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Conveyancing in Dorchester Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/04/18

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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Do your solicitors advise on the legal conveyancing of auction properties in Dorchester?

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Our CQS solicitors often carry out work for auction buyers and sellers. Our niche auction team of property lawyers have previously worked for numerous vendors at regional property auctions, for example Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Quite often hard to value lots like development land are listed at auction which tend to require extra examination by the conveyancing lawyer. We therefore recommend buyers at auction to formally instruct an affordable conveyancing firm well in advance of the auction day to give enough time for a review of the legal papers.

After the auction day arrives your appointed lawyer is utterly ready for finishing all of the legal work within the reduced time frame as required .

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Which property searches should a Dorchester property solicitor carry out when buying a Dorchester flat?

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The common procedure is to obtain the following Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal), Environment Search, Tin Mining Search and China Search and occasionally area-specific searches, like a HS2 report.

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How is stamp duty calculated in Dorchester and how much do we need to pay on a £934000 home?

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Stamp Duty is dependent on the valuation. For a property sold for £934000, SDLT is £37360.

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We are buying on a brownfield land. Is the soil likely to be contaminated by waste minerals like chromium (Cr)?

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Dorchester's local area has a history of contamination from industry and natural causes, like much of the UK. Metal contamination of top-soil in Dorchester is more likely to occur near landfill sites. Data on other contaminants, like disinfection by-products, will also be included in an environmental search.

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Which local authority is responsible for Dorchester?

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Dorchester is located in West Dorset District Council, Stratton House, 58- 60 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UZ, phone: 01305 251 010

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What date should I book the home removal company?

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The ideal point is for buyers to wait before making arrangements with a removal firm until after everyone has fixed a formal move date which happens once final contracts are signed. Often home removals companies might impose a rearrangement fine . Try Woods Removals, 11A Icen Way, Dorchester, DT1 1EW Telephone: 01305 250202 or Trev's Moves, 24/Durnover Court/Mill Street, Dorchester, DT1 1LJ on 07969 005261.

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We are intending to purchase a rectory in Loders. Is a chancel search required?

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A lawyer might recommend that a chancel search be ordered, regardless of the parish where the property being bought is found. Through some parish councils have determined to exact chancel repairs on the current owners of land subject to chancel liability, it is not possible to be certain that a parish where chancel repair fees have not been paid previously will continue to be unaffected.