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Conveyancing in St Johns Wood Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/07/17

The closest airport to St Johns Wood is London City Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 13 miles, London Heliport Airport is 5 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 14 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 13 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 11 miles s, Elstree Airport is 11 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 17 miles away. The nearest station to St Johns Wood is London Marylebone, approximately a mile away.

Commuters are well catered for with St Johns Wood situated with very convenient motorway access inside 1m of the A40M.

The nearest hospital is Wellington London.

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How do I find the best conveyancing rates for a £265k house?

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Confusion over this issue catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many firms purport to offer so-called cheap conveyancing, however additional costs are often hiding in the terms and conditions which unwary homeowners fail to check. Any fees found in terms and conditions should be clearly defined. We offer quotes, not estimates, and clearly state all legal fees you pay for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Our agent has offered a law firm. Must we instruct them?

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If you choose a conveyancer referred through this route, you the agent can use their influence persuade a slow solicitor to work faster. These referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, as there is a risk that an agent may choose the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.

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Lawyers in St Johns Wood conduct official searches if acting for a home purchaser, but which specific ones?

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If purchasing and applying for a mortgage, your lender expects at least the following Local Authority (personal or official),

Drainage Search (Con29DW) and Environment Search, and possibly specific local searches, which might include Cheshire Brine Search.

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In 2 months we are looking to be finally moving out of our semi detached property in St Johns Wood to a bigger home in Little Venice . What is the best point to book a removal company?

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Most solicitors usually recommend that buyers delay arranging removals until after formal exchange of contracts as prior to this in all probability a moving date wont have been decided. Local removals companies include Fort Box, 6 Hall Rd, London, NW8 9PA Telephone: 020 7148 7000.

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We are buying on a St Johns Wood brownfield land. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste?

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Some metal contamination may have occurred throughout St Johns Wood, but contaminated land areas are labelled as such if the danger to the environment is judged to be too great. Metal contamination of soil in St Johns Wood is more likely to occur near ex-industrial sites or ex-landfills. Data on other contaminants, like groundwater contaminants like landfill leachate, will also be included in an environmental search.

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Godiva Mortgages will be our mortgage lender - what do I need to know?

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Some lenders are now reducing the size of their 'solicitor panel', which may result in increased conveyancing costs for buyers. We are able to act on behalf of most UK mortgage lenders, ensuring that an additional chosen solicitor will not be required to act for your lender.

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How much would my conveyancing searches be?

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With Homeward Legal's conveyancing service, St Johns Wood clients are required to pay at most £249 for the standard search bundle. Conveyancing searches are charged 'at cost'.

Q.

We have had a quote from you. Might we be billed any hidden costs?

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Homeward Legal will never charge any additional charges for conveyancing in St Johns Wood. Some firms only provide estimates disguised as quotes. The final bill you receive may be much more.

 
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