By Frances Traynor
23rd March 2018
"Teamwork is critical for less stressful home move."
If you are buying or selling your home, or wanting to release some equity or remortgaging, then you should instruct a conveyancing solicitor to complete the legal work.
Homeward Legal's property lawyers have many years of experience in Devon and across southwest England. Reinforce that with our pre-emptive, speed-focused conveyancing methods and that means we often complete the transaction in the shortest possible time.
Property lawyers who handle all the legal work for your sale or purchase for a fixed cost.
We do not charge you any solicitors fees, if your Devon house move does not complete.
With local Devon conveyancing experience, our solicitors will guide you through every aspect of the legal process.
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By road: Devon is served by the M5, A30, A38, A39, A361, A377, A386, A388, and A396. By rail: The largest train stations in Devon are Barnstaple, Cranbrook, Dartmouth, Devonport, Exeter St. Thomas, Exmouth, Honiton, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, and Torquay. By air: The most accessible airport from Devon is Exeter Airport (31 miles away from Okehampton).
Hospitals (representative): Royal Devon & Exeter, Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW West Devon District, Raleigh Park, Barnstaple, EX31 4JB Torbay and South Devon, Lowes Bridge, Torquay, TQ2 7AA Derriford, Derriford Road, Crownhill, Plymouth, PL6 8DH Mount Stuart, St. Vincent’s Road, Torquay, TQ1 4UP Brixham Community, Greenswood Road, Brixham, TQ5 9PT Exmouth, Claremont Grove, Exmouth, EX8 2JN Bideford Community, Abbotsham Road, Bideford, EX39 3AG Totnes Community, Coronation Road, Totnes, TQ9 5GH Tiverton and District, Kennedy Way, Tiverton, EX16 6NT Dartmouth & Kingswear Community, South Embankment, Mansion House Street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9BD Newton Abbot Community, West Golds Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2TS
Council: Devon County (www.devon.gov.uk).
Attractions: Buckfast Abbey, Crealy Great Adventure Parks, Exmoor, Exeter Cathedral, Dartmoor, Lundy, Plymouth Sound, Dartmoor Zoological Park, Pennywell Farm, Berry Pomeroy Castle, National Marine Aquarium, Okehampton Castle, Smeaton’s Tower, Castle Drogo, Jurassic Coast, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exmoor Zoo, Saltram House, and Northernhay Gardens.Q.
In simple terms, the faster you instruct your solicitor, the better, because there are several tasks that can be carried out immediately. Timely appointment of a solicitor for a sale means that documents can be prepared earlier, considerably accelerating the whole process. And, if you are buying, you will have the details of your Devon solicitor ready for when you make an offer. 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.Q.
Gazumping is a term describing when, following acceptance, an offer is later rejected by the seller, in preference of a better offer from another interested party. Although being gazumped is less common in a declining market, there will always be a chance. Instructing a property solicitor early on in the process, and even before acceptance of an offer, is a key first step to reducing this risk.Q.
As a general rule of thumb, fixtures are items affixed to the walls, ceilings or floors (for example, built-in kitchen units, light fittings, etc.), while fittings are those items which can be moved (such as carpets, rugs and curtains). Note that the ‘fixtures and fittings’ form should also cover any plants that are going to be removed from the garden. Property-buyers are frequently confused by the lack of detail regarding fixtures and fittings, what is staying and what is being removed by the sellers. Completion and agreement of a ‘fixtures and fittings’ form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopardise the transaction.Q.
Normal legal protocol will be to get the following: a Local Authority Search, a Drainage and Water Search, an Environment Search, a Tin Mining Search, and a China Clay Search. In addition, there may be specific searches (for example, Chancel Search).Q.
Getting contracts exchanged can take anywhere from around a month up to three months. The duration of the tasks can be affected any number of things, such as the efficiency of the sellers’ lawyer, or the turnaround of searches. At Homeward Legal, our speed-focused and proactive lawyers work hard at removing obstacles and accelerating the process without compromising on service. Give our friendly team a call on 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote, supported by our ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee.
Flood-risk searches are conducted by your solicitor for your house in Devon as part of the standard bundle of conveyancing searches. Part of the data returned from the environmental search will be the historical information regarding flooding in the area of your planned property purchase. If the risk level is deemed significant, a far more thorough flood search can be ordered. If you are still nervous, you could attempt to contact a neighbour.Q.
Disbursements and fees ought to be stated clearly and separately on a conveyancing quote. The mining search charge is a disbursement and not a fee, and is passed on to the buyer at cost. At Homeward Legal, our quotes are transparent and make the distinction very clear between fees and disbursements.Q.
It is well-known that finding a proactive, diligent and experienced solicitor is the key to fast conveyancing. Consider the following when researching your legal representation:
Homeward Legal provides this and so much more. To discuss your needs and to obtain your free, fixed-fee, ‘No Completion, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our team on 0800 038 6699.Q.
Food risk searches conducted by the Devon solicitor will also include the far more thorough flood search if required.
If you are nervous you could attempt to contact a neighbour.Q.
An up-to-date register of the condition of conservation areas in Devon is recorded by English Heritage. The following information are available at their site: Horrabridge registered as poor with medium vulnerability and deteriorating, Northam registered as poor with low vulnerability and deteriorating, Bovey Tracey with Pottery Road registered as very bad with low vulnerability and no significant change, Chudleigh registered as very bad with medium vulnerability and deteriorating, Dawlish registered as very bad with low vulnerability and condition improving, North Tawton registered as poor with medium vulnerability and deteriorating, Bere Alston registered as poor with high vulnerability and deteriorating, Exbourne registered as poor with high vulnerability and deteriorating, Bow registered as very bad with low vulnerability and deteriorating.Q.
Your instructed property solicitor will ascertain if the property is within a conservation area and whether any alterations have the appropriate consent from the local planning authority.Q.
Conservation areas recognise areas of architectural merit. Horrabridge, Northam and Bovey Tracey Pottery Road are among the conservation areas in Devon. These restrictions adds to upkeep costs, but the benefits include protection for parks and green spaces.Q.
We do not hide any hidden extra charges whatsoever. Sometimes a separate matter is also required, but any fees for this work will only be incurred with your knowledge.Q.
Disbursements and fees ought to be stated on a quote. This charge is a disbursement not a fee, and is passed on to the buyer at cost.Q.
Our solicitors have experience working with the majority of lenders assisting Devon buyers. Devon lenders and mortgage specialists include Wear Insurance Network, 537 Topsham Rd, Exeter, EX2 7DL, and Custom Mortgage Solutions Ltd, 1a/Ulysses Pk/Heron Rd, Exeter, EX2 7PH.