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Conveyancing in Costessey Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/07/17

Pertinent regional transport and public service facts ;

Costessey's closest airport is Norwich International Airport (3 miles). Costessey's closest station is Norwich.

Hellesdon Norwich is a nearby hospital to Costessey.


We are looking for a lawyer that offers cheap conveyancing in Costessey. What do we need to check for?


Many law firms offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but extra costs may be added into small print. Any additional charges which are listed in terms of engagement should be reasonable and clear. Our online calculator will create an accurate quote for your buy.


How long should it take for my designated conveyancing solicitor to finish all of the conveyancing work for the lower floor of Edwardian home we hope to buy?


Getting contracts exchanged can take anywhere between one month and 3 months, which can be hampered by any number of factors e.g. the efficiency of the vendor's conveyancing solicitor, or the turnaround of searches.


We are planning to buy a Victorian terraced house, should we have 'conveyancing searches' ordered?


These searches are a standard set of questions carried out on behalf of the party intending to buy the property. They will not be a substitute for a building survey.


Which local authority is responsible for Costessey?

Costessey is located in Waveney District Council, Town Hall, High Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1HS, phone: 01502 562 111


The Woolwich is our lender - what will we need to know?


Traditionally, solicitors could carry out mortgage-related work for most lenders. Some lenders have decreased the number of firms on their approved panel, which may result in greater legal costs for purchasers. Homeward Legal, fortunately, can act on behalf of the majority of UK mortgage lenders.


What will conveyancing searches cost?


The cost of searches on a purchase in Costessey can vary. Searches are paid to a third party, and will not be included in your solicitor's fees.


Will my Costessey conveyancing solicitor tell me about the cost of the council tax for a Band F house prior to exchanging contracts?


A property lawyer will speak to the South Norfolk local council to enquire about the up to date council tax rates, which should then be set out in the report on title.

Council tax rates for Costessey are listed at the South Norfolk local authority website. At the time of writing (01 December 2012) band rates are:

  • Band A - £1,023.00
  • Band B - £1,194.00
  • Band C - £1,364.00
  • Band D - £1,535.00
  • Band E - £1,876.00
  • Band F - £2,217.00
  • Band G - £2,558.00
  • Band H - £3,070.00


If I buy a book about doing your own conveyancing as a buyer of a house. Is it viable to carry out the conveyancing on a DIY basis without help.?


It is certainly possible for you to handle the legal process unaided.

That said, a solicitor takes care of a large array of activities e.g. chasing notices/share certificates or collating and preparing contract and package many of which require training. In any event however, solicitors practices need to have relevant professional indemnity insurance that protects you in the event of negligence on the part of the solicitor.