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Conveyancing in Orpington Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/04/17

Local key data:

Orpington's nearest station is Orpington. The closest airport to Orpington is London Biggin Hill Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 25 miles, London City Airport is 10 miles, London Heliport Airport is 14 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 19 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 19 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 24 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 25 miles, Rochester Airport is 18 miles and away.

The neighbouring hospital for Orpington is Orpington.

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I need to find a discount conveyancing estimate in Orpington. What do we need to consider?

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Many property buyers and sellers seeking discount conveyancing are caught out by the lure of very low conveyancing rates. Many firms claim to offer so-called cheap conveyancing, but additional charges can pad your solicitor's invoice. Homeward Legal quotes are not estimates, and offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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What causes the conveyancing process to be so delayed?

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Conveyancing could be obstructed. We work hard to diminish their burden wherever possible to do so. There are numerous reasons for delay, such as slow third parties such as landlords or managing agents.

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There is a lot of free information about doing ones own conveyancing as a buyer of a house - Would it be a false economy to take care of the conveyancing on a DIY basis myself?

Technically there is no argument at all why a home mover cannot undertake the greater majority of the legal work yourself. However, a Orpington lawyer handles a large number of exercises such as approving pre exchange checklists or notifying parties of completion some of which require a qualified professional.

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Will the Orpington solicitor order any searches on the London Regency mid terrace home I want to buy?

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When obtaining a mortgage the mortgage lender expects specific searches, including the following for properties in Orpington: Local Authority (council), Drainage and Water Search and Environmental,, and possibly less common searches, like a CON325.

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Is it likely that we would be gazumped?

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Gazumping describes circumstances where an offer is accepted, and then rejected, by the owner, selecting instead a greater offer. Though being gazumped is uncommon when property prices are falling, there is still a risk. You should instruct a solicitor as soon as possible to reduce the chance of gazumping.

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How is Orpington contaminated land checked when buying?

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A range of contaminants may seriously affect property, like proximity to landfill sites or nearby electrical substations. An environmental search will offer more detail.

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We are buying in Orpington on a new-build ex-industrial use land. Is the soil likely to be contaminated?

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Most top soils in Orpington have some degree of contamination, from industrial or agricultural. Other sources of contaminated land include water contaminants such as petrol.

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Do I need to select the solicitors firm referred by my estate agent?

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Agent recommendations are a commonplace route to find a solicitor. However, if the agent is paid a fee by the solicitor, there is a risk that an agent may choose the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.

 
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