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Conveyancing in Northampton Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

Local travel information:

As reported in the UK 2011 census Northampton's usual residential population is 653,215 spread over an area of 466,936 acres meaning a density of residential population of 1.4 people per acre.

Northampton is less than three miles of junction entry 15a Southbound of the M1.

The closest airport to Northampton is Turweston Aerodrome Airport (16 miles). and the closest station to Northampton is Northampton.

The most convenient hospital to Northampton is Northampton General.

Q.

How do we get a discount conveyancing estimate in Northampton?

A.

Confusion over this issue catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors promote theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes. Often additional costs are frequently hidden in the terms of engagement. The disbursements to be paid must also be stated on your conveyancing quote Any additional costs which are listed in the small print needs to be fair and only be applied if your conveyancer is required to perform tasks outside a normal transaction on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our online quote calculator will generate an accurate quote for your transaction.

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I am buying a £771000 property in Northampton. How is SDLT calculated?

A.

SDLT is based on the purchase price of the house or flat. On a £771000 home, stamp duty will be £30840 (information accurate 15/01/2013).

Q.

Do we need a chancel search if I am buying in the parish of Harringworth?

A.

Your conveyancing solicitor is likely to recommend that a chancel search be ordered. Chancel repair may be apportioned

on the owners of a home where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) may have spared previous owners or tenants. In the event that chancel liability may apply, your solicitor might recommend insurance rather than pulling out of the purchase.

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Does 'fixtures and fittings' include things like sofas?

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In the main, there is not a strict definition of 'fixtures and fittings'. Early agreement of a list of fixtures and fittings will avoid later disputes and will save much anxiety later in the conveyancing process..

Q.

How is Northampton contaminated land investigated?

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A range of contaminants caused by natural causes can quickly spoil land in Northampton. Issues including overhead transmission lines or coal mining will be detailed in an appropriate search. A508, NN4 0LY is a source of potential contamination in Northampton.

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In about 6 weeks we are preparing to be moving from our semi detached house on the outskirts of Northampton into a new property in Moulton when to appoint a removals firm?

A.

The ideal way is to avoid arranging removals until after all parties have agreed your move date which takes place after contracts are signed. Get more information from Removal People Ltd, 35 Skipton Cl, Northampton, NN4 0RB Call: 0800 107 4262 or P M C Removals, 16 Poole St, Northampton, NN1 3EX Telephone: 01604 454829.

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Which local authority looks after Northampton?

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Northampton is located in Northampton Borough Council, The Guildhall, St Giles Square, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 1DE, Call: 01604 837 837

Q.

Our estate agent in Duston has named the law firm who they generally use. Must we use them?

A.

If you choose a law firm this way, you your agent may be able to use their influence to induce a slow solicitor to work faster. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, some agents may 'recommend' the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.

 
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