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Conveyancing in Dunvant Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/07/17

Pertinent local travel and public service facts and figures -

Gowerton station is about 2 miles from Dunvant. Swansea Airport is 2 miles from Dunvant.

The nearest hospital is Fairwood Swansea.

Q.

How do we find the best conveyancing rates for a 437,000 house?

A.

Several firms offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately extra costs may be added into the solicitor's terms of engagement. These terms are often ignored by excited home owners, eager to get underway. Any extra costs should be clearly defined. Our quotes clearly state all legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

Will it be necessary to get a chancel search if I am buying in the parish of Michaelston-le-Pit?

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The property lawyer could recommend a chancel search. In Dunvant's much older areas, chancel repair dues can be collected on current owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils have previously chosen not to do so. In the event that chancel liability may apply, your solicitor might recommend insurance rather than pulling out of the purchase.

Q.

We are buying on a former industrial site. Could the topsoil be contaminated by industrial waste like caesium?

A.

Even where some contamination has occurred in Dunvant, risk levels are usually low. The local authority for Dunvant will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

Q.

Is a mining search paid to the solicitor?

A.

Comparing quotes can be difficult, considering differences in terminology. This charge is a disbursement not a fee, and is passed on to the buyer at cost.

Q.

As a result of the major river flooding in Wales we are worried that conveyancing searches might not be sufficient?

A.

A qualified Dunvant conveyancing solicitor should also get flood searches if the standard conveyancing searches spots a risk.

You might be able to get in touch with a future neighbour for some further peace of mind.

Q.

At what point is it appropriate to instruct a solicitor to act on our purchase?

A.

In the majority of situations, earlier is preferable. A number of sources suggest holding off instruction until an offer is accepted, but delays can risk the other side pulling out, particularly in uncertain market conditions.

Q.

We need to complete this leasehold property purchase as soon as possible, how do we guarantee fast legal work in Dunvant?

A.

Contacting a proactive and experienced solicitor is key a fast conveyancing transaction. There are, however, several things you can also do to get moving sooner, including, requesting status updates from the solicitor regularly, replying to your solicitor by phone, fax or email and arranging your mortgage offer.

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Might the conveyancing fees incorporate any hidden costs?

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Unfortunately, sellers must read the terms of their conveyancing quote careful to identify any hidden fees. Homeward Legal never hide any extra, hidden charges. Know that some conveyancers give 'quotes' which are in fact estimates. The bill you receive on completion can be much greater.

 
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