold Colchester flat within 6 weeks. Are Homeward Legal fast conveyancing solicitors?

Our team at Homeward Legal adopts an extremely speed-focused plan of attack to fulfilling the conveyancing process for customers to meet the home-sellers’ and -buyers’ needs. Our lawyers’ approach to conveyancing is different from other firms: we use new, automated practice management systems. And we always allocate you a conveyancing property lawyer qualified to communicate with the total buyer and seller chain like mortgage lenders, to attain a fast exchange of contracts.

As the upshot of the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since records began, we are concerned that environmental searches won't be sufficiently thorough to identify the flood risk in Colchester?

Your appointed property lawyer will order a standard set of searches for the purchase of your Colchester property. Part of the process is a flood risk search, which may warrant the need for a more in-depth search (using Landmark) if the risk is deemed sufficiently high. If you remain concerned, it might be worth contacting a local resident or talking to a local Essex flood repair builder, like B. Barton, Poppinjay Clacton Road, Thorrington, Colchester, CO7 8JW (Tel: 01206 251850).

How long should it take our solicitor to exchange the legal work on an apartment in a Regency property in Colchester?

Getting contracts exchanged can take anywhere from 1 month to three months, but the duration is dictated by any number of factors (e.g. the efficiency of the sellers’ lawyer, or whether the property is freehold or leasehold). Our conveyancing solicitors at Homeward Legal are exceptionally results-driven with a view to you moving home as rapidly we can arrange it, without compromising our service.

If a contaminated plot is found in an environmental search in Colchester, can the soil be remedied?

If a property in Colchester has been identified as contaminated, remediation is possible in some cases, and a local expert firm like Oakley Turf Farms, Burrs Farm, Station Road, Frating, Colchester, CO7 7HH (Tel: 01255 886096) can provide more information.

My partner and I are planning to buy in Colchester. Can I find out whether the residence is in a conservation area?

Areas deemed to be of architectural or historical interest, such as historic transport links, will be designated as conservation areas. Distillery Pond, Boxted, Hythe, Wivenhoe, Lexden Village, Mersing, Dedham, and West Mersea are among the conservation areas in Colchester. Your solicitor will be able to provide more details, with regard to relevant conservation area restrictions in Colchester. Essex County Council provide conservation area information for the whole county on their website.

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