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Conveyancing in Cookham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/04/17

Handy regional travel and public service details -

The closest train station to Cookham is Cookham, approximately 1 mile away. The closest airport to Cookham is White Waltham, Waltham Rd Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 13 miles, London Heliport Airport is 24 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 12 miles, Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 20 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 14 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 13 miles, Elstree Airport is 18 miles, White Waltham Airport is 5 miles, Blackbushe Airport is 18 miles and Booker Airport is 6 miles away.

St Marks Maidenhead is the neighbouring hospital for Cookham.

Q.

How do we find the best rates for conveyancing for a £393,000 house?

A.

Many online and high street conveyancers offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Unfortunately extra fees can increase your final invoice. A conveyancing quote must also state costs to be paid to third parties, such as the Land Registry, (disbursments).Homeward Legal quotes are not estimates, and offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

When I am buying on the same road as a 14th Century rectory in Cookham, would you recommend that we get a chancel liability search?

A.

There are fifteen thousand Church of England and Church of Wales parishes throughout England and Wales. Owners of property within some of these may be required to contribute towards the cost of the repair of a local church. Indemnity policies can be arranged if chancel liability is likely to be enforced. A solicitor will be able to advise further. Churches in Cookham include Holy Trinity.

Q.

We are buying on a ex-industrial site. Could the topsoil be contaminated by industrial waste like vanadium (V)?

A.

There are laws imposed to stop future soil contamination. Metal contamination of soil in Cookham is more likely

to occur near landfill sites. Data on other contaminants, like groundwater contamination, will also be included in an environmental search.

Q.

What is the council tax on a converted Band C house in Cookham?

A.

You will be give information your new house's band in the conveyancing report on title. Correct rates for residents of Cookham are tabled on the Wycombe council site. At the time of writing, 02 January 2013, rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £972.00
  • Band B - £1,133.00
  • Band C - £1,295.00
  • Band D - £1,457.00
  • Band E - £1,781.00
  • Band F - £2,105.00
  • Band G - £2,429.00
  • Band H - £2,915.00

Q.

As a consequence of the terrible flooding in the UK in April 2012 I am asking whether property conveyancing searches may not be sufficient?

A.

The Cookham solicitor will recommend that you get additional informative flood risk searches if the first searches spots a significant risk local Cookham flood risk.

It may be sensible to speak to a neighbour of the property to gain more assurance.

Q.

Do we need to get a building survey?

A.

Homeward Legal firmly suggest that most Cookham buyers book a RICS surveyor to carry out a survey when you intend to buy in Cookham. It is a fact that there are a wide range of defects which affect a property, that will not be addressed during the conveyancing process, for example cracks in walls or chimney defects.

Q.

How long on average will it take my designated conveyancing solicitor to complete the legal formalities on a flat in a house we hope to buy?

A.

It can take anywhere between one month and three months, which can be affected by a number of things for example the efficiency of the vendors lawyer, or the speed of your lender.

Q.

The estate agent we are using in Hanworth has put forward the solicitors firm. Is it a good idea to use this firm?

A.

It is common for estate agents to recommend a conveyancing solicitor, however, such referrals should be compared against alternatives, as some agents may 'recommend' whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the most suitable for you.

 
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