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Conveyancing in Old Swan Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/04/17

Local key data:

Commuters are well served with Old Swan situated with very convenient motorway access very close at within 1m of the M62.

The closest airport to Old Swan is Liverpool John Lennon Airport (6 miles). Howarden Airport is 18 miles and Eccles Airport is 22 miles away. The closest train station to Old Swan is Broad Green.

The neighbouring hospital for Old Swan is Broadgreen Liverpool.

Q.

We need to find affordable conveyancing. What do we need to consider?

A.

Many online and high street law firms offer 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Unfortunately extra fees are often hiding in small print. Extras listed in the small print needs to be clearly defined. Your conveyancing quote ought to list any disbursements.

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I plan to buy a rectory in Liverpool St Paul. Should we get a chancel search?

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The solicitor may suggest that a chancel search is taken out, whichever parish in which the house being purchased is found. In older areas of Old Swan, chancel repair may be imposed on current owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have previously chosen not to do so. For property in the parish of Liverpool St Paul, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

Q.

Can we check that the house we are buying is in a conservation area?

A.

Areas considered to be of historical merit, like country house estates, may be recognised as conservation areas. A lawyer will discuss the relevant responsibilities.

Q.

May our conveyancing cover any additional fees?

A.

Unfortunately, sellers need to be watchful for extra costs hidden in a quote's terms and conditions. Homeward Legal will never charge any extra, hidden costs. Some conveyancers give 'quotes' which are in fact estimates, which they will not be bound to.

Q.

Environmental searches may be fine but in light of recent flooding for example the widespread flooding in Sept 2012 in North West England are they sufficient to ascertain sufficient information about the Old Swan area flood risk?

A.

A competent Old Swan conveyancing solicitor will suggest that you apply for environmental searches if the initial conveyancing searches spots a significant risk Old Swan flood risk.

You could also try to also get in touch with a next door neighbour to get more local history.

Q.

How can I establish if the designated conservation area is neglected?

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Local conservation areas are created by the local authority (Liverpool) who preside over conservation area concerns from including things like poorly maintained roads, addition of PVC windows and building materials used. English Heritage, a government body, maintain a detailed list in relation to the state of conservation areas in addition to the trend of the area.

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How many weeks can be planned for the conveyancing process usually require in Old Swan?

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Generally speaking, the time required to transact property can vary, with reference to a number of considerations. Eight to twelve weeks is the industry-wide average, whereas Homeward Legal aim to complete the process within six weeks.

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When should we instruct a conveyancing solicitor?

A.

With few exceptions, earlier is preferable. The legal work can then start straight away. Instructing a conveyancing firm early can reduce the likelihood of your sale or purchase falling though.

 
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