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Conveyancing in Downend Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 14/10/17

Handy nearby public transport and public service details:

Downend is approximately 1.5m of junction entry 1 Southbound of the M32.

The nearest train station to Downend is Bristol Parkway. The nearest airport to Downend is Bristol Airport (11 miles s).

Emersons Green, NHS Treatment Centre is the closest hospital.

Q.

How do we get a cheap solicitor in Downend to buy a home?

A.

Many solicitors claim to offer cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra charges may be added into the terms. The conveyancing quote should also clearly state any disbursements to be paid. Additional charges found in terms of engagement ought to be reasonable. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

Q.

I am taking out a mortgage with Direct Line Mortgages - is there anything we need to know?

A.

Some lenders are now reducing the size of their 'solicitor panel', which may result in increased conveyancing costs for purchasers. Homeward Legal, however, can act for most CML-approved lenders, keeping buyers' legal costs to a minimum.

Q.

For fast legal work on the purchase of a £723,000 house, what can we do to speed up the transaction?

A.

As is often argued, contacting a proactive, diligent conveyancer is key fast conveyancing. Ask these questions when identifying your conveyancer:

  • Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?
  • Which communication methods do they use? Days can be wasted waiting for letters in the post which could be emailed or faxed.
  • Do they order searches immediately?
  • Q.

    We are buying on a brownfield land. Is the top-soil likely to be contaminated by waste minerals like aluminium (Al)?

    A.

    Downend and the surrounding region has a legacy of chemical contamination. Other sources of contaminated land include insecticides.

    Q.

    Will a Downend conveyancing solicitor order any searches on the London thirties semi-detached townhouse I want to buy?

    A.

    If you are applying for a mortgage, your lender expects a solicitor to get at least specific searches, including these searches - Local Authority, Drainage Search (Con29DW) and Environment Search and, depending on certain criteria, area-specific searches for instance Index Map Search (SIM).

    Q.

    How many weeks will it take the conveyancing solicitor to finish all of the conveyancing work on the lower floor of house in Downend?

    A.

    The legal process can take anywhere between a month and 12 weeks, based on various issues, like the efficiency of the seller's conveyancing solicitor, or the length of the chain.

    Q.

    How could purchase conveyancing have so many delays?

    A.

    Downend conveyancing will occasionally be held up. We know how distracting such delays can be and seek to minimise the impact of these delays whenever we can do so by driving the transaction forward. There are numerous reasons for delay, such as a slow firm acting for the lender.

    Q.

    We are intending to purchase a house in Westonbirt. Will a chancel search be necessary?

    A.

    Your conveyancing solicitor might recommend a chancel search, regardless of the parish where the home being bought is located. In older areas of Downend, chancel repair can be imposed on current owners of a home where church councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners. For property in the parish of Westonbirt, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.