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Conveyancing in North Somerset Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

Local points of interest in North Somerset

Tyntesfield National Trust , Blacknore Point Lighthouse, Clapton-In-Gordano St Michael Churches Conservation Trust and Brockley St Nicholas Churches Conservation Trust are in North Somerset.

North Somerset is about three miles of junction entry 19 Southbound of the M5.

Bristol Airport is 4 miles from North Somerset. and Nailsea and Backwell station is almost 2 miles from North Somerset.

The nearest hospital is Clevedon.

Q.

How do I find affordable conveyancing in North Somerset?

A.

Many conveyancers purport to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', however additional fees will be included in the terms. Extra costs listed in terms of engagement needs to be fair. They only apply to matters if your lawyer must perform additional tasks in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid should be included on the quote. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

Q.

We are buying on a ex-industrial site. Is the topsoil likely to remain contaminated?

A.

Most soils in North Somerset have some degree of contamination, from industry and natural causes. Environment search results will factor contaminants, including metals and others such as water contaminants such as phenols and ammonia.

Q.

When in the conveyancing process is it appropriate to get a conveyancer?

A.

In simple terms, the earlier in the process you can instruct a firm, the better, as conveyancing involves several tasks that may be performed immediately. Promptly instructing a solicitor for your North Somerset transaction for a sale can mean that documents can be prepared earlier, considerably accelerating the whole process, whereas if you are buying your offer may be taken more seriously if you already have a solicitor instructed.

Q.

I am intending to purchase a medieval barn conversion in the parish of Thorne Coffin. Is a chancel search required?

A.

The conveyancing solicitor is likely to recommend that a chancel search is ordered, irrespective of the parish where the building being bought is located. Chancel repair may be apportioned on new owners of a building where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) may have not done so in the past.

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Will the fixtures and fittings form include items such as a washing machine?

A.

New owners are frequently confused by the lack of detail regarding what fixtures and fittings should be included. To avoid confusion, a list should be agreed by both sides and will clarify precisely what is to be included.

Q.

Are some of the protected North Somerset conservation areas are in a neglected state?

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The appraisal of the state of North Somersets conservation areas is reported by English Heritage - the following areas and information are to be found at their site: Birnbeck with Westonis noted asSuperis noted asMare is noted as poor with high vulnerability and deteriorating condition, Melrose / Grove Park with Westonis noted asSuperis noted asMare is noted as poor with medium vulnerability and deteriorating condition, Beach Lawns with Westonis noted asSuperis noted asMare is noted as very bad with medium vulnerability and deteriorating condition, Clevedon Triangle is noted as very bad with medium vulnerability and deteriorating condition, Boulevard / Montpelier is noted as poor with medium vulnerability and deteriorating condition.

Q.

For fast legal work on the purchase of a £504k house, what do we need to do?

A.

Firstly, moving faster is key is to use a proactive solicitor. You should consider:

  • Was there a delay delivering a quote?
  • Are phone, fax and email their preferred methods of contact
  • Are they 'no move, no fee'? This can incentivise a faster transaction.

Q.

I am buying a £972000, what will be worked out for stamp duty?

A.

Stamp Duty Land Tax in North Somerset is based on several factors, including the purchase price. Stamp duty will be £38880 on a £972000 property.

 
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