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Conveyancing in Easthampstead Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

Useful local Easthampstead transport and services facts and figures -

Easthampstead's nearest airport is Blackbushe Airport (6 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 15 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 13 miles, Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 9 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 15 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 19 miles, White Waltham Airport is 7 miles, and Booker Airport is 15 miles away. The closest station to Easthampstead is Bracknell.

Motorists are well served with Easthampstead situated with very good road access close at around a couple of miles of the A329M.

Church Hill House Bracknell is the most convenient hospital.

Q.

How do we identify a genuinely cheap fee? I am looking for discount conveyancing in Easthampstead.

A.

Both high-street and online law firms purport to offer cheap conveyancing, but additional fees will be included in the solicitor's terms of engagement. These terms are often ignored by excited buyers, eager to get underway. Any extra charges found in the terms should be reasonable. They be applicable if the lawyer is required to complete extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid should be included on the conveyancing quote

Q.

Should the property's fixtures and fittings form include items like fitted gas or electric fires?

A.

Generally speaking, there is not a strict definition of 'fixtures and fittings'. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction. This makes resolving any confusion between buyer and seller on this issue so urgent.

Q.

Do you work with mortgage lenders with Easthampstead branches?

A.

We have solicitors who have experience working with the majority of lenders assisting Easthampstead homebuyers. Easthampstead lenders and mortgage specialists include Marlingham Ltd, 9 Crown Row, Bracknell, RG12 0TH, and Bellamy Amanda, 14 Redditch, Bracknell, RG12 0TT. Your solicitor will be able to state specific lenders' requirements.

Q.

If we plan to buy in the parish of Chieveley with Winterbourne and Oare, should we get a chancel search?

A.

A solicitor is likely to recommend a chancel search, regardless of the parish in which the house being purchased is found. Although some Parochial Church Councils have decided to charge chancel repairs on the owners of lay rectorships, it is not possible to be certain that a parish which has not been subject to chancel liability in the past will continue to be free from liability, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.

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Which search enquiries should the Easthampstead conveyancing solicitor get for a Easthampstead property?

A.

The regular conveyancing protocol is to get Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW) and Environmental and perhaps specific searches, which may include a British Waterways Search.

Q.

My agent has suggested a property lawyer that they have used before. Will it be cheaper to use them?

A.

Estate agent recommendations are a not uncommon path for purchasers to get a solicitor. Such referrals must be carefully considered, as some agents may 'recommend' the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.

Q.

Is a property survey a good idea when purchasing property?

A.

It is recommended that Easthampstead buyers book a house surveyor to undertake a survey if buying in Easthampstead. Buyers should be aware that there are a range of issues that affect a property, including dry rot and severe weathering, and issues such as these are not likely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.

Q.

What is the council tax on a Thirties semi-detached property in Easthampstead?

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In general, the conveyancing report on title will contain the Bracknell Forest council tax band. Council tax charges for Easthampstead are tabled on the Bracknell Forest council website. At the time of writing on 18 September 2012 rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £912.00
  • Band B - £1,064.00
  • Band C - £1,216.00
  • Band D - £1,368.00
  • Band E - £1,672.00
  • Band F - £1,975.00
  • Band G - £2,279.00
  • Band H - £2,735.00

 
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