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Conveyancing in Great Barford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/10/17

Living in the area? ;

Great Barford's nearest airport is Luton Airport. Cambridge City Airport is 23 miles away. The closest station to Great Barford is Sandy.

The most convenient hospital is Bedford North Wing.

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How do I find the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Great Barford?

A.

This affects many homeowners who opted for a very cheap quote, only to be stung later in the conveyancing process. Many solicitors promote so-called cheap conveyancing quotes. However additional costs may pad the solicitor's invoice. Any disbursements ought to be listed on your conveyancing quote Additional fees listed in the terms should be fair and clearly defined.

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What searches will my conveyancing solicitor in Great Barford do for a Great Barford house?

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The conventional legal procedure is to obtain Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search and Environment Search and, depending on certain criteria, area-specific searches for instance Contaminated Land.

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Will a report on title prepared by the professional conveyancing solicitor in Great Barford provide details about the applicable rates of the council tax for a Band E building before completion?

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A conveyancer will contact the appropriate Central Bedfordshire local council to ascertain the latest council tax band and rates, which will then be included in the title report. Council tax charges for residents of Great Barford are set out online at the Central Bedfordshire council site. At the time of authoring (17 February 2013) the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,098.00
  • Band B - £1,281.00
  • Band C - £1,464.00
  • Band D - £1,647.00
  • Band E - £2,012.00
  • Band F - £2,378.00
  • Band G - £2,744.00
  • Band H - £3,293.00

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I am on a tight deadline, and would like get fast conveyancing, how could we speed up the process?

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Contacting a proactive and experienced solicitor is the key to fast Great Barford conveyancing. That said, there are a number of tasks you can do to get moving sooner. These include:

  • calling or emailing the solicitor, and chase them if you suspect any delays
  • completing all forms as soon as possible
  • arranging any finances require to complete the purchase

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What conservation areas are there in Great Barford?

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The areas in or near Great Barford include a range of areas of architectural merit recorded as areas of conservation. Great Barford itself is named as a conservation area. A lawyer will discuss what specific restrictions are in place and offer more information for conservation areas in Great Barford.

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We are buying a £1011000. What should be calculated for stamp duty?

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The Stamp Duty you pay will rely on several factors, including the value of the property, and whether it is in a 'disadvantaged area'. For a residential property sold for £1011000, SDLT is £50550.

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What authority is obliged for overseeing the condition of the conservation areas in Great Barford?

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English Heritage, a government body, have created records of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas. Local Great Barford conservation areas are designated by the local Central Bedfordshire planning authority, who are responsible for the state of the area including things like billboards, addition of hard standings to front and what can be demolished.

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How can my Great Barford property solicitor report on the potential risk of flooding in the Great Barford area?

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An important part of the legal due diligence procedure involves a conveyancing solicitor making an application for property environmental searches that provide you with specific information about the potential the local Great Barford flood risk. A significantly more detailed conveyancing search, for instance the Landmark search, will often be suggested by the solicitor in Great Barford if the results of the initial searches show a flood risk.