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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/10/17

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

By road: Nuneaton is served by the A5, A47 and A444. By rail: The nearest train station is Nuneaton. By air: The three airports closest to Nuneaton are Coventry Airport (14 miles), Birmingham Airport (15), and East Midlands Airport (28).

Hospital: George Eliot, College Street, Nuneaton, CV10 7DJ. Council: Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough (www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk).

Attractions: Bosworth Water Park, Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery, Hoar Park Craft Village and Children’s Farm, Arbury Hall, Mount Judd, and Nuneaton Heritage Centre.

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I am planning to sell my house in Nuneaton, and have already got a quote from you, but will there be any extra charges later on?

Homeward Legal will never hide extra costs for the conveyancing for buying or selling a home in Nuneaton. It really is a case of what you see is what you get with our fixed-fee quote. If you are comparing quotes with other lawyer firms, consider that some websites offer unrealistically low 'quotes'. These are in fact estimates, which could be totally different to your final invoice. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to receive your quote backed up with our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

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Will we need to get a chancel search if we are purchasing in Nuneaton?

Repair costs for church buildings resulting from chancel liability can leave you with a bill totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds. A number of sources are used to identify liability during the conveyancing process, including county histories and whether the parochial church council covering your new house has registered their interest in passing on the bill. Your solicitor will be able to advise you and, should the risk of liability be confirmed, provide details of appropriate, inexpensive indemnity insurance. Nuneaton ecclesiastical properties include:

  • All Saints Chilvers Coton, Avenue Road, Nuneaton, CV11 4NQ
  • St. Mary’s Abbey, Manor Court Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5HU
  • St. Nicolas, Vicarage Street, Nuneaton, CV11 4AZ
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What can my conveyancing lawyer do if the home we are buying in Nuneaton is located in a registered conservation area and has ill-suited PVC windows installed?

As part of the conveyancing process, your property lawyer will always verify whether the property is inside a conservation area. If it is, further checks will then be made to establish whether any modifications have the essential consents from the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough planning authority. Your lawyer will also be able to advise you on what steps you can take, if there is no evidence of the planning consent, such as installing windows sympathetic to the conservation area, or obtaining retrospective planning consent.

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We are buying a house in Nuneaton which has been built on a brownfield site. Could the topsoil be contaminated by industrial waste?

Nuneaton and the surrounding region has a legacy of chemical contamination, in common with many areas around the country. Environment search results, carried out by your solicitor as part of the standard conveyancing search bundle, will factor in contaminants, including metals and others such as disinfection by-products, and detail the findings in the report on title.

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Bookshops and the web both have a number of helpful handbooks on the subject of DIY-conveyancing, so do I really need to spend money on a Nuneaton lawyer?

There is absolutely no legal issue with you performing the conveyancing without the help of a property solicitor. That said, a conveyancing solicitor works on a large number of tasks (such as drafting contracts or locating planning documents), some of which need adequate training and experience. DIY-conveyancing, by its nature, can lead to delays and may jeopardise your move entirely. More importantly, amateur lawyers take huge risks in operating without applicable insurance that legal practices are obliged to get. 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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Will a report on title compiled by the solicitor provide details about the council tax rates for a Band H property in Nuneaton?

Your lawyer will approach the relevant local authority (here, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council) to identify the correct council tax band and the associated charge which will then be set out in the title report. The rates for the 2016/2017 tax year were:

  • Band A - £1,104.19
  • Band B - £1,288.23
  • Band C - £1,472.26
  • Band D - £1,656.29
  • Band E - £2,024.35
  • Band F - £2,392.42
  • Band G - £2,760.48
  • Band H - £3,312.58

Retrieved on 17 March 2017

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Is a charge for postage, photocopying and phone calls a fee or a disbursement?

Some solicitors frequently hide extra costs as necessary disbursements. It is not always clear whether a cost is a disbursement or not, and whether it should be included, particularly when solicitors use different terminology to describe the same thing. The cost for postage, photocopying and making phone calls is a fee and not a disbursement. It should therefore be included in your conveyancing quote. At Homeward Legal, we offer a fixed-fee quote, so this will not change for the entirety of the conveyancing process. Coupled with our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee, Homeward Legal’s conveyancing is simply the best value. Why not try our online quote calculator? Or you could call us on 0800 038 6699, where our conveyancing experts are waiting to hear from you.

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What will my conveyancing solicitor in Nuneaton examine in relation to the risk and history of flooding to properties in Warwickshire?

A vital step in the conveyancing procedure involves a solicitor making an application for environmental searches that offer you some details on the Nuneaton historical flood-risk. If the data returned identifies a significant level of risk, your solicitor may advise ordering a more in-depth search (e.g. at Landmark). This charge is a disbursement and will therefore be passed on to you at cost. Your Homeward Legal solicitor will make this clear at the time.

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We are buying a 1930s flat in a designated Nuneaton conservation area, where can I find more details about the present standard of upkeep of the conservation area?

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English Heritage, a government body, keep a detailed list about the condition of conservation areas as well as the trend of the area. Conservation areas are nominated by the local Nuneaton and Bedworth planning authority, who preserve everything from trees to the halting of street posts.

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Is your panel of solicitors geared up for move fast on the conveyancing of auction properties in Nuneaton?

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Our solicitors and licensed conveyancers in Nuneaton frequently handle the legal work for sellers at auction. Our panel of solicitors and conveyancers have previously been instructed by many buyers at local property 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.

Canny buyers at auction always formally instruct their chosen property lawyer as early as possible for a detailed review of the auction legal papers before the day of bidding. Post date of the auction a conveyancing solicitor will be prepared for finalise the legal work inside 28 days after exchange, a normal requirement of terms of sale.

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What sort of enquiries in relation to the risk and history of possible flooding to properties in Warwickshire will the conveyancing solicitor in Nuneaton examine?

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A vital step in the conveyancing procedure involves a solicitor making an application for environmental searches that offer you some details on the subject of Nuneaton historical flood risk.

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What can a Nuneaton conveyancing lawyer do if the home we am buying is located in a registered conservation area and has ill-suited PVC windows installed?

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Your property lawyer will always verify whether the property is inside a conservation area, and if so whether any modifications have the essential consents from the Nuneaton and Bedworth planning authority.

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I am planning to sell my house and have a quote from you. Could there be any hidden charges?

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Homeward Legal will never charge any hidden extra charges to buy or sell a home in Nuneaton. If you are comparing quotes, consider that some websites offer unrealistically low 'quotes' which are in fact estimates, which could be totally different to your final invoice.

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Should we get a chancel search if we plan to purchase in the parish of Leire?

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The conveyancing solicitor may suggest a chancel search. Chancel repair may be apportioned on new owners of a residence where parish councils may have spared previous owners or tenants.

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The estate agent we are using in Bournville has named the property lawyer. Should I use this solicitor?

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Agent recommendations are a common practice way to find a solicitor, however, such referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, including online or local firms, as there is a risk that the agent may suggest the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the best solicitor for your needs.