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Conveyancing in Downend Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 25/04/17

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.

Is it important that I get searches for chancel liability? I am purchasing in Downend.

A.

Where land in Downend was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to contribute towards the cost of maintenance of local churches. Insurance may be available to protect a buyer should a Downend Parochial Church Council enforce liability. Church lands in the local area include Christ Church.

Q.

We are going to buy a Victorian terraced house, do we need property searches?

A.

Conveyancing searches are a standard bundle of queries carried out in the interest of the purchaser. They are not surveys and will not give information on the physical condition of the property.

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.

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.

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).

Q.

What do I need to be aware of if we buy country house in a Bristol planning authority conservation area ?

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An integral part of the due diligence for buyers includes carrying out searches of Bexley planning authority to identify conservation area status and consent for any changes. .

Q.

Do we need to be aware of fixtures and fittings?

A.

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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