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Conveyancing in Staffordshire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/04/17

Local points of interest in Staffordshire

Stafford: access Castle and Bury Ring Iron Age Hill Fort Archaeological Site are around Staffordshire.

Staffordshire is nearby at around 1/2 mile of junction entry 13 Northbound of the M6.

Staffordshire's nearest airport is Wolverhampton Business Airport Airport (19 miles). The closest station to Staffordshire is Stafford.

The most convenient hospital for Staffordshire is Rowley Hall Stafford.

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We need a fixed rate conveyancing estimate in Staffordshire. Will I get a quote or and estimate?

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Several property lawyers advertise 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', however additional fees may inflate your final invoice. A quote for conveyancing in Staffordshire must also state any disbursements. Extra charges ought to be clearly defined. They only be applied if your lawyer is required to complete unexpected extra work in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

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Should I get a Homebuyer Report for this house purchase?

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It is heavily suggested that you book a RICS surveyor. There are a range of problems that affect a property. These include insect infestation or subsidence.

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What can affect land in Staffordshire. Are they a problem?

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A wide range of contaminants caused by environmental concerns can impact land in Staffordshire. Contaminants such as a proximate telecommunications base station or infilled land will be detailed in an appropriate search.

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Will my Staffordshire property solicitor do personal or official searches on my home purchase?

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Your lawyer will make a recommendation regarding the most appropriate type of search, depending on issues like building society requirements. If personal searches are used the conveyancing solicitor will try to find a search agent wit local experience like CS & R Ltd T/A Midland searches, 13 Cedar Drive, Tamworth, Staffs, B79 8QL Tel: 01827 702418 Fax: 01827 310148

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What will the council tax cost for a residential Band B flat in Staffordshire?

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The relevant band should as a rule be set out as part of the report on title along with the local council

Up-to-date rates for Staffordshire are published on the East Staffordshire local authority site. At the time of authoring (01 December 2012) rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £992.00
  • Band B - £1,157.00
  • Band C - £1,323.00
  • Band D - £1,488.00
  • Band E - £1,819.00
  • Band F - £2,149.00
  • Band G - £2,480.00
  • Band H - £2,976.00

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

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It is well established that a fast conveyancing transaction is crucial to is to use a proactive solicitor. When selecting a solicitor, you should ask the following: What methods of communication do they use? Posting documents can adds days of waiting to a purchase. Will they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis? Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?

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Doing ones own conveyancing without the aid of a Staffordshire property solicitor appears to be becoming possible as a seller of a home but would it really be a smart move ?

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There are no arguments why a home buyer should not conceivably take care of he majority of the legal work without an experienced Staffordshire conveyancer. However, a property lawyer in Staffordshire typically handles a large array of skilled tasks ranging from interpreting replies to enquiries and interpreting management accounts many of which are better done by someone with adequate training. Fundamentally have a go conveyancers will not be covered by suitable professional indemnity insurance which practicing solicitors firms are required by the SRA to obtain.

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We are buying a converted chapel in Tixall. Will a chancel search be required?

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The conveyancing lawyer could advise that a chancel search is taken out, regardless of the parish in which the building being purchased is found. Although some Parochial Church Councils have chosen to impose chancel repairs on the current owners of lay rectorships, a solicitor cannot state with certainty that a parish where dues have not recently been paid will remain liability-free for new owners, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.

 
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