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Conveyancing in Solihull Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/07/17

The closest airport to Solihull is Birmingham Airport. Coventry Airport is 14 miles and Wolverhampton Business Airport Airport is 22 miles away. The closest station to Solihull is Solihull.

Drivers are well served with Solihull being well placed with good major road access very close at 1 mile off the M42 Junction 5 Westbound.

Solihull is the most convenient hospital.

Q.

I am looking for the cheapest conveyancing quote. How do we get a quote?

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Both high-street and online property lawyers claim to offer supposedly cheap conveyancing. Often additional charges are often hiding in the terms and conditions that unknowing buyers and sellers have not reviewed Any disbursements should also be clearly stated on any quote for conveyancing in Solihull Any extra costs listed in terms of engagement should be fair and reasonable. The online quote calculator can generate an accurate statement of the legal fees for the property you plan to buy.

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What conveyancing searches should the property lawyer in Solihull order when instructed on a Solihull home?

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The normal conveyancing protocol will be to obtain the following Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search, Environment Search and Limestone Search and, depending on certain criteria, less common searches for example a SIM.

Q.

Is a Homebuyer Report a good idea when purchasing a property, irrespective of its condition?

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Homeward Legal suggest that the majority of purchasers in Solihull book a property surveyor. There can be many defects that can negatively affect a property, which will not be addressed during a property valuation. These can include dry rot or failed double glazing.

Q.

We are buying a property where the seller has unfortunately added unfitting stone cladding to the house which I think may infringe on Barston conservation area criteria.

A.

Your property solicitor is required to establish if the property is within a conservation area, and if so whether any alterations have appropriate

permissions from the Solihull planning authority. If no appropriate consents can be provided, your solicitor will inform you of the best alternative e.g. obtaining an indemnity insurance policy or obtaining retrospective approval from Solihull local authority.

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I have been reading about handling the legal work when buying a home. Might it be a good economy to take care of all of the legal work ourselves?

A.

Legally speaking there are no arguments why a buyer shouldn't look after the bulk of the conveyancing unaided. The truth is however that a property solicitor in Solihull juggles a huge array of tasks such as applying for office copies of lease and other land reg docs or representing the mortgage lender which require a qualified professional. Despite that firms and their solicitors are under a duty to take out the applicable indemnity insurance to safeguard you in the event of any errors on the part of the solicitor.

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To complete on our purchase ASAP, can we organise a fast conveyancing process?

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Most importantly, a fast completion is crucial to instruct a proactive conveyancing solicitor. Consider the following when selecting:

  • Do they use email?
  • Was there a delay delivering a quote?
  • Do they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis?

Q.

Having read about the major flooding in 2012 in the Midlands I am worried that conveyancing searches (environmental) won't be sufficient?

A.

Property environmental searches handled by your Solihull conveyancing solicitor will also include a more thorough Landmark flood search if it is felt necessary.

You could also try to get in touch with a next door neighbour for additional more assurance or local Birmingham and the Black Country flooding repair expert, try: Solihull Property Building Services Ltd, 25 Amberley Road, Solihull, B92 7NP Tel: 0121-369 3197.

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For a lender, we have chosen Yorkshire Building Society - is there anything I need to know?

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Traditionally, it was usually straightforward for solicitors to act for both a buyer and their lender. Recently, a number of lenders have reduced the number of firms on their approved panel, potentially creating greater legal costs for home buyers. Homeward Legal, however, can act on behalf of many mortgage lenders.

 
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