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Conveyancing in Derbyshire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/01/18

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Derbyshire -

By road: Derbyshire is served by the M1, M6, A6, A38, A50, A61, A515, A518 and A628. By rail: The most popular train stations in Derbyshire are Ambergate, Buxton, Chesterfield, Derby, Dove Holes, Grindleford, Hope, Ilkeston, Matlock, Matlock Bath, and Shottle. By air: Using Sheffield as the starting point, the closest airports are Doncaster Sheffield Airport (25 miles), Manchester Airport (44 miles), and Leeds Bradford Airport (47 miles).

Hospitals (representative): Royal Derby, Uttoxeter Road, Derby, DE22 3NE Babington, Derby Road, Belper, DE56 1WH Buxton, London Road, Buxton, SK17 9NJ Ilkeston Community, Heanor Road, Ilkeston, DE7 8LN Chesterfield Royal, Chesterfield Road, Calow, Chesterfield, S44 5BL Cavendish, Manchester Road, Buxton, SK17 6TE London Road Community, London Road, Derby, DE1 2QY Kingsway, Kingsway Site, Kingsway, Derby, DE22 3LZ

Council: Derbyshire County (www.derbyshire.gov.uk).

Attractions: Peak District, Pickford’s House Museum, Heights of Abraham, Derby Cathedral, Carsington Water, Haddon Hall, National Tramway Museum, Poole’s Cavern, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Calke Abbey, Chatsworth House, Bolsover Castle, Stainsby Mill, Hardwick Hall, Peak Rail, Gulliver’s Kingdom, Bolsover Castle, Peak Cavern, and Dovedale.

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When is it appropriate to get a solicitor in Derbyshire?

With a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, like the one offered by Homeward Legal, instructing a solicitor as early as possible is best, because conveyancing involves a number of tasks that can be carried out very early in the process. Instructing a conveyancing firm to handle your Derbyshire purchase early can limit the risk of the transaction aborting. For the best and clearest quote, why not try our quote calculator? Or, if you want to talk to someone, you could call our expert team on 0800 038 6699.

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Do we need to use the property solicitor referred by the local agent?

The agent will often recommend one or more conveyancing firms. If the estate agency is paid a referral fee, however, they may decide to recommend the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, and not the one that will be best value for you.

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How much will be the cost of the conveyancing searches for a house I’m buying in Derbyshire?

The cost of searches can vary, depending on which searches are required by your lender, and the depth to which they are taken.

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How long will it take my lawyer to complete the conveyancing work for a flat in a building we hope to buy in Derbyshire?

The legal process can take anywhere from one month to twelve weeks. The duration can be hampered by various factors like the efficiency of the vendor's property solicitor, or the speed of the lender in providing the finance. At Homeward Legal, our solicitors are highly proactive and they diligently communicate throughout the chain, removing obstacles where practical and mitigating the impact of issues as they arise. Try our quote calculator, or call our expert team on 0800 038 6699 for your free, fixed-fee quote, supported by our ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee.

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Will we need a survey for our house purchase in Derbyshire?

Homeward Legal advises that you arrange for a chartered surveyor to carry out a survey, regardless of the appearance or age of the building. Many defects can affect a property, including severe weathering or poor drainage, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor. It therefore makes sense for you to organise a structural survey for your peace of mind.

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How is contaminated land in Derbyshire investigated?

Residential property in Derbyshire can be contaminated by many natural causes. An environmental search as part of the standard conveyancing bundle should clarify to what extent a property can be impacted by local contaminants, such as waste disposal sites and other land contamination.

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Can I check whether a residence is in one of Derbyshire's designated conservation areas?

The regions in or near Derbyshire will include several locations of 'special architectural and historic interest', which have been registered as conservation areas. Your conveyancing solicitor will be able to provide more details, in regard to relevant conservation area restrictions in Derbyshire.

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The internet has a multitude of helpful manuals on the subject of do-it-yourself conveyancing, so do we really need to use a solicitor in Derbyshire?

In theory, there are no practical arguments as to why you can’t handle the majority of the legal process yourself, if you so wish. The truth of the matter is, however, that a property solicitor will be familiar with a significant number of activities, ranging from chasing replies to enquiries to notifying all parties of exchange, some of which really need experience and training. Nonetheless, firms and their solicitors are duty-bound to be in possession of indemnity cover to protect you in the event of negligence, which you won’t have. Call our team on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your conveyancing needs and to receive your fixed-fee quote.

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The internet has a multitude of helpful manuals on the subject of do it yourself conveyancing. Do we need to use a solicitor in Derbyshire ?

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In theory there are no arguments why you cant handle the greater majority of the legal process yourself.

The truth is however that a property solicitor in Derbyshire is familiar with a significant number of roles from ranging from chasing replies to enquiries and notifying all parties of exchange some of which really need experience.

Nevertheless firms and their solicitors are duty bound to be in possession of indemnity cover to protect you in the event of negligence.

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Will our lawyer in Derbyshire tell me about the cost of council tax on a Band G maisonette before exchange of contracts?

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The property lawyer will write to the appropriate Derbyshire Dales local council to enquire about the currently applicable council tax charges which will then be added to the conveyancer's title report. Up-to-date charges for homes in Derbyshire are published at the Derbyshire Dales local authority site. Currently on 17 December 2012 the different rates are:

  • Band A - £1,026.00
  • Band B - £1,197.00
  • Band C - £1,368.00
  • Band D - £1,539.00
  • Band E - £1,881.00
  • Band F - £2,223.00
  • Band G - £2,565.00
  • Band H - £3,078.00

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Will we need a survey for our house purchase?

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Homeward Legal advise that you arrange a house surveyor to carry out a survey. Many defects can affect a property. These include severe weathering or poor drainage, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.

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How can a Derbyshire conveyancer advise on the risk of local flooding in Derbyshire for a Fifties property we are intending to purchase?

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An experienced residential property conveyancing solicitor will conduct property environmental searches that should include Derbyshire flood risk information.

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Can I check that a residence is in one of Derbyshire's designated conservation areas?

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The regions in or near Derbyshire will include several areas of 'special architectural and historic interest' registered as conservation areas. Your conveyancing solicitor will be able to provide more details, in regard to relevant conservation area restrictions in Derbyshire.

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I need to exchange contracts on the sale of my house very quickly - are you fast Derbyshire solicitors ?

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Our chosen solicitors take a thoroughly active approach when carrying out the conveyancing for sellers to meet the sellers requirements.

Our method is different as we have invested in new case management systems . Critically we look after you with a property lawyer qualified to communicate up and down the buyer and seller property chain .

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Will we need to get a chancel liability search? I am buying by a church constructed in the 1300s in Derbyshire.

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Repair costs resulting from chancel liability can total hundreds of thousands of pounds. A chancel search will confirm whether liability for Derbyshire properties is likely to exist. Your solicitor can provide more details.