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Conveyancing in Maidenhead Q & A's

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Updated: 14/01/18

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Maidenhead -

By road: Maidenhead is served by the M4, A308, A404(M), A404 and A440. By rail: The nearest train station is Maidenhead. By air: Maidenhead’s proximity to London means that there are eight accessible airports: Wycombe Air Park (10 miles), London Heathrow Airport (15), Blackbushe Airport and Northolt Jet Centre (both 22 miles away), TAG London Farnborough Airport (23), Elstree Aerodrome (36), London Luton Airport (45), and London Gatwick Airport (52 miles).

Hospital: Saint Mark’s, St. Mark’s Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6DU. Council: Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (www.rbwm.gov.uk).

Attractions: Ockwells Manor and Park, Windsor Great Park, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Boulter’s Lock and Ray Mill Island, Thames Path, and Maidenhead Heritage Centre.

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When should we get a conveyancing solicitor to handle our purchase in Maidenhead?

In almost every case, the answer is the same: the sooner you appoint a solicitor, the better. Instructing a firm to handle your Maidenhead conveyancing early for a sale means that the appropriate documents can be prepared earlier, considerably accelerating the whole process. If you are buying, your offer may be taken more seriously if you already have a solicitor involved. Try Homeward Legal’s quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to obtain your fixed-fee quote backed up with our ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee.

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We are planning to buy a newly-constructed home in Maidenhead, so do we need to have searches undertaken?

Searches are a necessary and legally prescribed set of queries performed on your behalf (for example, a British waterways search, contaminant assessment in the environment search, or a local council planning search). Buyers should be aware that these searches will only cover issues and defects relating to the property's legal title and not anything to do with the structural integrity of the property being bought, for which Homeward Legal strongly advises ordering a building survey.

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Why does sale-conveyancing work in Maidenhead take so much time and effort? Isn't it a simple matter of filing paperwork?

Maidenhead conveyancing can be delayed by any number of unpredictable and predictable reasons. However, at Homeward Legal, we aim to diminish the effect of these delays or proactively remove the hurdles before become an issue where practicable. Our solicitors are chosen for their diligence and willingness to go the extra mile to manage your transaction and complete as early as possible. Give our team a call on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your conveyancing needs and to receive your free, fixed-fee quote.

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What will be the SDLT for a £845,000 residence I am purchasing in Maidenhead?

The Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rate depends on a number of factors but principally on the purchase price if it was over £125,000. In the example cited, the duty owed on a property bought for £845,000 would be £32,250. Note that the government’s housing policies may change the rate or the trigger value. You might wish to use a stamp duty calculator like the one at www.stampdutycalculator.org.uk.

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Which mortgage lender panels in Maidenhead are you on?

We have solicitors who have experience working with the majority of lenders who assist home-buyers in Maidenhead, which means that we protect you from having to pay for their legal costs in arranging your mortgage. Lenders and mortgage specialists with offices in and around Maidenhead include:

  • H. C., Cannon Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 3NT
  • AFP Partnership Network, 44 Broadway, Maidenhead, SL6 1LU
  • Astor Mortgage Advisors, Broadway House, 21 Broadway, Maidenhead, SL6 1NJ
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What will the fees for searches total for our Maidenhead move?

With a Homeward Legal solicitor, Maidenhead clients are required to pay no more than £249 for standard Maidenhead conveyancing searches. Searches are disbursements paid to a third party, and will not be included in your solicitor's fees. Give Homeward Legal’s team a call on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your conveyancing requirements and to obtain a free fixed-fee quote.

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Flood-risk searches are standard procedure for home-buyers, but when one considers recent events (e.g. the Met Office projecting more intense rainfall), are they actually good enough to ascertain the evolving local Maidenhead flood-risk?

Environmental searches will be conducted by your property lawyer in Maidenhead, which will include looking at the available data regarding the historical flooding in the area. If the results deem the risk to be significant, your solicitor can also include a more thorough Landmark flood search. If you are still anxious about the flood-risk impact, you could contact a neighbour or perhaps a nearby flood-damage expert, such as: CRL Fire & Flood Damage Ltd., Unit 8, Fullers Yard, Sheephouse Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8HA (Tel: 01628 481612).

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Does Homeward Legal carry out the conveyancing of auction properties in Maidenhead?

Our firm has a long history of working for buyers and sellers at auction. Homeward Legal’s panel of solicitors and conveyancers have acted for numerous bidders at national and local auctions. If you formally instruct a qualified lawyer as early as possible, a full review of the legal papers can be carried out before the auction day itself. Then, following the property auction date, your selected conveyancer will be able to concentrate on briskly finishing all of the legal work within the limited timeframe, as usually required by the conditions of sale. To discuss your needs and to obtain your fixed-fee, ‘No Completion, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our auction experts on 0800 038 6699.

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Does homewardlegal.co.uk do the conveyancing of property auction properties in Maidenhead?

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Our firm is very competent with buyers and sellers at auction. Homeward Legals panel of solicitors and conveyancers have acted for numerous bidders at national and local auctions that, amongst others, include Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Prepared buyers at auction know to formally instruct a qualified conveyancing lawyer as rapidly as possible for a full review. before the day of bidding.

Thereafter, following the property auction date your selected conveyancing lawyer is able to concentrate on briskly finishing all of the legal work within the limited time frame as usually required by the conditions of sale.

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Do you recommend that I get a chancel search? I am buying a Maidenhead apartment next to parsonage land.

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Chancel repair can require owners in Maidenhead to fund upkeep of a church in the area. Insurance may be available to protect a buyer should a Maidenhead Parochial Church Council enforce liability. Church lands in the local area include All Saints , Boyne Hill, Parkside Hall, St Lukes Road, St Andrew and St Mary Magdalene and St Luke's Church.

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We are buying a converted building in a designated conservation areas, where can I find more information concerning the current state of repair of the area?

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Local Maidenhead conservation areas are set up by the local South Bucks planning authority, who are responsible for everything from building materials to the stoppage of derelict buildings. English Heritage have assembled information in relation to the condition of conservation areas along with the trend of the area.

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

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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.

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In a few weeks I am shortly going to move out of our semi detached residence in Maidenhead into our new abode in Hungerford what is the best point to choose a home removal company?

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Most property lawyers tend to advocate that home sellers wait until after contracts have exchanged as an absolute home moving date wont have been set.

For a local company Castle, Banham House/Forest Green Rd, Fifield, Maidenhead, SL6 2NR Telephone: 01628 620064 or Man With A Luton Van, 68 Brunel Rd, Maidenhead, SL6 2RT on 01628 635336.

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Food risk searches are standard procedure for home buyers but when one considers recent events for example the Met Office projecting more intense rainfall in the future are they actually good enough to ascertain enough about the evolving local Maidenhead flood risk?

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Environmental searches conducted by the Maidenhead property lawyer should also include a more thorough Landmark flood search if required.

If you are anxious you could contact a neighbour or nearby Berkshire flood damage expert, such as: CRL Fire & Flood Damage Ltd, 31 Cordwallis Rd, Maidenhead, SL6 7DQ Tel: 01628 407490.

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If Maidenhead land is found to be contaminated, can the soil be remediated?

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If land has been contaminated by previous industrial use, remediation is often feasible, but it can be costly, but this is generally the responsibility of local authorities to arrange, and a local service provider such as Slough & District Turf Supplies, South View/Money Row Green, Holyport, Maidenhead, SL6 2ND may be able to provide more information.