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Conveyancing in Seahouses Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/10/17

Local Seahouses attractions

Farne Lighthouse, Bamburgh Castle Historic Houses Association and Bamburgh Castle Castle are close at hand to Seahouses.

The closest airport to Seahouses is Newcastle Airport (38 miles). Seahouses's closest station is Chathill at 4 miles.

The neighbouring hospital for Seahouses is Alnwick Infirmary.

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How do we get the cheapest conveyancing solicitors?

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Lack of clarity over this point catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many firms claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately extra costs are often hiding in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Busy, stressed homeowners ignore these terms at their peril. A quote should also state third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid.

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Does Seahouses include any conservation areas?

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These areas denote streets and neighbourhoods designated as being of architectural or historic interest. Your solicitor will offer more information and discuss what specific restrictions are in place, regarding specific conservation areas in Seahouses.

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Should we get a chancel search if we plan to buy in the parish of Dinnington, near Seahouses?

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A conveyancing solicitor could advise a chancel search. Although some Parochial Church Councils have exercised their right to charge chancel repairs on the current owners of land subject to chancel liability, there is no way to be certain that a parish in which lay rectors have not been expected to pay chancel repair dues recently will remain liability-free for new owners.

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For fast legal work on the purchase of a £ 140,000 residence, what should we do?

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Many buyers will, correctly, argue that contacting a proactive and experienced conveyancing solicitor is the key to a fast transaction. When finding a suitable a conveyancing solicitor, consider these questions: Will they order searches immediately? Was there a delay delivering a quote? What methods of communication do they use? Posting documents can adds days of waiting to a purchase.

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Do I need to get a house survey for our home purchase?

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We heavily advise that purchasers book a surveyor to perform a survey if you are planning to buy in Seahouses. It is a fact that there are a wide range of issues which can affect a property. These include cavity wall tie failure and unsafe chimney circulation.

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How soon is it wise to instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Seahouses?

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In the vast majority of cases, the sooner the better. Prompt instruction of a solicitor can reduce any chance of the transaction aborting.

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Flood searches may be fine but considering climate change for instance the serious flooding in Sept 2012 in North East England are they sufficient to check enough about the risk of flooding in Seahouses?

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Flood searches applied for by your solicitor in Seahouses will also include a far more detailed search (Landmark) if the risk warrants it.

If you are still nervous you could attempt to call a neighbour of the property.

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Do we need to instruct a property lawyer that generally works with by my agent?

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Both agents and mortgage brokers may suggest one or more conveyancing firms, however, such referrals should be compared against alternatives, such as local solicitors, or firms found online, as there is a risk that the agent may suggest the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.