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Conveyancing in Parkstone Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 14/01/18

Local key data:

Parkstone's closest airport is Bournemouth International Airport (6 miles). and Parkstone's nearest station is Parkstone at 1 mile s.

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Parkstone points of interest

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Brownsea Island National Trust Poole Compton Acres (Historic Gardens) Country Park and Oceanarium Aquarium are easily accessible from Parkstone.

The closest hospital is Poole General.

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We need to find the cheapest conveyancing solicitors. What should I check?

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This affects many property buyers and sellers who opted for a very cheap quote, only to be stung later in the conveyancing process. Many firms offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', however extra fees will be included in the small print that unknowing property buyers and sellers have not reviewed A conveyancing quote ought to list any disbursements. Additional costs included in the terms should be reasonable. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

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What causes purchase conveyancing work to take weeks to complete? Isn't it a simple matter of filing paperwork?

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Conveyancing can be drawn out even in the best of circumstances. The reasons are beyond the solicitor's power, Homeward Legal, however, endeavour to minimise their impact wherever a difference can be made. Reasons for delay may include the length of time it takes for the managing agent or landlord to respond to queries.

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We are going to buy a house in a Parkstone conservation area, where does one find information in relation to the current standard of repair of the area?

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English Heritage, a government body, have produced records of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas as well as the trend. Conservation areas are set up by the local authority (Poole) who oversee things like private spaces to back illuminated signs.

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The internet has plenty of publications going into great depth on how to do DIY conveyancing for example

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House Buying, Selling and Conveyancing: How to Save Estate Agent and Solicitor Fees When Buying or Selling Property. Do we need to use a Parkstone property solicitor ?

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Theoretically there is absolutely no argument why a seller shouldn't embark on the legal and technical work on your own.

The truth is however that a lawyer in Parkstone is in charge of a large array of tasks ranging from applying for and interpreting office copies and identifying conservation area breaches which require a qualified solicitor. Nonetheless legal practices need to carry suitable professional indemnity insurance to insulate you in the event of omissions made by the lawyer.

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We have had a quote from you. Might I be expected to pay any additional charges?

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Our solicitors never hide any extra, hidden costs. If you are comparing quotes, consider that some websites offer unrealistically low 'quotes' which are in fact estimates. You may face a much greater total fee when you have completed.

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Having read about the recent groundwater flooding in Dorset we are wondering if environmental searches aren't thorough enough?

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Conveyancing searches applied for by your conveyancing solicitor in Parkstone will include a far more informative search (Landmark) if the risk warrants it.

Why not get in touch with a close neighbour for some further confidence.

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Do your panel of solicitors have experience with the conveyancing of property auction properties in Parkstone?

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Yes - Our company often get instructed by auction buyers and sellers. We typically recommend auction buyers to instruct a good conveyancing firm well in advance of the date of the auction so there is time for a detailed report of the sellers documents.

Thereafter, following the property auction date a lawyer will need to be ready for rapidly complete the conveyancing process in less than the 28 day time frame, a requirement of conditions of sale.

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What do we need to know about fixtures and fittings?

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Generally speaking, fixtures are 'fixed' to walls, floors or ceilings securely, whereas fixtures are free-standing. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction. This can make the completion of a fixtures and fitting form necessary.