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Conveyancing in Consett Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/01/18

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.

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

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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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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.

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Is molybdenum contamination regularly identified in Consett soil?

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Most soils in Consett have some degree of contamination, from agriculture or industry. Metal contamination of soil in Consett is more likely to occur near ex-industrial sites or ex-landfills. Data on other contaminants, like chlorinated solvents and groundwater contaminants like solvents, will also be included in an environmental search.

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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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Which local authority is responsible for Consett?

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Consett is located in Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL, contact: 0300 123 7070

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How is Consett contaminated land checked when purchasing?

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Numerous of contaminants caused by environmental factors may ruin Consett property, and an environmental search should reveal if a property may be affected by contaminants including hazardous and regulated installations. Contamination can be caused by local waste sites, including Broadoak Quarry, County Durham, DH8 9.

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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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What will the Consett conveyancing lawyer recommend if the house we are buying is situated in a County Durham planning authority conservation area and has ill-suited dormer windows fitted?

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County Durham council Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search conducted by your Consett conveyancing solicitor as part of the conveyancing will determine whether the Consett property a designated conservation area and any evidence of the appropriate permissions for changes to the property will be requested. In the event that no local authority consents be produced, your Consett conveyancer will give you professional advice on the options for example requesting an indemnity policy or getting retrospective approval.