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Conveyancing in Halesowen Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

Commuting to the Halesowen area? ;

Halesowen is about 1.4 miles off the M5 Junction 3 Southbound.

Halesowen's closest train station is Old Hill at 2 miles and Halesowen's closest airport is Wolverhampton Business Airport Airport. Birmingham Airport is 14 miles, and Defford Airport (disused) Airport is 25 miles away.

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Halesowen attractions and landmarks

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Halesowen Abbey English Heritage and Hagley Hall Historic Houses Association are easily accessible from Halesowen.

The most convenient hospital is West Midlands Halesowen.

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We are trying to find a property solicitor that offers cheap conveyancing in Halesowen. because we are on a limited budget.

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Many homeowners seeking discount conveyancing are caught out by the lure of very low conveyancing rates, and many solicitors claim to offer cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra charges are frequently hidden in the terms. Our quotes offer a clear statement of your solicitors fees for a standard purchase or sale.

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Should we order a chancel search if we are purchasing in the parish of Kelham, near Halesowen?

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Regardless of the Halesowen parish in which you are buying, the conveyancing lawyer could advise that a chancel search be ordered. Although some parish councils have taken the decision to exact chancel repairs on the owners of affected property, it is not possible to be certain that a parish where dues have not recently been paid will remain liability-free for new owners.

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What are Halesowen's 'conveyancing searches'?

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Conveyancing searches are common set of enquiries requested by the conveyancing lawyer, including an environmental search. Searches are very useful whether buying with a mortgage or not, but will only cover issues with the property's title.

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In what ways does the conveyancer in Halesowen advise on the risk and history of possible flooding to properties in Halesowen on an Edwardian property we are intending to purchase?

A qualified residential property conveyancing lawyer will apply for standard protocol environmental searches, which include Halesowen flood risk area data information.

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We are buying on a newly development brownfield site. What should we do regarding selenium top-soil contamination?

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Though the dangers are usually minor, where substances causing significant pollution of surface waters or groundwater are found the land will be defined as 'contaminated'. Metal contamination of top-soil in Halesowen is more likely to occur near former industrial sites. Data on other contaminants, like water contaminants such as oil and insecticides, will also be included in an environmental search.

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Environmental searches may be conveyancing protocol but considering climate change such as the serious flooding last year in the Midlands are they still appropriate to verify sufficient information about the Halesowen flood risk?

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Flood searches handled by your Halesowen conveyancer will also include the far more detailed search (Landmark) if the risk is deemed significant.

It could be worth trying to also contact a neighbour of the property to gain additional comfort.

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Doing ones own conveyancing without using a Halesowen conveyancing solicitor is becoming possible when buying a home. Would it actually be insensible ?

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In theory, there is no reason why a seller cannot look after the legal process on your own. The truth is however that a solicitor is in charge of a long list of exercises including raising additional enquiries or handling retentions some of which really need a skilled professional.

Nonetheless legal practices are required by their regulator to be covered by relevant insurance cover that ultimately protects you in the event of carelessness.

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How do you calculate stamp duty in Halesowen, and how much do we need to pay on a £208000 residence?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax will depend on several factors, primarily the value of the house or flat. On a £208000 property, stamp duty will be £2080 (accurate March 2013).

 
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