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Conveyancing in Hockley Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

Hockley area info

Rayleigh Mount National Trust , Rayleigh Windmill, South Woodham Ferrers Marsh Farm Country Park and Hadleigh Castle Country Park Country Park are near to Hockley.

Hockley station is almost 1 mile from Hockley and Hockley's nearest airport is London, Southend Airport. London Airport is 4 miles, Clacton Airport is 25 miles and Rochester Airport is 19 miles away.

The nearest hospital is Southend, University.

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We need to find a cheap solicitor to purchase a freehold property. What do I need to check for?

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Various law firms promote so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing', but additional costs are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms of engagement, left unregarded by busy buyers Any additional charges listed in the terms needs to be fair. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

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Could our legal fees introduce any supplementary hidden fees?

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Our solicitors never hide any additional fees to transfer a property. Under the circumstances, it may be that a separate matter is also required, purchase of the freehold, for example, but you will be made aware of any fees relating to this.

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In what ways can the conveyancer in Hockley advise us on the risk and history of possible flooding to properties in Hockley?

An important component in the legal process involves your solicitor making an application for environmental searches for information with regard to Hockley flood risk area data.

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What is the explanation why the sale conveyancing process requires weeks?

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The legal work needed to sell or purchase a property will sometimes suffer setbacks for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, these reasons are unfortunately beyond the conveyancing solicitor's influence. We endeavour to reduce the consequences of these delays by pushing all parties involved. Delays may include the time taken to return management information.

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At what point should I instruct a conveyancer?

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If you choose a firm with 'no move, no fee' protection, earlier is preferable, as the legal work can begin very early in the process. A number of sources recommend postponing instruction until an offer has been firmly agreed, but doing so will put you at a disadvantage compared to better prepared buyers, or if your buyer decides to pull out due to delays.

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What can searches cost?

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Conveyancing searches ranges in cost, depending on the searches chosen. Searches are disbursements paid to a third party, and are not included in a quote for solicitor's fees.

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Will I need a building survey?

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It is suggested that purchasers book a house surveyor to perform a survey. It is a fact that there are a range of concerns that can negatively affect a property, that a solicitor will be unable to address, for example cracks around door frames and wet rot.

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If we are intending to buy in the parish of Little Burstead, do we need a chancel search?

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Your property lawyer should confirm that a chancel search be ordered, irrespective of the parish where the home being bought is located. In older areas of Hockley, chancel repair dues can be collected on current owners of a home where parish councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners, so it can be difficult to use this as a guide.

 
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