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Conveyancing in Guildford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/10/17

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

By road: Guildford is served by the A3, A246 and A281. By rail: The nearest train station is Guildford. By air: Of the nearest airports accessible from Guildford, TAG London Farnborough Airport is 15 miles away, Blackbushe Airport is 18, London Heathrow Airport is 22, London Heliport 28, Northolt Jet Centre 31 and London Gatwick Airport is 34 miles.

Hospital: Royal Surrey County, Egerton Road, Guildford, GU2 7XX. Council: Guildford Borough Council (www.guildford.gov.uk).

Attractions: Guildford Castle, Guildford Cathedral, Polesden Lacey, Winkworth Arboretum, Watts Gallery, and Guilford Lido.

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

While many online and high-street solicitors claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', there may well be costs not overtly stated hidden amongst the small print of the terms of engagement. Any conveyancing quote should clearly state all the fees and any applicable disbursements, so that you know what your final conveyancing bill will be. At Homeward Legal, our quotes are not estimates and we provide a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs.

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Do we need a chancel search? We are buying a converted vicarage next to parish grounds in Guildford.

Chancel liability can require owners in Guildford to pay for repairs to specific local church buildings. After the passing of an Act in 2002, any interest over any affected land by the Parochial Councils must have been registered. This makes the chancel search much easier. Your conveyancing solicitor can provide more details, although it is advisable to check, since any claims for refurbishment could run into thousands of pounds. Your solicitor will also advise if appropriate insurance needs to be taken out. Guildford ecclesiastical properties include:

  • Stoughton Emmanuel, Shepherds Lane, Guildford, GU2 9SJ
  • Holy Trinity and St. Mary’s, 5 Trinity Churchyard, High Street, Guildford, GU1 3RR
  • St. Francis’, Beckingham Road, Guildford, GU2 8BU
  • St. John the Evangelist, 222 Epsom Road, Guildford, GU4 7AA
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When, in the process of selling a house in Guildford, should we instruct a conveyancer?

The short answer is: as soon as possible. By appointing a solicitor early in the process, the legal work can start immediately. Some advisors suggest holding off instruction until the offer is accepted, but you will then be at a serious disadvantage in the event of a contract race, or faced with a buyer eager to move quickly. Why don’t you call Homeward Legal’s panel of expert conveyancers for a fixed-fee quote?

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Do you work with many mortgage lenders with Guildford branches?

The Homeward Legal group work with all the major lenders serving Guildford purchasers. Guildford lenders and mortgage specialists include:

  • Yorkshire Building Society, 248 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3JG
  • Complete Mortgages Ltd., Brodie House, Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, GU2 9JX
  • S J P Financial Services, PO Box 1031, Guildford, GU1 9FG
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Will we need a home-buyer’s survey for the purchase of a town-house in the centre of Guildford?

The conveyancing process will not highlight any structural problems with your intended purpose. As such, Homeward Legal strongly advise that home-buyers in Guildford instruct a chartered surveyor to undertake a survey as quickly as is practical. Buyers should be aware that there are many problems that can affect a property, such as cracks around door frames, evidence of damp, or blocked drains.

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We are buying a newly-developed house in Guildford built on a former industrial site. Is the soil potentially contaminated by waste minerals like iron (Fe)?

Given the history of industry and agriculture in parts of Guildford, top-soil contamination is inescapable. The local authority for Guildford will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination, and this will form part of the environmental searches ordered by your solicitor.

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For a fast completion on a three-bedroomed, semi-detached house in Guildford, what do we need to consider?

Primarily, you should contact a proactive solicitor because this is critical to a fast conveyancing transaction. When selecting a solicitor, you should ask yourself these questions:

  • What methods of communication do they use? Posting documents can add days of waiting to a purchase.
  • How soon will they order searches?
  • Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?

Homeward Legal’s solicitors are trained to communicate regularly across the whole chain using phone, fax and email, pushing for updates. Their ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee reinforces the fixed-fee quote. Try the quote calculator, or why not call us on 0800 038 6699.

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

Yes. Homeward Legal’s conveyancing team are experts in handling the conveyancing for buyers and sellers at auctions. You should appoint your solicitor as soon as you are interested in a property because they can review all the legal documentation before the auction. Thus prepared, your solicitor will then be able to complete the conveyancing in the standard four-week timeframe post-auction. But don’t worry if you don’t win the bid because our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee will protect you. Give Homeward Legal’s niche team of auction experts on 0800 038 6699.

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Do we need a chancel search? We are buying next to parish grounds in Guildford.

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Chancel liability can require owners in Guildford to pay for repairs to specific local church buildings. After the passing of an Act in 2002, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013. Your conveyancing solicitor can provide more details. Guildford ecclesiastical properties include Stoughton Emmanuel, St Mary, Westborough St Francis and Stoke-nextSt John the Evangelist.

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

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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 .

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In a few weeks I am anticipating to move from our detached home in Guildford to our next flat in Godstone . At what point to choose a removal company?

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The ideal point is for buyers to wait before making arrangements with the removals until after you have set the moving date that occurs once contracts are signed.

For a local firm Man & Van Surrey, 74 Waterside Rd, Guildford, GU1 1RF Telephone: 07510 790127 or BuzzVans Movers, 17 Moorfield Rd, Slyfield Industrial Estate, Guildford, GU1 1RU on 0871 705 6789.

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Which local authority is responsible for Guildford?

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Guildford is located in Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4BB, Tel: 01483 505 050

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Environmental searches are based on archived records and when you consider recent weather changes for example the extensive flooding in the UK in April 2012, are they sufficient to check enough about the local Guildford flood risk?

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Conveyancing searches carried out by your Guildford conveyancing solicitor should include a more specialist search (Landmark) if it is felt necessary.

If you remain concerned try to speak to a local resident.

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We plan to complete on around 3rd March. How is stamp duty determined?

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The Stamp Duty that is payable will depend on the value of the house. It is £1360 on a £136000 house or flat.

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What length of time does it take the conveyancing solicitor to handle all of the legal formalities on the lower floor of property we want to buy in Guildford?

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It can take anywhere from one month to twelve weeks, which can depend on a number of factors such as the speed of the vendor's solicitor, or renegotiations.