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Conveyancing in Falconwood Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/04/17

Falconwood area information

Erith London Windmill, Eltham Palace English Heritage and Museum of the Royal Arttillery:Firepower Aviation Museum are in Falconwood.

The nearest train station to Falconwood is Welling, about a mile away and London City Airport is 3 miles from Falconwood. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 23 miles, London Heliport Airport is 12 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 24 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 24 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 23 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 22 miles, Elstree Airport is 22 miles, Rochester Airport is 20 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 10 miles away.

The nearest hospital is Memorial Eltham.

Q.

How do we find a cheap solicitor quote for buying a property?

A.

The confusion over this issue catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors claim to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing', but extra charges are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms. Any additional costs included in the small print should be clearly defined. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

Q.

Will I need a property surveyor to look into our house purchase?

A.

It is strongly advised that all purchasers book a building survey. It is a fact that there are a range of problems that have a negative impact on a property, for example wet rot, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.

Q.

Does the High Speed 2 route impact Hanwell?

A.

Yes. High Speed 2 will likely be an issue in a number of properties in Hanwell. An HS2 search should clear up any anxiety for buyers which may be affected by the line.

Q.

How long should it take my designated property solicitor to conduct the conveyancing process for a maisonette in a forties home?

A.

The legal process can take anywhere from around a month and twelve weeks dependent on a number of issues e.g. the efficiency of the sellers solicitor, or whether the property is leasehold, Freehold or share of freehold.

Q.

What is the council tax on a Thirties mid-terrace Band F house in Falconwood?

A.

You will be supply your new house's council tax band in the conveyancing report on title. The correct rates for homes in Falconwood are listed on the Bexley local authority site. At the time of authoring, 16 December 2012, band rates are:

  • Band A - £957.00
  • Band B - £1,116.00
  • Band C - £1,276.00
  • Band D - £1,435.00
  • Band E - £1,754.00
  • Band F - £2,073.00
  • Band G - £2,392.00
  • Band H - £2,871.00

Q.

How much will searches cost?

A.

The cost of conveyancing searches will vary somewhat, depending on the searches required. Conveyancing searches are disbursements.

Q.

In respect of the Met Office warning of more intense rainfall, I am apprehensive that conveyancing searches (environmental) may not be exacting enough?

A.

The property lawyer in Falconwood will suggest that you include property conveyancing searches if the standard searches flag up a risk of flooding in Falconwood

For greater assurance you may be able to get in touch with a close neighbour.

Q.

The home being bought is on a ex-industrial use land. Is the topsoil potentially contaminated by waste minerals like beryllium?

A.

Most top-soils in Falconwood have some degree of contamination, from agriculture or industry. Data on many contaminants, such as water contaminants such as petrol and fertilisers, will be included in an environmental search.

 
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