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Conveyancing in Corsham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/10/17

Handy local public transport and public service facts and figures ;

The nearest train station to Corsham is Chippenham, about 4 miles away. Corsham's closest airport is Bristol Airport (23 miles).

Chippenham is a relatively close hospital to Corsham.

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How do I find the cheapest conveyancing solicitors?

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This point affects many home owners who opted for a very cheap quote, only to be stung later in the conveyancing process, and many firms purport to offer supposedly cheap conveyancing. However additional fees will be included in the terms of engagement, left unregarded by busy home owners A conveyancing quote must also state the disbursements to be paid.

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Which factors can affect land in Corsham. Are they a concern?

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Corsham property can be contaminated by a wide range of natural causes and human activities, and an environmental search should clarify to what extent a particular property is impacted by local contaminants such as local waste transfer sites.

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If I am buying in Corsham next to a 13th Century vicarage, is it important that I get a chancel search?

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Where land in Corsham was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to contribute towards the cost of repairs to nearby church property. Owners who have bought property prior to 2003 may be totally unaware that a liability exists if a chancel search was not carried out. Churches in the area include St Bartholomew.

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As a result of the flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England I am wondering if property environmental searches won't be thorough enough?

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A thorough lawyer in Corsham will advise you to include detailed flood risk searches if the environmental search flags up any kind of risk of flooding in Corsham.

Sometimes buyers also contact a future neighbour to get added assurance.

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My local agent has named the lawyer. Will it be cheaper to use them?

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If you instruct a solicitor through this route, you may have the advantage of the agent being able to induce a slow solicitor to work faster. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, an agent may choose whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the best solicitor for your needs.

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Do I need to get a homebuyer report?

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It is highly recommended that Corsham property purchasers book a property surveyor. Buyers should be aware that there are a wide range of defects which can negatively affect a property, that a solicitor will be unable to address, including ground movement.

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For a fast conveyancing process on the purchase of a £646,000 home, what can we do to speed up the process?

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As is widely reported, fast conveyancing is key to instruct a proactive and experienced lawyer. When selecting a lawyer, you should ask the following: Do they use email? Are they 'no move, no fee'? This can incentivise a faster transaction. Was there a delay delivering a quote?

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How common is gazumping?

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This arises when a property seller accepts an offer and then dismisses it in favour of a better offer. This may happen weeks into a transaction. Although being gazumped is less common in a declining market, there will always be a chance. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct a proactive solicitor as soon as possible.