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Conveyancing in Dorset Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 13/01/18

Some useful local public service information

The closest airport to Dorset is Bournemouth International Airport. The nearest station to Dorset is Weymouth, almost 3 miles away.

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Dorset points of interest

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Portland Bill Lighthouse, Portland Castle English Heritage and Portland St George Churches Conservation Trust are near to Dorset.

The nearest hospital is Portland Castletown.

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What are the best rates for conveyancing for a £521,000 house?

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Many conveyancers claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing', but extra fees are frequently hidden in the terms. Busy, stressed buyers and sellers ignore these terms at their peril. Extras should be fair.

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Is it possible that some of the designated Dorset conservation areas are in neglected condition?

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The register of the state of conservation areas in Dorset is surveyed by English Heritage - the following data is currently available at their site: Blandford Forum is designated as very bad with medium vulnerability and deteriorating condition, Gillingham is designated as very bad with medium vulnerability and deteriorating condition, Milton Abbas is designated as poor with low vulnerability and deteriorating condition, Bothenhampton is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and deteriorating condition, Bradford Abbas is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and deteriorating condition, Bradpole is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, Broadwindsor is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, Cattistock is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, Charminster is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, Herrison is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, Charmouth is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, Chickerell is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, Frampton is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, Litton Cheney is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, Maiden Newton and Higher Frome Vauchurch is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, Owermoigne is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, Piddletrenthide is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, Portesham is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and improving, Puddletown is designated as at risk with unknown

vulnerability and no significant change, Shipton Gorge is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, Symondsbury is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, Whitchurch Canonicorum is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, Winterbourne Abbas is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, Chideock and Seatown is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, West Knighton is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, Lodmoor Hill is designated as fair with medium vulnerability and deteriorating condition, Wareham and Stoborough is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and improving, West Lulworth is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change, East Lulworth is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and improving, Chaldon Herring is designated as at risk with unknown vulnerability and no significant change.

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Which individual property does the conveyancing solicitor in Dorset apply for when carrying out the conveyancing for a Dorset property?

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Normal procedure will be to obtain the following Local Authority (council), Drainage Search (Con29DW or personal), Environmental, Tin Mining Search and China Search and perhaps less common searches, which may include a Utilities Search.

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How might conveyancing legal work take months to complete?

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The legal work needed to sell or purchase a home may take more time than budgeted. We do our best to reduce the impact of these delays whenever possible. Reasons for delay include a slow firm acting for the lender.

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Are there any mortgage lenders with branches in Dorset?

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The Homeward Legal group work with all the major lenders providing financing to home purchasers in Dorset. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include Armchair Mortgages, 22/22/Harcourt Road, Bournemouth, BH5 2JQ, Tower House Associates, 5 Ameysford Rd, Ferndown, BH22 9PY, and Mendip Mortgage & Insurance Services, Beltane/ Constitution Hill, Dulcote, Wells, BA5 3NU.

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How can a Dorset solicitor report back on the potential risk of a flood at Dorset?

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An experienced conveyancing solicitor will conduct environmental searches that will include Dorset flood risk data.

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How is contaminated land in Dorset investigated?

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A broad range of contaminants may potentially impair Dorset property. Contaminants such as proximity to scrap yards will be considered as part of the environmental searches.

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Can I bypass paying for stamp duty on buying a house in Dorset?

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Stamp duty commonly must be paid for home purchases sold for more than £125,000. Stamp duty reduction is not advised. Such schemes are highly expensive and often likely to fail.