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Conveyancing in Colliers Wood Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 13/10/17

Colliers Wood area information

Morden Hall Park National Trust and Wandsworth London Windmill are near to Colliers Wood.

Colliers Wood's nearest airport is London Biggin Hill Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 13 miles, London City Airport is 12 miles, London Heliport Airport is 4 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 14 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 18 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 18 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 12 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 14 miles, Elstree Airport is 18 miles and away. Haydons Road train station is about a mile from Colliers Wood.

The closest hospital to Colliers Wood is St Georges London.

Q.

Although there are lots of £99 fixed quotes online, how do we find a reputable one? I need to find low cost conveyancing in Colliers Wood.

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Many solicitors purport to offer cheap conveyancing quotes. Often extra fees may be added into the small print, left unread by preoccupied property buyers and sellers Any disbursements should also be clearly stated on the quote Costs which are listed in terms and conditions ought to be clearly defined.

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What average time will it take for my assigned conveyancing solicitor to carry out all of the legal work on a semi detached new build property we are buying in Colliers Wood?

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Completion can take anywhere between one month and twelve weeks, which can be hampered by any number of things, such as the speed of the vendor's conveyancing solicitor, or absent parties. Homeward Legal's property solicitors are extremely results-focused exchanging as soon we can.

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How much is the council tax on a residential converted Band C building in Colliers Wood?

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Usually a title report should cover the Merton council tax band. Up-to-date charges for residents of Colliers Wood are set out in detail at the Merton local authority site. Currently (18 December 2012) rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £942.00
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  • Band B - £1,099.00
  • Band C - £1,256.00
  • Band D - £1,413.00
  • Band E - £1,727.00
  • Band F - £2,041.00
  • Band G - £2,355.00
  • Band H - £2,827.00

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Colliers Wood conveyancing solicitors do some property if instructed to act for a purchase client - what actual ones?

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If you are obtaining a mortgage the lender will expect - Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environmental and occasionally area-specific searches for example Commons Search.

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If we plan to purchase near Colliers Wood, in the parish of Exbourne, do we need a chancel search?

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A conveyancing lawyer is likely to recommend a chancel search, regardless of the parish in which the house being purchased is located. Although some Parochial Church Councils have taken the decision to impose chancel repairs on new owners of affected property, there is no guarantee that a parish which has not imposed liability will not be so in future, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.

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What fact finding regarding the risk of a flood at Merton will the solicitor in Colliers Wood look over?

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A crucial step in the legal due diligence process of purchasing a property involves your lawyer making an application for conveyancing searches that give you some details on the risk of flooding in Colliers Wood. On (16-Jul-12) there were no warnings around the River Graveney at Tooting and Colliers Wood at the River Wandle Catchment in the London Boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton, Lambeth, Croydon and Sutton

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Would getting a home buyers survey be a good idea if we are buying a property, irrespective of its condition?

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It is recommended that all purchasers in Colliers Wood book an inspection. There are a wide range of defects which can affect a property, which will not be addressed during a property valuation, which include subsidence.

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Should we plan ahead for gazumping?

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This occurs when a seller agrees to a lower offer and later rejects it. Instead, they then go for a greater offer. Gazumping may happen even months into a transaction. The will be a danger of gazumping in any transaction, because offers are not binding until exchange of contracts. Consider instructing a proactive solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer to reduce the chance of your offer being gazumped.