Conveyancing in Halifax Q & As
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Conveyancing in Halifax Q & As

When buying, selling or remortgaging in Halifax, you will need to instruct a lawyer to complete the legal work on your behalf.

The solicitors in our network at Homeward Legal have many years’ experience of conveyancing in Halifax and across West Yorkshire. Our proactive and pragmatic approach means we often complete the process faster than other firms.

Transport and public service information if you are buying or selling residential property in Halifax

  • By road: Excellent major road access via the M62.
  • By rail: The nearest train station is Halifax.
  • By air: Leeds Bradford Airport is approximately 19 miles from Halifax.
  • Hospital: Calderdale Royal, Halifax, HX3 0PW.
  • Council: Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (www.calderdale.gov.uk).

Could my property legal fees include any extra charges?

At Homeward Legal, we do not have any extra or hidden charges for any reason. You should be aware that some conveyancers give 'quotes' which are in fact estimates, with extra costs hidden in the terms of engagement. The final bill you receive may then be much more than you expected. Homeward Legal’s quote, covered by the ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee, includes all applicable disbursements and costs, which are clearly displayed.

Is soil remediation of contaminated property available in Halifax?

Remediation of contaminated land is often possible. It is usually the responsibility of the local authorities. For further information, it is worth contacting a local specialist, such as EcoSoils, Unit 1, Farrar Mill, Rookery Lane, Halifax, HX3 0PY (Tel: 07816 163189).

Is a home-buyers’ survey a good idea when purchasing a residential property in Halifax?

Homeward Legal firmly recommends that all purchasers arrange a home surveyor. There can be a wide range of problems that have a negative impact on a property (for example, dry rot or subsidence) and issues such as these are very unlikely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing process.

What sort of environmental checks for the uncertain risk of flooding in Yorkshire West Riding would a Halifax lawyer apply for?

Your conveyancing lawyer will apply for conveyancing and environmental searches that should include flood risk data for the Halifax and West Yorkshire areas. The environmental searches applied for by the lawyer should also include a more rigorous search (with the Landmark Information Group) if the results indicate the necessity. It could be worth chatting with one of your future neighbours in Halifax to gain more insight.

Our lender will be Alliance and Leicester. What will we need to consider?

When taking out a mortgage to buy a property, your lender will require legal work to be carried out on their behalf. In some cases lenders are now reducing the size of their 'solicitor panel', thereby potentially creating higher legal costs for buyers. Homeward Legal, however, are able to act on behalf of all large lenders approved by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

We are looking to move from our period property in Halifax into a bigger flat in Guiseley. What is the optimum stage to book a house removal firm?

The ideal approach to booking a removals company is for you to hold off agreeing a removal company until after both sides have set a firm moving date, which occurs once the signing of contracts has been completed. For more information on movers in Halifax, try:

  • Michaels of Halifax, 58 Free School Lane, Halifax, HX1 2PW (Tel: 07732 719241)
  • Reliance Removals, 37 Clapton Avenue, Halifax, HX1 3XB (Tel: 01422 250038)

Would the form for fixtures and fittings include items like rugs?

Primarily, fixtures are affixed to the property and cannot be straightforwardly detached (such as wall light switches), while fittings can be more easily removed (such as curtains, lampshades, or rugs). Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, at which point a dispute may arise and put the move in jeopardy. This can make the clarification of any difference of opinion on what is to be left at the property so important. Contact Homeward Legal to get advice from our property experts.

Why does purchase conveyancing in Halifax have so many delays?

The legal work required to buy or sell property can be held up by myriad unpredictable issues (for example, a common delay is caused by someone in the chain waiting for a mortgage offer). Homeward Legal seek to mitigate the cost of any impact by driving the transaction forward and communicating with everyone along the chain.