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Conveyancing in Shefford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 12/10/17

The closest airport to Shefford is Luton Airport (11 miles s). Cambridge City Airport is 25 miles away and Shefford's closest train station is Arlesey.

The most convenient hospital is Biggleswade.

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How can we ensure our cheap quote is fixed? I need a discount conveyancing quote.

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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 conveyancers promote cheap conveyancing. However additional charges are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms. Any additional fees listed in the solicitor's terms should be clearly defined and only apply to matters if your solicitor must complete unanticipated additional work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The online quote calculator can generate an accurate statement of the legal fees for the property you plan to buy.

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I am buying a property in a designated Shefford conservation area. Where can I find information about the state of upkeep?

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English Heritage, a government body, have conducted a survey and created a detailed list on the state of conservation areas along with the exposure to deterioration or improvement.

Conservation areas are designated by the local Central Bedfordshire planning authority, who manage everything from paths to the policing of back illuminated signs.

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Should we make use of a property lawyer referred by our local agent?

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Both agents and mortgage brokers will endorse a solicitor. Such referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, as there is a risk that the agent may suggest whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the best solicitor for your needs.

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For fast conveyancing to buy a £675k property, what do we need to arrange?

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As is often reported, contacting a proactive and experienced lawyer is crucial to buying faster. There are, in addition, several things you as the purchaser can also do. These include:

  • requesting regular updates from your lawyer and keep the pressure on
  • answering any queries raised by the lawyer as soon as possible
  • arranging any finances require to complete the purchase

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Is a building survey advisable if we are purchasing any property?

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Homeward Legal heavily advise that you instruct a surveyor to carry out a survey. It is a fact that there are a wide range of problems which can affect a property. These include insect infestation and cracked roof tiles, and issues such as these are not likely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.

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How can we check that a property is in a conservation area?

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Conservation areas safeguard neighbourhoods of historical merit. Shefford itself is named as a conservation area. You may wish to contact the local council for more detail, but your solicitor will investigate the impact of conservation areas or other planning restrictions.

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Can we defer paying out for stamp duty?

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We strongly advise against any stamp duty mitigation. These schemes are highly expensive and , if a scheme is challenged, you can be fined up to 100% of the amount owed, in additional to the tax itself.

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Which local authority is responsible for Shefford?

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Shefford is located in Central Bedfordshire Council, Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Bedfordshire, SG17 5TQ, phone: 0300 300 8000