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Conveyancing in Herne Bay Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 11/10/17

Commuting to the area? ;

The nearest station to Herne Bay is Herne Bay. Manston, Kent International Airport is 10 miles from Herne Bay. London Airport is 23 miles and Manston Airport is 11 miles away.

Queen Victoria Memorial Canterbury hospital is relatively close to Herne Bay.

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How do I get the best rates for conveyancing for a £470,000 house?

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Numerous law firms claim to offer so-called cheap conveyancing. Unfortunately additional costs may be added into the small print that sellers and buyers often do not check. Costs needs to be fair and clearly defined. They only apply to matters if the lawyer must complete additional work for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Any disbursements to be paid should also be clearly stated on your quote

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Having heard about the Met Office warning of more intense rainfall, I am apprehensive that conveyancing searches (environmental) aren't exacting enough?

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Flood searches applied for by the Herne Bay solicitor will also include a far more rigorous search (Landmark) if required.

If you are still concerned try to speak to a next door neighbour.

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I plan to buy a restored chapel in Frindsbury. Is a chancel search appropriate?

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Your conveyancing solicitor is likely to recommend that a chancel search is ordered. In Herne Bay's much older areas, chancel repair dues can be collected on the owners of a home where Parochial Church Councils may have spared previous owners or tenants, so it can be difficult to use this as a guide.

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Which specific conveyancing searches will a lawyer in Herne Bay apply for when acting on a Herne Bay house?

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The regular legal procedure will be to get Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search (Con29DW or personal), Environmental and Coal Mining Search and perhaps unique particular e.g. a Land charge Searches.

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Do we need to opt for the property solicitor used by my local agent?

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Your agent will be able to pressure a solicitors firm they refer a large number of clients to, and can therefore persuade a slow solicitor to work faster, however, these referrals must be carefully considered, as there is a risk that an agent may choose the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.

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I am purchasing an extended property in a designated conservation areas, how does one uncover information in respect of the state of repair?

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Conservation areas are specified by the local Canterbury planning authority, who regulate things like upkeep of paths to the thwarting of ugly shop fronts. Following a campaign, English Heritage now maintain a list on the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas in Herne Bay and throughout England along with the trend of the area.

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How soon do I need to instruct a conveyancer to act on our purchase?

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If you choose a conveyancing solicitor with 'no move, no fee' protection, the earlier in the process you can instruct a conveyancing solicitor, the better. The legal work can then commence straight away. Instructing your solicitor sooner can reduce any chance of the sale or purchase aborting.

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For a fast conveyancing process to buy a £467,000 home, what can we do to speed up our conveyancing process?

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Importantly, a fast conveyancing transaction is key is to use a communicative property lawyer. Beyond that, there are a range of things you can also do, such as, requesting regular updates from your property lawyer and keep the pressure on, completing all forms as soon as possible and clarifying your mortgage lender's requirements.