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Conveyancing in Gloucestershire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/17

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Gloucestershire's nearest station is Stroud. The closest airport to Gloucestershire is Gloucester Airport (11 miles s). Defford Airport (disused) Airport is 25 miles away.

Stroud Maternity is a nearby hospital.


How do we find affordable conveyancing in Gloucestershire?


Numerous conveyancers purport to offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately extra fees are often hiding in the solicitor's terms, left unread by preoccupied homeowners Any disbursements to be paid should also be included on your conveyancing quote Additional fees found in the terms should be reasonable and be applicable if the lawyer is required to perform tasks outside a normal transaction , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.


Does the solicitor in Gloucestershire apply for any searches on the Gloucestershire Edwardian detached property I want to buy?


The routine procedure will be to get Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search and Environmental, and possibly specific searches for example Official Search of whole without priority.


If I am buying in the parish of Longhope, do we need a chancel search?


A conveyancing lawyer might recommend that a chancel search is ordered. Chancel repair has the potential to be charged on new owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils have previously chosen not to do so, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.


As a result of the major flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England we are questioning if environmental searches aren't exacting enough?

Environmental searches conducted by the conveyancer in Gloucestershire will also include the far more detailed search (Landmark) if it is felt necessary.

If you remain still apprehensive make enquiries with a neighbour.


I am on a very small budget. Will doing the conveyancing myself without a conveyancing solicitor in Gloucestershire help save any cash?


It can certainly possible to handle the conveyancing on your own. The truth is however that a conveyancer is familiar with a large array of functions including chasing mortgage offer and notifying parties of completion which need a qualified solicitor. Furthermore solicitors must carry insurance cover to protect you from any professional losses you encounter made by the lawyer.


I am bidding at a property auction and need ensure fast conveyancing, what should we do?


Firstly, a fast transaction is essential to instruct a proactive and experienced solicitor. Beyond that, there are a number of things you as the purchaser can also do to accelerate the process, such as, contacting your solicitor regularly, responding to all correspondence via the fastest means and if you intend to get a house survey, doing so as early as you can.


Our local agent has put forward the law firm who they generally use. Do we need to use them?


Estate agent referrals are a commonplace route to find a solicitor. Such referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, including online or local firms, as some agents choose the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.


Will the Gloucestershire property lawyer tell me about the cost of the council tax for a Band G property prior to exchange?


The solicitor will speak to the relevant council to enquire about the up to date council tax rates, which will then be written in the title report. Correct rates for residents of Gloucestershire are tabled online at the Stroud council website. On 25 October 2012 band rates are:

  • Band A - £1,025.00
  • Band B - £1,196.00
  • Band C - £1,366.00
  • Band D - £1,537.00
  • Band E - £1,879.00
  • Band F - £2,220.00
  • Band G - £2,562.00
  • Band H - £3,074.00