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Conveyancing in Harmondsworth Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/04/17

Commuting from the Harmondsworth area? ;

Motorists are well served with Harmondsworth enjoying good road access roughly 1/2 mile of Junction 4b Eastbound of the M4.

Harmondsworth's closest airport is Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport (1 mile). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 2 miles, London City Airport is 23 miles, London Heliport Airport is 13 miles, Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 20 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 3 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 6 miles, Elstree Airport is 14 miles, White Waltham Airport is 13 miles, Blackbushe Airport is 20 miles, London Biggin Hill Airport is 25 miles and Booker Airport is 17 miles away. The closest train station to Harmondsworth is Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3.

Hillingdon Uxbridge is a nearby hospital for Harmondsworth.

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I am looking for a cheap solicitor to purchase a house. and what is included?

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Confusion over this topic catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many conveyancers purport to offer theoretically cheap conveyancing. Unfortunately additional costs may be added into the terms of engagement. Your quote should list any disbursements to be paid. Any additional charges included in the small print should be reasonable and clear. We offer quotes, not estimates, and clearly state all legal fees you pay for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Do fixtures and fittings include things like bathroom suites?

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Usually, fixtures are fixed elements, such as built-in wardrobes to the property, whereas fixtures are free-standing. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction. This can make the clarification of any difference of opinion so important.

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We are buying in Harmondsworth on a recently-developed brownfield land. Can the soil still be contaminated?

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Harmondsworth's local area has a history of contamination from agriculture or industry, like much of the UK. Environment search results will factor contaminants, including metals and others such as water contaminants such as hydrocarbons.

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How much will searches cost?

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Searches range in cost. Searches are disbursements paid to a third party, and will not be included in the quoted conveyancing fees.

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What are our options if we acquire a Harmondsworth semi detached house in a Hillingdon local authority conservation area ?

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Part of the property legal includes ordering of LLC1 searches of Hillingdon local authority to determine conservation area status and the existence of permission for any developments. In the absence of any consents, your solicitor will recommend the best alternatives, which include requesting from the appropriate local authority or taking out indemnity insurance.

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Is there an authority that has any detailed data the status of the conservation areas in Harmondsworth?

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Conservation areas in Harmondsworth e.g. building materials used, addition of unsympathetic windows or ugly shop fronts are administered by the local authority (Hillingdon). English Heritage, a government body, have assembled a list on the condition of conservation areas as well as the trend of the area.

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Do I need to get a home buyers survey for this house purchase?

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It is strongly recommended that all buyers in Harmondsworth instruct a home surveyor to perform a survey. Buyers should be aware that there are many problems that can negatively affect a property, which will not be covered by the legal work, including roof damage.

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My estate agent has offered a property solicitor. Will it be more cost-effective to use this solicitor?

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Agent recommendations are a commonplace path for purchasers to get a solicitor. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, some agents choose the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.

 
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