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Conveyancing in Grantham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Grantham -

By road: Grantham is served by the A1, A52 and A607. By rail: The nearest train station is Grantham. By air: Grantham is closest to East Midlands and Peterborough Business Airports (both 36 miles).

Hospital: Grantham and District, 101 Manthorpe Road, Grantham, NG31 8DG. Council: South Kesteven District (www.southkesteven.gov.uk).

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At what point do we need to speak to a conveyancing solicitor for our move in Grantham?

If you choose a solicitor with 'no move, no fee' protection, the earlier, the better, as conveyancing involves several tasks that can be carried out straight away. Prompt instruction of a conveyancing firm for a sale means that paperwork can be prepared, even before a buyer is found. If you are buying, then you will have the details of your solicitor ready for when you make an offer. For the best and clearest quote, why not try our quote calculator? Or, if you want to talk to someone, you could call our expert team on 0800 038 6699. All our quotes are backed up with a ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

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I am intending to buy in Grantham, but is it that important to order conveyancing searches?

These conveyancing searches are queries that are requested by the property solicitor, and include environmental, local council, water and drainage, and specific searches such as a coal mining or chancel search. Purchasers need to be aware that these searches only relate to issues and defects relating to the property's legal title, and not the structural integrity of the building. For that to be assessed, you will need to appoint a building surveyor.

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How much will the searches be on a semi-detached house in Grantham?

The cost of conveyancing searches does vary, depending on the house, its location, and whether you are part-financing the purchase with a mortgage. Searches are disbursements paid to a third party and passed on to you at cost. Homeward Legal always makes it clear what disbursement costs are before going ahead with the action.

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Do we need to choose the property lawyer suggested by the estate agent in Market Harborough?

Both agents and mortgage brokers will push a solicitor, particularly if the legal firm pays for the privilege. Such referrals should be compared with the alternatives, as there is a risk that the agent may suggest the conveyancer who pays out the highest referralfee, and not the law firm with the best reputation. Try out our quote calculator, or call our team on 0800 038 6699 for your free, fixed-fee quote and to discuss your conveyancing needs.

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What sort of local authority searches with respect to the uncertain risk of flooding in Lincolnshire will a property lawyer in Grantham be able to carry out?

A vital component in the legal due diligence procedure of buying a property involves the solicitor making an application for conveyancing searches that give you specific information on the Grantham flood-risk, based on historical data. Should the level of risk be significant enough to warrant it, your solicitor might advise a more in-depth flood-risk search be ordered. This is a disbursement and is passed on to you at cost.

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I would prefer to complete on the legal work on a freehold flat in Grantham inside a month, but are Homeward Legal fast-working solicitors?

Our expert solicitors have a thoroughly proactive approach to completing the conveyancing to suit a client’s timeframe. Homeward Legal’s panel of solicitors will always communicate end-to-end throughout the buyer and seller chain and they always use the latest case and workflow technology to push through the legal work fast. Call our waiting team on 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote.

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The property-seller appears to have added artificial stone-cladding on the maisonette in Grantham, which we think might possibly violate conservation-area criteria. What do we need to do?

A conveyancing solicitor will confirm whether your proposed purchase is located within a conservation area (which is a location designated to be of architectural or historical interest). If that is the case, they will also establish whether any alterations have the required consent from the local planning authority. If no necessary permissions can be supplied, the solicitor will give you professional advice on the best alternatives, which include purchasing an indemnity policy or obtaining retrospective consent from South Kesteven local authority.

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I have got a quote from you for my sale in Grantham, but might we be billed any additional fees?

We never hide any extra fees in our quotes for the conveyancing to buy or sell your home in Grantham. Some conveyancers, though, give 'quotes' that are in fact estimates, which they will not be required to adhere to. Homeward Legal’s quotes are completely transparent: with us, what you see is what you get! Why not give our waiting team a call on 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote protected by our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee? Or try our online quote calculator.

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As a result of the flooding in Sept 2012 in the East Midlands I am wondering if flood searches might not be exacting enough?

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Conveyancing searches applied for by the property lawyer in Grantham should also include a more detailed Landmark flood search if the risk is deemed significant.

If you are still concerned you can approach a future neighbour or local Lincolnshire flood repair expert e.g. Macgregor Rory, 32 Coverley Rd, South Witham, Grantham, NG33 5SP Tel: 01572 767115.

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Which local authority is responsible for Grantham?

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Grantham is located in South Kesteven District Council, Council Offices, St Peters Hill, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6PZ, phone: 01476 406 080

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What is the council tax on a period mid-terrace Band E home in Grantham?

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Frequently a title report will cover the appropriate South Kesteven council tax band. Council tax rates for homes in Grantham are listed online at the South Kesteven council website. Currently, 02 March 2013, the rates are:

  • Band A - £944.00
  • Band B - £1,102.00
  • Band C - £1,259.00
  • Band D - £1,417.00
  • Band E - £1,731.00
  • Band F - £2,046.00
  • Band G - £2,361.00
  • Band H - £2,833.00

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At what point do you need to speak to a conveyancing solicitor in Grantham?

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If you choose a solicitor with 'no move, no fee' protection, the earlier, the better, as conveyancing involves several tasks that can be carried out straight away. Prompt instruction of a conveyancing firm for a sale means that paperwork can be prepared, even before a buyer is found, whereas if you are buying you will the details of your Grantham solicitor ready when you make an offer.

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Is your solicitor team set up to very fast completions on the conveyancing of residential property auction properties in Grantham?

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Our firm often carry out work for buyers at auction. Our niche auction team of solicitors and licensed conveyancers have in the past been instructed by numerous buyers and sellers at national and local auctions, for example Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Wise auction buyers will appoint a local conveyancing company as quickly as they can for a detailed report of the sellers pack well in advance of the day of the auction.

Post day of bidding your experienced lawyer is fully ready for completing the legal side of things inside a month as usually required .

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I have got a quote from you. May we be billed any additional costs?

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We never hide any extra, hidden fees to buy or sell a home in Grantham. Some conveyancers give 'quotes' which are in fact estimates, which they will not be required to adhere to.

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Do we need to choose a property lawyer suggested by the estate agent in Market Harborough?

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Both agents and mortgage brokers will push a solicitor. Such referrals should be compared against alternatives, as there is a risk that the agent may suggest the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.