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Conveyancing in Devizes Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 14/02/18

Relevant regional travel and public service facts -

The closest airport to Devizes is Bristol Airport. and the nearest train station to Devizes is Melksham.

Devizes is the most convenient hospital.

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We need to find affordable conveyancing. What do we need to consider?

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Both high-street and online solicitors offer 'the cheapest conveyancing', however extra costs are often hiding in the terms and conditions which unwary property buyers and sellers fail to check. Any fees found in the terms should be reasonable. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the solicitors' fees, based on the property you are buying.

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The Devizes residence being bought is on a ex-industrial site. Is uranium (U) soil contamination likely?

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Soil contamination is closed monitored. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Devizes, including local authorities.

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In relation to the major flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England we are wondering whether environmental searches won't be sufficient?

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Your Devizes conveyancing solicitor should always carry out rigorous conveyancing and environmental searches if the initial conveyancing searches establishes a significant risk Devizes flood risk area

You might be able to speak to a local resident to gain further assurance.

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How long should I expect it to take the solicitor to conduct all of the conveyancing work on a semi detached house?

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Getting contracts exchanged can take anywhere between a month and three months depending on a number of factors such as the efficiency of the seller's property solicitor, or the speed of your lender.

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Do fixtures and fittings include things like chairs?

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Property buyers are frequently confused by the lack of detail regarding which fixtures and fittings will be included. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction.

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What causes the purchase conveyancing process to take weeks to complete?

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Conveyancing could potentially be delayed for many reasons. In some cases, the delays are beyond a solicitor's power, we, however, work hard to lessen the effect of these delays whenever we can.

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I am purchasing a 1950's property. Do we need searches?

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These searches are enquiries ordered by your conveyancer. These searches do give much needed information and context, but refer to facets affecting the legal title.

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Which government body looks after for recording the status of neglect the conservation areas in Devizes?

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English Heritage, a government body, have conducted a survey and created records of the state of conservation areas in Devizes and across England. Conservation areas in Devizes are set up by Wiltshire who police the state of the area including things like ugly parking meters, non sympathetic doors and street furniture.