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Conveyancing in Neath Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 29/04/17

Neath area info

Aberdulais Falls National Trust , Aberdulais Falls Waterfall and Neath Abbey and Gatehouse Cadw are close to Neath.

Swansea Airport is 12 miles from Neath. Neath station is around a mile from Neath.

Drivers are well served with Neath enjoying very convenient major road access under a couple of miles off the M4 Junction 42 Westbound.

The closest hospital to Neath is Cimla.

Q.

What are the best rates for conveyancing for a 745k property?

A.

Several law firms advertise 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Often additional fees may inflate the solicitor's invoice. Our quotes are not estimates, stating all the solicitors fees you will pay for a standard sale or purchase.

Q.

Should we get a chancel search if we plan to buy in the parish of Neath, near Neath?

A.

A property solicitor may suggest a chancel search, regardless of the parish where the property being bought is located. In Neath's much older areas, chancel repair can be imposed on new owners of a property where parish councils may have not done so in the past, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.

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I am buying a 1950s investment flat in a designated Neath conservation area, how do we find more information about the state of upkeep of the Neath conservation area?

A.

Following a campaign, English Heritage maintain records on the condition of conservation areas in England as well as the vulnerability of the area.

Conservation areas are nominated by the local authority (Neath Port Talbot) who preside over conservation area concerns from paths and footpaths to street clutter.

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How is contaminated land in Neath investigated during the house-buying process?

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A broad range of contaminants caused by natural causes can affect residential property in Neath, and an environmental search should reveal whether a plot of land can be impacted by contaminants in the region such as nearby waste management facilities and masts or pylons.

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Do I need a local property surveyor to check for defects affecting this house purchase?

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It is strongly suggested that you book an inspection. Numerous issues can affect a property, such as flat roof leaks, and issues such as these are not likely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.

Q.

Which neighbourhoods of Neath are protected by a conservation area?

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There are numerous conservation areas near or within Neath. You may wish to contact the local authority for more information, but your conveyancing solicitor will address this during the house-buying process.

Q.

Which Neath mortgage lender panels are your solicitors on?

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Our solicitors have experience working with the vast majority of lenders approved by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Neath, like Principality Building Society, 1-3 Green St, Neath, SA11 1DR. The solicitor handling your conveyancing transaction can provide more information.

Q.

I am expecting to be finally moving out of our period building in Neath into a flat in Glynneath what is the best point to appoint a home removal company?

A.

We usually advocate that buyers and sellers wait until after exchange of contracts has been notified as usually a moving date wont have been agreed.

Local information can be sought from Act, 163 Old Rd, Neath, SA11 2BN Tel: 01639 761882 or Colwill Removals, 21 Herbert Rd, Neath, SA11 2DD Call: 01639 767304.

 
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