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Conveyancing in Melksham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/10/17

Local services information and addresses ;

The closest airport to Melksham is Bristol Airport (25 miles). Melksham's nearest station is Melksham at 1 mile s.

Melksham is a nearby hospital.

Q.

How do I find fixed rate conveyancing?

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This matter catches out many home owners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many firms claim to offer so-called cheap conveyancing. Often additional charges may increase your solicitor's invoice. Any charges found in terms of engagement ought to be clearly defined. Applicable disbursements should also be clearly stated on the quote. We provide quotes, not estimates, and clearly state the fees for a standard conveyancing.

Q.

How can we check that a property is in a conservation area?

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Conservation areas qualify regions of historical merit. A conveyancing solicitor will confirm potential liability for unauthorised works and be able to provide more details.

Q.

I am on a deadline and would like guarantee fast conveyancing, what can we do to speed up the process?

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The key to a fast conveyancing transaction is to use a experienced solicitor. There are a number of tasks you, as the purchaser, can do to speed up your conveyancing. These include:

  • arranging your mortgage offer
  • calling or emailing your solicitor, and chase them if you suspect any delays
  • promptly completing and return any forms

Q.

Might the fees for my conveyancing include any extra costs?

A.

It is unfortunate that sellers need to be watchful for extra costs hidden in a quote's terms and conditions. Homeward Legal will never charge any hidden extra charges.

Q.

Does our Melksham property solicitor report back to me about the cost of the council tax on a Band B building before exchanging contracts?

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The conveyancer will speak to the relevant council to ask about the correct council tax band and rates, which will subsequently be set out in the conveyancing report on title.

Council tax charges for Melksham are set out in detail online at the Wiltshire local authority website. At the time of writing, 05 July 2012, band rates are:

  • Band A - £1,010.00
  • Band B - £1,179.00
  • Band C - £1,347.00
  • Band D - £1,515.00
  • Band E - £1,852.00
  • Band F - £2,189.00
  • Band G - £2,525.00
  • Band H - £3,031.00

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We are buying on a Melksham ex-industrial use land. Is the soil potentially contaminated?

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Melksham's local area has a history of contamination from agriculture or industry, like much of the UK. Also considering issues such as acidic compounds, contaminants affecting Melksham property will be factored into an environmental search.

Q.

What do we need to know about 'fixtures and fittings'?

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Chiefly, fixtures are fixed items, such as the boiler to floors, walls and ceilings, whereas fixtures are free-standing items, like curtains. To avoid misunderstandings, a fixtures and fittings form should be agreed and will confirm what will be sold with the property.

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Would arranging a house survey be a good idea when purchasing a property in Melksham?

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We firmly recommend that the majority of buyers book a building survey. A range defects have a negative impact on a property. These can include corrosion of pipework, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.