How early do you need to instruct a conveyancing solicitor to act for us?
If you use a solicitor offering a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, the earlier, the better, as there are various tasks that may be performed immediately. A number of sources recommend postponing instruction until the offer is accepted, but delays can risk the other side pulling out, particularly in uncertain market conditions.
Which factors can affect land in St Andrews, and should they be an issue?
A wide range of contaminants caused by environmental factors may damage land in St Andrews, like civil aviation activity in the area and proximity to waste sites. An environmental search will give more detail.
Are the doctors/dentists/schools oversubscribed in the area I want to move to?
Although your conveyancing solicitor may have some personal knowledge of these critical factors, they are not part of the conveyancing process, so will not form part of the contract.
If aspects such as how likely you’ll get into a surgery or school are important to you, it is worth factoring this in at an early stage when you are researching the areas into which you want to move. You can also glean some facts from the estate agent representing properties where you want to move, too. You might also like to contact the surgeries or schools for further information.
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How can we determine stamp duty, how much do we need to pay on a £624000 residential property?
The Stamp Duty that will be due is calculated based on the value of the property. For a house bought for £624000, stamp duty is £24960.*
*This information correct as of February 2013
What do I do if new and severe damage is found after moving in?
You should reasonably expect the home into which you’re moving to be cleared, clean and without additional damage. Of course, things can happen as removals can chip plaster, scratch or tear wallpaper, etc., but if there is significant damage that was not present before, it would be advisable to talk to your solicitor to see if there is any recourse for you on your seller.
You may also like to think about writing a clause into the contract that money will only be released after a cursory inspection of the premises to confirm that you are happy. This needs to be agreed with the seller’s solicitor, but the expectation is already raised. Beware that, in the chaos of the moving day, you can’t afford to delay things too much, so it’s a fine balance.
How much will the fees for my conveyancing searches come to?
Conveyancing searches ranges in cost, depending on the particular searches ordered.
Will our conveyancing solicitor in St Andrews inform me about the cost of council tax for a Band D property prior to exchange of contracts?
The solicitor will liaise with the appropriate Bristol local authority to enquire about the latest council tax band and rates, which will be detailed in the title report. The correct charges for St Andrews are tabled at the Bristol local authority site. Currently on 20 October 2012 band rates are:
- Band A - £1,047.00
- Band B - £1,221.00
- Band C - £1,395.00
- Band D - £1,570.00
- Band E - £1,919.00
- Band F - £2,267.00
- Band G - £2,616.00
- Band H - £3,140.00
Does your firm manage the conveyancing of auction properties in St Andrews?
Our firm is very knowledgeable with residential property auction procedures. Quite often specialist buildings for example building plots, are included in auctions which need more due diligence. Conveyancers therefore suggest purchasers to choose a CQS solicitor well in advance of the property auction date so there is time for a full report of the legal documents.
After the auction day itself a property conveyancing lawyer will be able to concentrate on get through the legal side of things inside 28 days as required by the terms and conditions of sale.