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Conveyancing in Somerset Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/04/17

Somerset's closest station is Bridgwater at 5 miles. The closest airport to Somerset is Bristol Airport.

Bridgwater is the nearest hospital for Somerset.

Q.

I need to find the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Somerset. and what is included?

A.

Many buyers seeking discount conveyancing are caught out by the lure of very low conveyancing rates. Many solicitors promote 'the cheapest conveyancing'. However extra fees are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Fees included in terms and conditions should be fair and clearly defined. They be applicable solely where your solicitor must complete additional work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Homeward Legal quotes offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Having read about the flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England, we are questioning whether environmental searches might not be sufficient?

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Environmental searches handled by a property lawyer in Somerset should also include the more specialist search (Landmark) if the risk warrants it.

If you remain still nervous try to get in touch with a local resident.

Q.

For a fast exchange and completion on the purchase of a £ 470k house, what can we do to speed up the process?

A.

Contacting a proactive and experienced solicitor is the key to a fast conveyancing transaction. There are a number of things you as the purchaser can also do to accelerate the legal work, including, promptly answering your solicitor's questions, organising your finances and calling or emailing the solicitor, and chase them if you suspect any delays.

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Are any of the conservation areas in Somerset are in neglected condition?

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An up-to-date appraisal of the state of repair of conservation areas is filed by English Heritage ( a non departmental government body), and the following information is listed at English Heritage: Misterton marked as poor with medium vulnerability

and deteriorating, Henstridge marked as very bad with medium vulnerability and no significant change, Ilchester marked as very bad with medium vulnerability and no significant change, Donyatt marked as very bad with medium vulnerability and no significant change.

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Does your firm do the conveyancing of property auction properties in Somerset?

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Our company is accustomed to working with sellers at auction. Homeward Legals panel of conveyancing lawyers have in the past been instructed by numerous buyers at local auctions including Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Savvy auction buyers tend to formally appoint an experienced lawyer as rapidly as possible for a thorough review of the auction legal pack in advance of the auction day itself. Immediately following the auction day you are the lawyer will need to be geared up to conclude the conveyancing in less than the 28 day time frame as required by the standard auction conditions.

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Should we get a building survey?

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors strongly recommend that home buyers in Somerset book a surveyor to undertake a survey if purchasing in Somerset. There can be many problems that will impact a property, which are not included in your mortgage lender's valuation, including dry rot.

Q.

My friend has experience of doing your own conveyancing when buying and selling a flat - Might it be risky to do the legal conveyancing process myself?

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If you are so inclined have a go you can feasibly do the greater part of the legal and technical work without instructing a qualified Somerset property solicitor. In reality however, a conveyancing solicitor juggles a large number of exercises including understanding the practical side of the process and interpreting management accounts most of which are more safely handled with appropriate experience. More importantly do it yourself conveyancers do not have suitable professional indemnity insurance that every legal practices are bound to be covered by.

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How long does conveyancing legal work need, in your opinion? I am buying in Somerset.

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The time required to sell or purchase residential property varies. This is affected by a number of legal considerations such as the tenure of the property. We strive to ensure your sale, purchase or remortgage receives fast and efficient service.

 
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