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Conveyancing in Consett Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/10/17

Relevant local Consett travel and services facts and figures -

The nearest station to Consett is Stocksfield and the closest airport to Consett is Newcastle Airport (14 miles).

Shotley Bridge Consett is a nearby hospital.

Q.

I am trying to find the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Consett. What should be watch out for?

A.

Many firms promote so-called cheap conveyancing quotes. However extra fees will be included in the small print. Busy, stressed buyers ignore these terms at their peril. Additional charges listed in the small print should be fair and clearly defined. The online quote calculator can generate an accurate statement of the legal fees for the property you plan to buy.

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We are purchasing a church rectory in Kyloe. Will a chancel search be needed?

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Whichever Consett parish you are purchasing in, a solicitor may suggest a chancel search. Chancel repair may be imposed on current owners of a home where church councils may have not done so in the past, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.

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Do I need to get a Homebuyer Report for the house purchase?

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It is suggested that buyers order an inspection. It is a fact that there are a range of problems that can negatively affect a property, which are not included in your mortgage lender's valuation. These include poor drainage.

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What do we need to calculate stamp duty tax?

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The Stamp Duty that is payable is calculated with reference to a small range of considerations, including the value of the house or flat, and whether it is in a 'disadvantaged area'. On a £1158000 house, stamp duty will be £57900.

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I am purchasing a building in Consett. Are there any designated conservation areas in the area?

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With around 9,000 areas of conservation across the country, the neighbourhoods around Consett will include numerous areas of 'special architectural and historic interest' recorded as protected. You may wish to contact the local council if you have specific questions, but your solicitor will address this during the house-buying process.

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When is it appropriate to instruct a solicitor to act on our purchase?

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In simple terms, earlier is preferable. Instructing your solicitor sooner can limit the risk of your transaction aborting.

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How much does the searches in Consett cost?

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The cost of searches will vary, depending on the particular searches ordered. They are paid out to a 3rd party.

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In what ways can a property lawyer in Consett advise us on the potential risk of possible flooding in Consett for an investment property I am intending to buy?

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A qualified conveyancing lawyer will conduct official property conveyancing searches that should include Consett historical flood risk information. Also as an additional measure the solicitor in Consett will often advise a more detailed (e.g. Homcheck) detailed flood search.