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Conveyancing in Shefford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/01/18

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 going to move from our terraced property in Shefford into a bigger abode in Sandy what is the right point to appoint a home removal company?

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Your solicitor would tend to recommend that home vendors delay until after exchange of contracts has been notified as typically a date wont have been confirmed. For a local Bedfordshire firm Eric & Jons Budget Removals, 3 Jubilee Place, Shefford, SG17 5JP Call: 01462 231013.

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Which Shefford lenders do you work with?

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Of lenders with offices proximate to Shefford, we with many. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Shefford include Mortgage Keys Three Counties Ltd, 6/Brewers Yard/Ivel Rd, Shefford, SG17 5GY, and Mortgage Quest, 2 Mallard Cl, Shefford, SG17 5YS.

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What makes conveyancing legal work to be so delayed?

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The legal work required to buy or sell a property may be delayed. Homeward Legal strive to diminish their effect if it is possible to do so. Common delays may include difficulties with mortgage finance.

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Which particular conveyancing searches does the conveyancing solicitor in Shefford do for a Shefford building?

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Normal conveyancing procedure is to obtain these searches - Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW) and Environmental and perhaps unique particular e.g. a Land charge Search (bankruptcy only).

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Will a report on the property's title prepared by the Shefford property solicitor advise us on the cost of council tax on a Band B house prior to contracts are exchanged?

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The property lawyer will write to the governing Central Bedfordshire local authority to ascertain the latest council tax band and rates, which will then be included in the conveyancing report on title. The latest tax rates for residents of Shefford are published online at the Central Bedfordshire council website. At the time of authoring on 08 June 2012 the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,098.00
  • Band B - £1,281.00
  • Band C - £1,464.00
  • Band D - £1,647.00
  • Band E - £2,012.00
  • Band F - £2,378.00
  • Band G - £2,744.00
  • Band H - £3,293.00

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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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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.