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Conveyancing in Rochester Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/04/18

Rochester travel information:

As reported in the 2011 national census Rochester has a residential population 607,143 spread over an area of 99,452 hectares (245,751 acres) which equals a residential population density 6.1 people per hectare or 2.5 per acre.

Strood Kent station is approximately 1 mile from Rochester and Rochester, Maidstone Rd Airport is 3 miles from Rochester. London City Airport is 22 miles, London Airport is 15 miles, Rochester Airport is 3 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 21 mile away.

Rochester is around a mile and a half of the M2 junction entry 2 Eastbound.

The nearest hospital to Rochester is St Bartholomews Chatham.

Q.

There are lots of 'cheap' offers, but how do we find a good one? We are looking for affordable conveyancing in Rochester.

A.

This catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors advertise theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra fees will be included in small print which buyers may have not read carefully Additional costs listed in the small print needs to be reasonable and clear.

Q.

What factors can impact land in Rochester, and will they be properly investigated?

A.

Rochester property may have been contaminated by numerous naturally-occurring factors, such as overhead transmission lines. An environmental search will give more information. Factory Farm, Wouldham Road, Kent, ME1 3TL may be one Rochester source of contamination.

Q.

What issues help with arranging fast legal work?

A.

Primarily, fast conveyancing is essential to instruct a proactive, diligent conveyancer. Ask these questions when identifying your conveyancer:

  • Which communication methods do they use? Days can be wasted waiting for letters in the post which could be emailed or faxed.
  • Was there a delay delivering a quote?
  • Will they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis?
  • Q.

    What are Rochester's property searches?

    A.

    Conveyancing searches are a commonly-used bundle of enquiries ordered by the conveyancer through local and national authorities, such as a drainage search. You should be aware that, searches only relate to the legal aspects of the purchase.

    Q.

    Do you have fast solicitors that conduct the legal conveyancing of property auction properties in Rochester?

    A.

    Homeward Legal is familiar with sellers at auction. Our lawyers have previously been instructed by numerous bidders at local Rochester residential property auctions that include Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

    Normally hard to value properties such as development propositions are bought in auctions which tend to demand more legwork by the conveyancing lawyer. Homeward Legal therefore strongly advocate that bidders choose a lawyer prior to the property auction date to allow adequate time for a detailed report.

    Subsequently, immediately after the actual auction a lawyer needs to be able to concentrate on briskly get through the conveyancing process in less than 28 days as typically required by the terms of sale.

    Q.

    How long will conveyancing to sell a home generally take, on average?

    A.

    The amount of time taken to transact a residence varies, affected by potentially many legal considerations. With Homeward Legal's Rochester property experts, your sale or purchase receives communicative and proactive service, resulting in the fastest possible outcome.

    Q.

    What will a Rochester conveyancing solicitor do if the property we are intending to buy is inside a conservation area and has unsanctioned new windows installed?

    A.

    Your instructed conveyancing solicitor will always ascertain whether the property is inside a conservation area and whether any alterations have the requisite consent from the local council.

    Q.

    I am buying a 1930s house in a designated conservation area in Rochester. Where does one get details relating to the standard of upkeep?

    A.

    Local Rochester conservation areas are specified by Medway who police everything from street furniture to the obstruction of new developments. English Heritage, a government body, maintain details in relation to the state of conservation areas along with the exposure to deterioration or improvement.