By Frances Traynor
19th July 2017
"Working together is essential for an easy property transaction."
If you are buying or selling a house or flat in Plymouth, you will need to instruct a lawyer to look after the legal work for your move.
Homeward Legal's network of solicitors have many years experience of conveyancing in Plymouth and across Devon. Our proactive approach means we complete the transaction faster than other firms.
Our conveyancing solicitors handle all the legal work for your move for a fixed cost of conveyancing.
We do not charge you any solicitors fees, if for any reason your Devon house move does not complete.
Using local experience, your property solicitor will lead you along every step of the conveyancing process.
No additional fees whatsoever.
The latest Plymouth census shows that the population of the city is 542, 719. All of whom live in an area sized at 286, 837 hectares - giving a low density of 1.9 people per hectare.
Connecting motorways include the M5 which will take you as far as Exeter, then A roads until Plymouth.
Plymouth City Airport is just 4 miles from Plymouth and has several domestic flights leaving a day.
The nearest train station to Plymouth is ‘Plymouth’ which will directly connect you to London.
The most convenient hospital for Plymouth residents is the Royal Eye Infirmary Plymouth. Here you will find an extensive A&E department.
The confusion over this matter catches out many homeowners and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted and many law firms claim to offer cheap conveyancing quotes. Often additional charges are frequently hidden in the terms and conditions. These terms are often ignored by excited homeowners eager to get underway. Extra costs included in terms of engagement ought to be fair and clearly defined. Our quotes are not estimates stating all the solicitors fees you will pay for a standard sale or purchase.
Unfortunately, no, SDLT is a compulsory payment on all property worth £125,000 or more. The government used to offer some relief for first time buyers and disadvantaged families such as some of those in areas of Plymouth, but these schemes were dissolved in 2013. If you would like to work out how much Stamp Duty you will pay, use this official SDLT calculator.
Homeward Legal is known to be very competent with bidders at auction in Plymouth. The panel of lawyers we work with have completed transactions for numerous buyers at national and local property auctions that include Allsop (Residential), Allsop (Commercial), Acuitus, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Auction House London, Drivers Norris, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers and Countrywide Property Auctions. Savvy buyers always formally instruct a suitable lawyer as fast as they can to allow time for a detailed investigation of the auction legal pack well in advance of the auction day. After the date of the auction, the conveyancing lawyer will be ready to get through the conveyancing process in under the 4 week time frame, which is a normal requirement of terms and conditions of auction sales.
Flood Risk Searches carried out by the property solicitor in Plymouth should be sufficient to tell you if the property you are buying is liable to flood. This detailed report will include details of any past, present or future flood risk and should be enough to help you make a decision as to purchasing a property in a known flood area. It may be sensible to converse with a local resident to get extra local information, or contact a regional Devon flood damage builder - like Rainbow International, 24 Bell Park/Bell Cl, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 4JH Tel: 01752 347455.
The amount of Stamp Duty you will pay is dependent on the purchase price. Stamp Duty will be worked out in tiers, with the first one starting at £125,000. Anything under this amount will have no Stamp Duty. The exact amount can be worked out on the government website.. *This information is accurate as of 01/12/16
Plymouth conveyancing searches range in cost depending on what area the property you are buying is based in. Searches are paid to a third party, and are not included in a quote for solicitor's fees though they will be clearly displayed in your quote and invoice so you know exactly where your money is going. If you’re confused about how conveyancing searches work, read our handy guide,, or try our instant quote generator, which will give you all the information you need, plus prices.
There are strict regulations in place to prevent future top-soil contamination in Plymouth. Data on many contaminants, including water contaminants such as solvents and disinfection by-products, will be included in your Environmental Search as part of your conveyancing searches.
Gazumping arises when a house seller accepts an offer, only to dismiss it in favour of another buyer's offer. The will be a chance of getting gazumped in any transaction, because offers are not binding until exchange of contracts. Instructing an efficient solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer should help to mitigate this risk.