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Conveyancing in Pratts Bottom Q & A's

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Updated: 21/04/17

Pratts Bottom attractions

Keston London Windmill, Downe Down House (Charles Darwin) English Heritage and Lullingstone Roman Villa English Heritage are in Pratts Bottom.

Drivers are well served with Pratts Bottom having very convenient road access close at inside 2m of the M25 Junction 4 Westbound.

London Biggin Hill Airport is 4 miles from Pratts Bottom. London City Airport is 12 miles, London Heliport Airport is 16 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 18 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 18 miles, Rochester Airport is 18 miles and away. The closest station to Pratts Bottom is Knockholt, almost 1 mile away.

The most convenient hospital is Chelsfield Park Orpington.

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I need to find a solicitors firm that offers cheap conveyancing. Will I get a quote or and estimate?

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This affects many buyers who opted for a very cheap quote, only to be stung later in the conveyancing process. Many property lawyers purport to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', however extra charges may increase the final bill. Third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid must also be stated on the conveyancing quote Any extra costs included in terms and conditions needs to be fair and come into force only if your lawyer must complete additional work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes clearly state all legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Is it advisable to get a chancel search if we are purchasing in Pratts Bottom on the same road as a church built in the 1600s?

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Repair costs resulting from chancel liability can total hundreds of thousands of pounds. A chancel search will confirm whether liability for Pratts Bottom

properties is likely to exist. Pratts Bottom church properties where a chancel search may be appropriate include Pratts bottom All Souls.

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Would the form for fixtures and fittings include things such as beds?

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In general, fixtures are permanently fixed to walls and other surfaces and 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, and which can make the completion of a fixtures and fitting form necessary.

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Are buyers often gazumped in Pratts Bottom?

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Gazumping describes when a property seller accepts the 1st purchaser's offer and then dismisses it, opting for another buyer's offer. It could happen only days prior to exchange. Because acceptance of an offer is not binding on the seller until exchange of contracts, there is a risk of gazumping. You should instruct a proactive solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer to reduce the chance of gazumping.

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How soon do you need to instruct a solicitor to act on our purchase?

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Whether you are buying or selling in Pratts Bottom, earlier is preferable. The legal work can then begin immediately. Instructing your solicitor sooner can reduce any chance of your transaction aborting.

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Which local authority is responsible for Pratts Bottom?

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Pratts Bottom is located in London Borough of Bromley Council, Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH, contact: 020 8464 3339

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How much would charge for my searches total?

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The cost of conveyancing searches varies significantly. These searches are paid to a third party, and are charged 'at cost'.

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What do we need to be aware of if buying a Pratts Bottom home in a Bromley local authority designated conservation area ?

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An integral part of conveyancing for purchasers includes carrying out searches of Bromley planning authority to establish conservation area status and permission for any alterations. .

 
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