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Conveyancing in Dorking Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/07/17

Local points of interest in Dorking

Box Hill National Trust and Buckland Surrey Windmill are in Dorking.

The nearest airport to Dorking is Gatwick North Terminal Airport (8 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 18 miles, London Heliport Airport is 18 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 18 miles, Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 20 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 10 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 17 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 23 miles, Blackbushe Airport is 23 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 17 miles away. Dorking's nearest station is Dorking West.

The most convenient hospital to Dorking is Dorking General.

Q.

I am looking for the cheapest conveyancing solicitors. as we are on a budget.

A.

The confusion over this topic affects many property buyers and sellers who opted for a very cheap quote, only to be stung later in the conveyancing process, and many conveyancers claim to offer supposedly cheap conveyancing quotes. However extra fees are frequently hidden in the terms and conditions which property buyers and sellers may have not read carefully Charges listed in terms of engagement should be fair. The online quote calculator can generate an accurate statement of the legal fees for the property you plan to buy.

Q.

Do we need a chancel search? I am purchasing a property close to a 12th Century priory in Dorking.

A.

Owners of property in Dorking may be subject to chancel repair liability. Liability has the potential to impact the value of a Dorking property, but an indemnity policy may be available to protect the new owners. Your solicitor can provide more details. Dorking Church of England properties include Pixham St Mary the Virgin, Ranmore St Barnabas, St Martin and St Paul.

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What environmental concerns will contaminate land in Dorking. Are these thoroughly investigated?

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A broad range of contaminants may potentially impair land in Dorking, like nearby waste management facilities and other land contamination. An environmental search will reveal this in more detail. Capel Landfill, Horsham Road, Surrey, RH5 5JZ may be one source of local contamination.

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Will my assigned Dorking property solicitor tell me about the cost of the council tax for a Band H cottage prior to exchange?

A.

Your homes band should in most cases be identified within the report on title, and by the local authority. Up-to-date charges for properties in Dorking are detailed online at the Mole Valley council site. On, 11 February 2013, band rates are:

  • Band A - £1,006.00
  • Band B - £1,174.00
  • Band C - £1,341.00
  • Band D - £1,509.00
  • Band E - £1,844.00
  • Band F - £2,180.00
  • Band G - £2,515.00
  • Band H - £3,018.00

Q.

Following recent news about the Met Office projecting more intense rainfall, I am questioning if flood risk searches won't be detailed enough?

A.

Conveyancing searches conducted by the Dorking conveyancer will also include a more thorough search (Landmark) if required.

If you remain still nervous you could try to approach a neighbour of the property or local Surrey flood repair builder, such as: Bright Outlook, 9 Dukes Ride, Holmwood Park, Dorking, RH5 4TY Tel: 01306 742008.

Q.

How is SDLT calculated and what should we pay on a £921000 house?

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The Stamp Duty rate you will owe is calculated with reference to the house or flat's price. On a £921000 property, stamp duty will be £36840.*

*This information accurate as of June 2012

Q.

We are on a deadline and would like get fast conveyancing, what can we do to speed up our transaction?

A.

Finding a proactive and experienced solicitor is crucial to buying faster. You should consider:

  • Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote?
  • Do they use email?
  • Will they order searches immediately?

Q.

Should I select a firm of solicitors referred by the local agent?

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Both agents and mortgage brokers may endorse a solicitor. These referrals should be compared against alternatives, such as local solicitors, or firms found online, as the agent may recommend the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the best value for you.

 
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