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Conveyancing in Crabtree Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/10/17

Crabtree area info

Saltram National Trust Plymouth National Marine Aquarium Aquarium and Royal Citadel English Heritage are in the vicinity of Crabtree.

Crabtree's closest airport is Plymouth City Airport (2 miles). The nearest station to Crabtree is Plymouth, about 2 miles away.

The nearest hospital to Crabtree is Mount Gould Plymouth.

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We need a cheap solicitor to buy a property. Can you assist?

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The confusion over what is, and is not, included in a 'cheap' quote leaves many property buyers and sellers paying out more than they anticipated in the end, and many solicitors claim to offer cheap conveyancing quotes. However extra fees are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms. Excited property buyers and sellers, eager to get underway, often ignore this small print when they instruct. Any extra charges needs to be clearly defined. They only apply to matters if your conveyancer is required to complete unexpected extra work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The disbursements to be paid ought to be listed on your conveyancing quote. We offer quotes, not estimates, and clearly state all legal fees you pay for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Should the form for fixtures and fittings include items such as furniture?

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In general, fixtures are fixed elements, such as central heating systems to the property, whereas fixtures are easier to detach or remove. This is often overlooked, making agreement of a comprehensive list of included items so essential.

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It seems that cobalt soil contamination may be an issue in Crabtree. Please advise.

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Most soils in Crabtree have some degree of contamination, from industry, agriculture and the natural environment . Also considering issues such as water contaminants such as phenols and radioactive waste, contaminants affecting Crabtree property will be factored into an environmental search.

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For our mortgage lender, we have chosen Basinghall Finance - what do we need to know?

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Recently, a number of lenders have limited the number of solicitors who can act for them. Homeward Legal, however, are able to act for all major lenders.

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We are purchasing a property in Charleton with Buckland Tout Saints. Do we need a chancel search?

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A solicitor instructed to handle the transaction may suggest that a chancel search be taken out, whichever parish in which the house being purchased is found. Although some Parochial Church Councils have determined to charge chancel repairs on the current owners of lay rectorships, a conveyancing solicitor cannot verify that a parish where dues have not recently been paid will not continue to be so. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.

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Will my Crabtree conveyancing solicitor apply for personal or official searches on my home purchase?

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The property lawyer will make a recommendation regarding the most appropriate route, depending on issues like lender requirements. If personal searches are used, your conveyancing solicitor might look for a local search agent e.g Dickerson Barrett & Co Ltd, 7 Cheshire Drive, Plymouth, PL6 6SQ Tel: 01752 789111 Fax: 01752 794283

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When buying a sixties maisonette in one of the Crabtree conservation area, where does one locate data concerning the state of upkeep of the area?

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Conservation areas are created by the local authority (Plymouth) who maintain conservation area concerns from area development to traffic signs. Following a campaign, English Heritage keep records of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas.

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How many weeks should I expect it to take my conveyancing solicitor to handle all of the conveyancing formalities on a semi detached home we are purchasing?

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The legal process can take anywhere between around a month and 12 weeks, which can depend on various things e.g. the efficiency of the vendor's property solicitor, or whether the property is freehold or leasehold.