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Conveyancing in Hartlepool Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/07/17

Commuting from the area? ;

The nearest airport to Hartlepool is Darlington, Durham Tees Valley Airport (13 miles). and the nearest station to Hartlepool is Hartlepool.

University of North Tees & Hartlepool is the neighbouring hospital.


How do we get the cheapest conveyancing solicitors?


Misleading conveyancing quotes catch out many buyers, leaving them to pay sometimes £100s more than planned. Many firms offer so-called cheap conveyancing. Unfortunately extra fees are frequently hidden in the terms. Additional fees should be reasonable and clear and be applicable solely where your solicitor must perform additional tasks for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The online quote calculator can generate an accurate statement of the legal fees for the property you plan to buy.


I am intending to buy a medieval barn conversion in Cornhill on Tweed. Will we need a chancel search?


Your conveyancing solicitor is likely to recommend a chancel search, irrespective of the parish in which the home being purchased is found. In Hartlepool's much older areas, chancel repair dues can be collected on the owners of a home where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) may have not done so in the past. It is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.


What would our searches be?


Conveyancing searches ranges in cost, depending on the specific searches which have been ordered. A conveyancing solicitor will order a bundle generally including a mining search and an environmental search.


The internet has plenty of helpful books on the subject of doing your own legal work for example House Buying, Selling and Conveyancing: How to Save Estate Agent and Solicitor Fees When Buying or Selling Property by Joseph Bradshaw and Georgia Bedworth . Do I actually want to use a property solicitor in Hartlepool ?

If you are so inclined do so, you can conceivably engage in the greater part of the legal work without engaging a professional Hartlepool property solicitor .

The truth is however that a Hartlepool lawyer typically handles a long list of exercises ranging from chasing replies to requisitions and identifying conservation area breaches which require a skilled professional. Even more importantly DIY lawyers are taking risks without the appropriate professional indemnity insurance which all solicitors firms are under a duty to have.


We are buying a property where the seller has unfortunately fitted ill-suited windows on the property in Hartlepool which we think might possibly break conservation area criteria


Your instructed property lawyer to identify whether the property is inside a conservation area and whether any alterations have requisite permission.


Is there something I can do to avoid paying for stamp duty to the Revenue?


Stamp duty scheme should be treated with extreme caution in Hartlepool. These schemes are often uneconomical and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later.


I am looking to move out of our detached residence in Hartlepool to a abode in Durham . At what point to book a removal company?


Best practice is for home movers to avoid booking the removals company until the point where both sides have set an absolute completion date which occurs once final contracts are signed. Local removals firms include Sandersons, Tofts Farm Ind Est West/Brenda Rd, Hartlepool, TS25 2BQ Telephone: 01740 622022 or ACE, Tees Bay Business Pk/Brenda Rd, Hartlepool, TS25 2BU on 01429 269222.


Which elements assist with ensuring a fast conveyancing transaction?


Many buyers will, correctly, argue that contacting a communicative property lawyer is the key to a fast conveyancing transaction. Ask these questions when identifying your conveyancer:

  • Was there a delay delivering a quote?
  • Which communication methods do they use? Days can be wasted waiting for letters in the post which could be emailed or faxed.
  • Will they order searches immediately?