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Conveyancing in Guildford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/07/17

Living in the area? ;

In reference to the most recent (2011) national census Guildford's population is 725,368 spread over an area of 401,695 acres which equals a density of population of 1.8 people per acre.

Guildford's nearest airport is Farnborough (TAG London) Airport (10 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 18 miles, London Heliport Airport is 24 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 19 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 18 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 17 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 24 miles, White Waltham Airport is 20 miles and Blackbushe Airport is 14 miles away. The closest train station to Guildford is Guildford London Road.

Mount Alvernia Guildford is the nearest hospital to Guildford.

Q.

Can you confirm your cheapest fee for a £500,000 home? We need a fixed rate conveyancing estimate in Guildford.

A.

Many solicitors purport to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but additional costs will be included in the solicitor's terms of engagement. This small print is often not read by buyers in a hurry. The conveyancing quote should also clearly state applicable disbursements. Any additional costs included in the small print should be fair and clearly defined and only come into force where your solicitor is required to complete extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes are not estimates, stating all the solicitors fees you will pay for a standard sale or purchase.

Q.

If a contaminated plot is found in an Guildford environmental search, can the soil be remediated?

A.

Remediation may be possible, though expensive, and a local service provider like Spooners Turf Ltd, Oak Hill, Wood Street Village, Guildford, GU3 3ES can provide more detail.

Q.

We ideally want to complete on the conveyancing process on our home in a narrow time frame, are you fast Guildford solicitors ?

A.

Our lawyers always have a take charge style when fulfilling the conveyancing work to suit a clients time frame.

Our conveyancers approach to conveyancing is to employ cutting edge case management systems . Crucially we always allocate you a solicitor prepared to communicate with all parties in the buyer and seller chain .

Q.

Do your lawyers conduct the conveyancing for property auction properties in Guildford?

A.

Our property lawyers commonly do the legal work for buyers and sellers at auction. Our auction team conveyancers have previously acted for countless buyers at local auctions that include Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Wise purchasers know to choose a qualified property conveyancing lawyer as soon as possible to allow enough time for a review of the auction pack well in advance of the property auction date. After the auction day itself your experienced conveyancing lawyer is fully ready for quickly finishing the legal side of things inside the limited time frame as required .

Q.

Does the conveyancing solicitor in Guildford tell me about the cost of the council tax on a Band A maisonette before exchanging contracts?

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Your conveyancer will contact the Guildford local council to enquire about the most up to date council tax band and rates, which will be detailed in the title report. The latest tax charges for Guildford are set out in detail at the Guildford council website. At the time of writing on 26 January 2013 the different rates are:

  • Band A - £1,013.00
  • Band B - £1,182.00
  • Band C - £1,351.00
  • Band D - £1,519.00
  • Band E - £1,857.00
  • Band F - £2,195.00
  • Band G - £2,532.00
  • Band H - £3,039.00

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Will my Guildford lawyer report back on the risk and history of a flood at Guildford?

A.

A vital component in the legal due diligence procedure of purchasing a property involves the conveyancer carrying out property conveyancing searches that give specific information regarding risk of flooding in Guildford. A substantially more detailed flood risk search (e.g. Landmark) might be advocated by your Guildford conveyancing solicitor if in the event that the environmental search show that there is a flood risk.

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Will we need a home buyers survey for this property purchase?

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We heavily advise that home buyers in Guildford instruct a home surveyor to undertake a survey. Buyers should be aware that there are many problems that can affect a property, that a solicitor will be unable to address. These include cracks around door frames.

Q.

Guildford property lawyers do a variety of property if instructed to act for a home buyer,, but which particular searches?

A.

When taking out a mortgage the building society of bank expects these searches - Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW) and Environmental, and occasionally less common searches for instance Company Searches.

 
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