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Conveyancing in Cornwall Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/04/17

Some useful local public transport and public service information -

Cornwall's nearest airport is Newquay Airport. Plymouth City Airport is 25 miles and away. Cornwall's nearest train station is Lostwithiel.

Bodmin is a nearby hospital.

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What are the best conveyancing rates for a £274k house?

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Many firms purport to offer cheap conveyancing, however additional charges are often hiding in the small print. Additional fees listed in the solicitor's terms needs to be reasonable and clear and only come into force where the conveyancer must complete work beyond standard conveyancing , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

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The estate agent we're using in West Sussex has suggested the property solicitor whom they usually use. Do I need to use them?

A.

If you opt for a solicitor referred this way, you may have the advantage of the agent being able to pressure a slow solicitor to work faster. Such referrals should be compared against alternatives, such as local solicitors, or firms found online, as an agent may select the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.

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For fast conveyancing on the purchase of a £466,000 house, what can we do to speed up the transaction?

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Crucial to fast conveyancing is to instruct a communicative solicitor. When selecting a solicitor, you should ask yourself the following: Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote? Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication? Are they 'no move, no fee'? This can incentivise a faster transaction.

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Regarding the widespread flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England, I am concerned that property environmental searches aren't sufficient?

A.

Conveyancing searches carried out by the conveyancer in Cornwall will include the more informative search (Landmark) if required.

If you remain apprehensive you can always consult one of your future neighbours.

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We have had a quote from you. Will there be any extra fees?

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No. Homeward Legal never charge any extra, hidden costs for standard conveyancing legal work. Some websites offer unrealistically low 'quotes' which are in fact estimates, which they will not be bound to.

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I have to exchange on the selling of my home inside 2 months - are Homeward Legal fast Cornwall conveyancers ?

A.

Our panel of solicitors adopt a completely active approach when fulfilling the transfer of title for customers to meet the home sellers needs.

Having invested in leading edge local authority and land registry integrated systems . We give you a qualified conveyancing property lawyer who will go the extra mile to communicate with the entire buyer and seller property chain for example solicitors, to achieve a fast exchange of contracts.

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We plan to buy a property in the parish of North Petherwin. Do we need a chancel search?

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A conveyancing solicitor might recommend that a chancel search be ordered. In Cornwall's much older areas, chancel repair has the potential to be charged on the current owners of a building where Parochial Church Councils may have spared previous owners or tenants. It is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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Is a survey required when purchasing property in Cornwall?

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It is firmly advised that the majority of buyers arrange a home buyer survey. There can be a wide range of defects which will impact a property, which are not included in your mortgage lender's valuation, for example roof spread.

 
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