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Conveyancing in Downend Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/01/18

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.

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

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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.

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Do we need to be aware of fixtures and fittings?

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Usually, fixtures are fixed items, such as shelving to the property, whereas fixtures are easier to detach or remove. Your solicitor will request the agreement of a fixtures and fittings form to avoid such disputes, clarifying to both parties what items will stay, and which will be removed.

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

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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).

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The internet has a plethora of on and offline manuals all about doing the legal work yourself. Do we need to instruct a Downend lawyer for my home move?

Technically there is absolutely no argument why a seller shouldn't take care of he legal and technical work without assistance. However, a conveyancer takes care of a significant number of tasks such as interpreting replies to enquiries or checking the lease which need a qualified solicitor. Despite that solicitors practices always be covered by suitable indemnity cover to protect you in the event of failures.

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What sort of analysis about the potential risk of floods in the Bristol area will the Downend conveyancing solicitor report on for a seventies property we are intending to buy?

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A solicitor makes an application for environmental searches, which include Downend historical flood risk data. A substantially more detailed flood risk search, such as the Homecheck search, may be advocated by a qualified Downend conveyancing solicitor if in the event that the initial conveyancing searches reveal a potential flood risk to the seventies flat. At the time of writing (23/02/13) publication on the Environment Agency do not reveal any flood warnings in the Downend area.

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Is there something I can do to get out of paying stamp duty to the Revenue?

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SDLT must be paid on purchases sold for more than £125,000. Stamp duty mitigation scheme is not advised. Such schemes are often uneconomical and , if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed.

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Where do I learn more data the status of the conservation areas in Downend and Downend?

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English Heritage maintain a list of the condition of conservation areas. Local Downend conservation area matters, for instance paths and footpaths, dormer windows or vacant buildings are handled by Bexley.

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How could purchase conveyancing have so many delays?

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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.