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Conveyancing in Dorchester Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 27/07/17

Some relevant local Dorchester public service details:

As calculated by the most recent census (2011) Dorchester, has a population of 213,203 spread over an area of 413,723 acres (167,428 hectares) giving a density of residential population of 0.5 people per acre (1.3 per hectare).

Dorchester's closest station is Dorchester West and Dorchester's closest airport is Bournemouth International Airport (27 miles).

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Local points of interest in Dorchester

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Max Gate National Trust Winterborne Came St Peter Churches Conservation Trust and Whitcombe Church Churches Conservation Trust are situated in Dorchester.

The nearest hospital for Dorchester is Dorset County Dorchester.

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How do we identify a genuinely cheap fee? I need low cost conveyancing.

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This matter catches out many home owners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors claim to offer cheap conveyancing quotes. Often extra charges can pad your final bill. The conveyancing quote must also state costs to be paid to third parties, e.g. the Land Registry, (disbursments).Homeward Legal quotes are not estimates, and offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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How much does the charge for conveyancing searches be?

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The cost of conveyancing searches can vary. They are disbursements paid to a third party, and are charged at cost.

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What are 'fixtures and fittings'?

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In the main, there is not a strict definition of 'fixtures and fittings'. 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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Is contaminated land in Dorchester an issue?

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Land is contaminated by several environmental factors, and an environmental search will confirm that a plot of land can be impacted by contaminants like waste treatment sites in the area or civil aviation activity in the area.

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Will we need a home buyers survey for our property purchase?

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It is advised that the majority of buyers order a RICS survey. There are many issues that can negatively affect a property, that a solicitor will be unable to address, which include flat roof leaks or roof damage.

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How long will it take my assigned conveyancer to conclude all of the legal work on the top floor of recently developed property we are purchasing?

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It can take anywhere between one month and 12 weeks dependent on various issues e.g. the speed of the seller's conveyancing solicitor, or the number of people in the chain.

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Does the title report compiled by the Dorchester conveyancing solicitor provide details about the cost of the council tax for a Band E flat prior to completion?

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A property solicitor will contact the West Dorset local council to enquire about the applicable council tax rates, which should be detailed in the conveyancing report on title.

Correct charges for residents of Dorchester are detailed on the West Dorset council website. At the time of authoring (01 March 2013) the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,069.00
  • Band B - £1,247.00
  • Band C - £1,425.00
  • Band D - £1,604.00
  • Band E - £1,960.00
  • Band F - £2,316.00
  • Band G - £2,673.00
  • Band H - £3,207.00

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For a lender, we have chosen Tesco mortgages, what do I need to be aware of?

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Some lenders have reduced their 'solicitor panel', potentially creating higher conveyancing costs for house purchasers. Homeward Legal, however, will act for all major mortgage lenders so that you will not be required to pay the lender's legal fees.

 
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