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Conveyancing in Sefton Q & A's

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Updated: 22/04/17

Local travel information:

Sefton's nearest airport is Liverpool John Lennon Airport (12 miles). Blackpool International Airport is 20 miles, Howarden Airport is 23 miles and Eccles Airport is 25 miles away and Sefton's closest train station is Old Roan.

Drivers are well served with Sefton enjoying good road access nearby at very close at 1 mile off the M58.

Ashworth Liverpool is the closest hospital to Sefton.

Q.

Although there are lots of £99 fixed quotes online, how do we find a reputable one? We need to find a discount conveyancing quote in Sefton.

A.

Several conveyancers purport to offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing', but additional fees may inflate your solicitor's invoice. Extra costs found in the terms should be fair and clearly defined and come into force only if your lawyer is required to complete unexpected extra work for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. We offer quotes, not estimates, and clearly state all legal fees you pay for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

I am going to a property auction and will would like ensure fast conveyancing, how could we speed up the process?

A.

Crucial to moving faster is to instruct a proactive, diligent property lawyer. There are a number of things you can do to get moving sooner, such as, requesting regular updates from your property lawyer and keep the pressure on, promptly answering your property lawyer's questions and getting your mortgage offer in place.

Q.

For a property valued at £216000. What should be determined for stamp duty?

A.

Stamp Duty in Sefton depends on a limited set of factors, most importantly the purchase price. On a £216000 house or flat, stamp duty will be £2160.

Q.

Having heard about the serious flooding in Sept 2012 in North West England, I am questioning if flood risk searches might not be exacting enough?

A.

Conveyancing and environmental searches carried out by the Sefton lawyer should also include a more thorough Landmark flood search if the risk is deemed significant.

If you remain still anxious make enquiries with a local resident.

Q.

Myself and my partner are interested in purchasing a residence in Sefton. Can we check that the residence is in a conservation area?

A.

Conservation areas detail local areas defined as being of historical merit. Conservation areas in Sefton include West Birkdale. The advantages of these restrictions will include protection for trees and other flora, but they may impose liability on a buyer for unauthorised alterations made by previous owners. Your property solicitor will offer more information.

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Should we get a chancel search? I am purchasing a Sefton property near an ecclesiastical parish.

A.

Chancel liability repair costs can run into £100,000s, which owners of affected property will be compelled to pay on demand to the Sefton Church council. Several sources are used to determine liability in Sefton, including maps of Sefton's parish boundaries. Churches in the local area which may give rise to chancel liability include Parish Church.

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How can I find if any of the Sefton conservation areas are in an unacceptable state?

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The directory of the condition of conservation areas is surveyed by English Heritage, and the following information is viewable at the English Heritage website: West Birkdale registered as very bad with medium vulnerability and condition improving.

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Will we need a chancel search if I am buying in the parish of Flixton, near Sefton?

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Your conveyancing lawyer should confirm that a chancel search is ordered. Although some parish councils have decided to exact chancel repairs on the owners, it is not possible to be certain that a parish where chancel repair fees have not been paid previously will remain liability-free for new owners, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.

 
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