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Conveyancing in Darlington Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/04/17

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.


If Darlington contaminated land is found in an environmental search, can the soil be remedied?


Remediation of contaminated land in Darlington is often feasible, although it can be expensive, but this is generally the responsibility of local authorities to arrange. Contact DAH, Royal Oak Farm, Heighington, Darlington, DL2 2UJ for further information.


How long on average does it take my property lawyer to exchange the conveyancing process on the lower floor of house we are intending to buy in Darlington?


The process can take anywhere from 3 weeks and 3 months, which can depend on various factors like the efficiency of the vendor's property lawyer, or whether your solicitor has to act for your lender.


There are a lot of books about DIY conveyancing when buying and selling a maisonette , Might it be imprudent to take care of the legal work myself?

Theoretically speaking there are no arguments why you cant handle the legal process on your own.

That said, a conveyancer handles a huge array of roles from such as chasing replies to enquiries or dealing with requisition on os1 many of which need training. Additionally lawyers are required by the SRA to carry indemnity cover to protect you from any professional failures made by the lawyer.


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.


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.


Is a mortgage offer review a fee or disbursement?


Unscrupulous firms hide fees which should be included as disbursements. It may not be clear if a cost is a fee or not, and whether it should be included. This cost is a fee not a disbursement. It should be included in a quote for your conveyancing.


The owner has unfortunately added artificial stone cladding on the property which I think may conflict with the Clarence Street / Anglesey Road conservation area rules.


Your property lawyer will always check whether the property is located within a conservation area and whether any alterations have the requisite permissions from the Darlington planning authority.