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Conveyancing in St Ives Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/10/17

The closest airport to St Ives is Penzance Airport. Lands End Airport is 12 miles away and the closest station to St Ives is St Ives.

The neighbouring hospital for St Ives is Edward Hain Community St Ives.

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How do we find the best rates for conveyancing in St Ives for a 765,000 residence?

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Many buyers seeking discount conveyancing are caught out by the lure of very low conveyancing rates. Many solicitors claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately additional fees are often hiding in the terms and conditions which buyers may have not read carefully The conveyancing quote should list any disbursements.

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Which conveyancing searches should the conveyancer in St Ives apply for when carrying out the conveyancing for a St Ives building?

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The conventional procedure is to obtain Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search (Con29DW or personal) and Environment Search as well as any specific searches e.g. a Company Searches.

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Environmental searches are fine but when one considers recent flooding such as the widespread flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England are they sufficient to find out sufficient information about the evolving St Ives area flood risk?

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Conveyancing searches carried out by a solicitor in St Ives will also include a more thorough search (Landmark) if the risk warrants it.

Why not also contact a next door neighbour to get additional insight if you are still worried.

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Are you experienced enough to move fast on the legal conveyancing of residential property auction properties in St Ives?

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Our team are familiar with local and national auctions and do frequently do the legal work for sellers at auction. It is very important for purchasers to get a lawyer asap to allow for a full report of the legal papers for the lot prior to the property auction.

Following the day of the auction you are the lawyer is geared up to carry out the purchase legal work in 28 days as usually required by the terms of sale.

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Is a property survey sensible when purchasing property?

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It is heavily suggested that purchasers book a RICS survey. Numerous defects can affect a property, for example unsafe chimney circulation or corrosion of pipework, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.

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We are buying a house in the boundary of conservation area in St Ives, where does one find details on the state of upkeep?

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Following a campaign, English Heritage have put together records about the state of repair of conservation areas along with the vulnerability to standards slipping. Local St Ives conservation areas are set up by Huntingdonshire who preside over conservation area concerns from area development to the stoppage of poorly maintained public spaces.

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If we are intending to buy in the parish of Bradoc, should we order a chancel search?

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The solicitor is likely to recommend a chancel search, irrespective of the parish in which the house being purchased is found. Although some Parochial Church Councils have decided to exact chancel repairs on the current owners of affected property, it is not possible to be certain that a parish which has not imposed liability will continue to be free from liability. For property in the parish of Bradoc, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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Should we be concerned about fixtures and fittings?

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There is no clear definition of fixtures and fittings, resulting in considerable confusion once the buyer moves in and some items are missing. Early agreement of a list of fixtures and fittings will avoid later disputes, stating what is included with the sale.