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Conveyancing in Sandhurst Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/07/17

Local data:

Drivers are well served with Sandhurst having excellent major road access roughly three miles of Junction 4 Southbound of the M3.

Sandhurst's nearest station is Sandhurst. Sandhurst's closest airport is Blackbushe Airport (2 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 18 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 17 miles, Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 5 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 18 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 23 miles, White Waltham Airport is 11 miles s, and Booker Airport is 19 miles away.

Broadmoor is a relatively close hospital to Sandhurst.

Q.

How do I find the best rates for conveyancing for a £667,000 house?

A.

Lack of clarity over this topic catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many firms advertise supposedly cheap conveyancing quotes. Often additional costs will be included in the terms. Extra charges should be fair and come into force only if the lawyer must perform additional tasks for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

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Is Homeward Legal geared up for move quickly on the conveyancing of property auction properties in Sandhurst?

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Our recommended conveyancing firms in Sandhurst often get instructed by auction buyers and sellers. We always encourage auction buyers to choose the property conveyancing lawyer in advance of the date of the auction to give enough time for a thorough review of the auction pack.

After the date of the auction, the lawyer must be prepared for complete the legal side of things within the 28 day time frame as usually required by the auction conditions.

Q.

For a fast completion to buy a £ 272,000 residence, how could we accelerate our conveyancing process?

Contacting a proactive, diligent solicitor is essential to a fast completion. There are a number of tasks you as the buyer could do to get moving sooner, including, promptly answering your solicitor's questions, confirming your mortgage offer and calling or emailing your solicitor, and chase them if you suspect any delays.

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What can we do to avoid paying stamp duty to HM Revenue?

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We firmly advise against any stamp duty reduction scheme, as such schemes are often uneconomical and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later and the total stamp duty tax may be payable.

Q.

The property being purchased is on a former industrial site. Could the top-soil be contaminated by industrial waste like arsenic?

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Restrictions exist to control soil contamination, decades after exposure the effect of some contaminants can be felt. The local authority for Sandhurst will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

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The current owner has unfortunately added incongruous dormer windows on the property in Sandhurst which we think might possibly defy nearby conservation area criteria

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Your lawyer will make enquiries to find out if the property is affected by a conservation area, and if so whether any modifications have the required consent.

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What amount of time does conveyancing take, on average?

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The length of time needed to transfer a home may vary, affected by potentially many issues which may affect the property including if management information is required. Homeward Legal solicitors ensure your sale, purchase or remortgage is undertaken as quickly as possible.

Q.

Will we need a chancel search if I plan to buy in the parish of Great Barrington?

A.

Regardless of the Sandhurst parish you are purchasing in, the lawyer may suggest that a chancel search be taken out. In older areas of Sandhurst, chancel repair may be apportioned on the current owners of a residence where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have not imposed the same liability on the last owners, so it can be difficult to use this as a guide.

 
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