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Conveyancing in Darlington Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 25/07/17

Practical local travel and public service facts and figures ;

As determined by the 2011 national census Darlington's usual residential population is 360,975 spread over an area of 842,590 acres (340,985 hectares) meaning a density of population of 0.4 people per acre or 1.1 per hectare.

Drivers are well served with Darlington being well placed with very convenient major road access close at roughly 1 1/2m of the A66M.

The closest train station to Darlington is Darlington, almost a mile away. The closest airport to Darlington is Darlington, Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Hollyhurst Independent Darlington is the closest hospital.


How do I get the cheapest Darlington conveyancing quote?


Many online and high street solicitors claim to offer theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes, but additional costs are often hiding in the terms. Busy, stressed buyers ignore these terms at their peril. Extra fees which are listed in the terms should be fair. Our quotes offer a clear statement of your solicitors fees for a standard purchase or sale.


Will I need to get a chancel search? We are purchasing on the same street as land owned by the church in Darlington.


There are 15000 Church of England and Church of Wales parishes throughout the UK. Property owners within some of these may be required to contribute towards the cost of the repair of a local church. Insurance may be available to protect a buyer should a Darlington Parochial Church Council enforce liability. Church properties in Darlington where a chancel search may be appropriate include St John, Cleasby w Stapleton St Peter, St Matthew and Eryholme St Mary.


Are any of the designated Darlington conservation areas are at risk?


The assessment of the state of conservation areas in Darlington is published by English Heritage and this data are to be found at their site- Northgate is listed as very bad with medium vulnerability and no significant change, West End (formerly Stanhope / Grange Road) is listed as fair with medium vulnerability and deteriorating, Victoria Embankment is listed as very bad with medium vulnerability and no significant change.

Phone 01325 388604 for more information.


Do homewardlegal.co.uk specialise the legal conveyancing of residential property auction properties in Darlington?


Yes - Our solicitors and licensed conveyancers in Darlington commonly handle the legal work for buyers and sellers at auction. Our auction team solicitors and licensed conveyancers have worked for countless buyers at local Darlington property auctions that include Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Regularly hard to value buildings like investment properties, are sold in property auctions which tend to demand additional examination before buying. We therefore suggest that buyers at auction appoint a suitable lawyer well before the property auction date to allow sufficient time for a full investigation of the documents.

After the actual auction the lawyer is absolutely geared up to finishing the legal side of things in 28 days as typically required by the conditions of sale.


What does searches be?


Searches range in cost, depending on the searches required. They are paid to a third party, and will be charged at cost.


For a fast conveyancing transaction on the purchase of a £190,000 home, how could we speed up the conveyancing process?


As is often argued, instructing a communicative lawyer is key a fast conveyancing transaction. When finding a lawyer, you should ask the following: Was there a delay delivering a quote? Do they use email? Do they offer 'no move, no fee' protection? This can incentivise a faster transaction.


Our lender is Lloyds TSB - what do I need to know?


Some lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel', which may result in greater legal costs for buyers. We, however, can act for many UK mortgage lenders, keeping buyers' legal costs to a minimum.


In about five weeks we are looking to be moving from our semi detached house on the outskirts of Darlington to a new home in County Durham at what stage to instruct a removals firm?


The most sensible course of action is to avoid agreeing removals until the point where all parties have agreed the completion date that occurs once exchange of contracts. Some home removals companies add a change of date amount

Why not try Man With Van, 60 Hartington Way, Darlington, DL3 0RZ Telephone: 07947 365602 or Schott Removals, Unit 30 The Lingfield Estate/Mcmullen Rd, Darlington, DL1 1RW on 01325 487091.