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Conveyancing in Maidenhead Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/04/17

Maidenhead transport information

Motorists are well served with Maidenhead being well placed with very convenient major road access of Junction 9 Northbound of the A404M.

Maidenhead's closest station is Maidenhead. The nearest airport to Maidenhead is White Waltham, Waltham Rd Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 12 miles, London Heliport Airport is 24 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 11 miles s, Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 17 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 13 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 14 miles, Elstree Airport is 20 miles, White Waltham Airport is 3 miles, Blackbushe Airport is 15 miles and Booker Airport is 7 miles away.

St Marks Maidenhead is the most convenient hospital.


What are the best rates for conveyancing for a £606,000 property?


This catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many firms promote cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately additional costs are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms. The conveyancing quote should also state any disbursements. Extra charges included in your solicitor's terms ought to be fair. Based on the property you intend to buy, our online quote calculator will generate an accurate statement of conveyancing fees.


What will fees for searches total?


With a Homeward Legal solicitor, Maidenhead clients are required to pay no more than £249 for Maidenhead conveyancing searches. Searches are disbursements paid to a third party, and will not be included in your solicitor's fees.


The current owner has installed conspicuous doors on the building in Maidenhead which I think may conflict with conservation area rules


Your solicitor is required to find out whether the property is within a designated conservation area, and if so whether any modifications have appropriate permissions.


What will the council tax cost me on a residential Band an apartment in Maidenhead?

The council tax band should, more often than not, be highlighted as part of the conveyancing report on title along with the local authority. The latest tax charges for properties in Maidenhead are detailed on the South Bucks local authority site. At the time of authoring on 13 September 2012 rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £993.00
  • Band B - £1,158.00
  • Band C - £1,324.00
  • Band D - £1,489.00
  • Band E - £1,820.00
  • Band F - £2,151.00
  • Band G - £2,482.00
  • Band H - £2,978.00


How long should the legal work to sell a house take? We have a buyer ready.


The time required to transfer residential property varies, influenced by a number of issues such as matters where a property has a mortgage. 8 to 12 weeks is the average for many firms, whereas Homeward Legal aim for faster conveyancing, driving the transaction to complete within 6 to 8 weeks.


There are a lot of books about doing your own conveyancing when selling a home - Would it be a silly move to enact the legals on our own?


Technically, there is no reason at all why a home buyer cant complete the legal process unaided. That said, a conveyancing solicitor is familiar with a huge array of actions such as interpreting replies to enquiries or maintaining constant communication with agents many of which are more safely handled with appropriate a qualified professional. AT any rate solicitors firms are duty bound to be covered by appropriate insurance cover in order to protect you in the event of any errors.


We are intending to purchase a rectory in the parish of Wallingford St Peter. Will a chancel search be required?


A solicitor responsible for your move is likely to recommend a chancel search, whichever parish where the home being bought is located. Through some Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have taken the decision to exact chancel repairs on the current owners of land subject to chancel liability, it is not possible to be certain that a parish which has not imposed liability will remain liability-free for new owners, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.


Are there any conservation areas in Maidenhead?


Conservation areas qualify neighbourhoods of 'special architectural and historic interest'. The benefits of such restrictions will include protection for trees and other flora, but they create additional maintenance and repair responsibilities.