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Updated: 20/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Stockton-on-Tees -

By road: Stockton-on-Tees is served by the A19, A66, A135 and A177. By rail: The nearest train station is Stockton-on-Tees. By air: There are two airports in reasonably close proximity to Stockton-on-Tees: Durham Tees Valley Airport (8 miles), and Newcastle Airport (43).

Hospital: University Hospital of North Tees, Hardwick Road, Hardwick, Stockton-on-Tees, TS19 8PE. Council: Stockton-on-Tees Borough (www.stockton.gov.uk).

Attractions: Brierly Wood, Preston Park Museum and Grounds, Newham Grange Park, Butterfly World, and Wynyard Woodlands Park.

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What are the reasons why the conveyancing process takes weeks for a purchase in Stockton-on-Tees rather than days?

The legal work involved in buying or selling Stockton-on-Tees property will occasionally be subject to numerous interruptions or delays (for example, additional legal processes that couldn’t have been predicted at the outset, or someone in the chain struggling to finalise a mortgage). At Homeward Legal, we endeavour to minimise their cost whenever it is possible by pushing all parties involved in a proactive and pragmatic way. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to obtain your fixed-fee quote backed up with our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

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When do we need to speak to a conveyancing solicitor for our house in Stockton-on-Tees?

In the majority of situations, the sooner you appoint your solicitor, the better. There are various tasks that may be performed straight away, so an early instruction will improve the chance of completing the conveyancing early. Promptly instructing a conveyancing solicitor for a sale allows relevant information to be sourced sooner (this is particularly true for leasehold properties), whereas, if you are buying, you will have the details of your Stockton-on-Tees solicitor ready when you make an offer on a house.

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Do fixtures and fittings include things like tables and chairs?

Chiefly, fixtures are affixed securely to walls, floors or ceilings and fittings are free-standing items, such as tables or movable cupboards. To avoid any confusion, Homeward Legal advises agreement of a ‘fixtures and fittings’ form by both parties, stating what is to be included with the sale. This is also something that can be done earlier in the process, thereby removing a potential problem later in the transaction.

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Our estate agent in Stockton-on-Tees has referred us to a firm of solicitors that they have used before. Will it be cheaper to instruct them?

Your agent will have some influence over a law firm they refer many clients to, and can therefore exert pressure on them to wrap up the conveyancing process as soon as possible. If the estate agent is paid a referral fee by the law firm, however, the agent may prefer to suggest the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, and not the most appropriate choice for your needs. To discuss your needs, give our team of conveyancing experts a call on 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote.

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What are the searches that my lawyer should apply for in the conveyancing on a Stockton-on-Tees flat?

The common procedure will be to obtain a Local Authority Search, a Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal), and an Environment Search. In addition, depending on your circumstances and whether you are getting a mortgage, where the lender specifically requests them, there might be other area-specific searches e.g. a Chancel Search or a more in-depth Flood-Risk Search.

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Of the large Stockton-on-Tees lenders, which firms are on your panel?

The Homeward Legal partnership of solicitors has worked with the majority of lenders assisting purchasers in Stockton-on-Tees. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include:

  • Alliance and Leicester PLC, 31 High Street, Stockton-On-Tees, TS18 1SB
  • Teesside Independent Mortgages, Ltd., Apsley Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 5GD
  • TSB Bank, 10 The Causeway, Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, TS23 2LQ
  • Q.

    We have researched the possibility of doing the legal work ourselves for our flat in Stockton-on-Tees. Do we really have to use a conveyancer?

    There is no legal stipulation why you shouldn't look after the bulk of your own conveyancing without the involvement of a qualified conveyancing solicitor. In reality, though, a property lawyer looks after a huge array of legal tasks (such as approving contract terminology and interpreting management accounts), some of which require adequate legal training. Even more importantly, DIY conveyancers will not be covered by the applicable insurance cover that solicitors’ practices are duty-bound to have.

    Q.

    We need to complete this leasehold property purchase in Stockton-on-Tees as soon as possible, so can we get fast conveyancing?

    Key to increasing the pace of the conveyancing is to instruct a property lawyer as early as possible. When choosing a solicitor, you should consider these questions:

    • Do they offer 'no move, no fee' protection? This can incentivise a faster transaction.
    • Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?
    • Are phone, fax and email their preferred methods of contact?
    • Can they order the searches now?

    Homeward Legal offers this and more. To discuss your needs and to obtain your fixed-fee, ‘No Move, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our team on 0800 038 6699.

    Q.

    Do fixtures and fittings include things like tables and chairs?

    A.

    Chiefly, fixtures are fixed to walls, floors or ceilings securely and fixtures are free-standing items, like tables. To avoid confusion, a list should be agreed by both sides, stating what is included with the sale.

    Q.

    If Stockton on Tees contaminated land is found in an environmental search, can we have the top soil remediated?

    A.

    Where land has been contaminated by industry or other sources, remediation is often feasible, though expensive, and local authorities will usually be responsible. A local specialist such as Philmewagon, Rothwell Cr, Stockton-On-Tees, TS19 9AN can provide more details.

    Q.

    The vendor appears to have added unfitting satellite dishes on the house in Stockton on Tees which I think may break conservation area rules

    A.

    The lawyer will make enquiries to check if the property is affected by a designated conservation area and whether any alterations have required consents from the Stockton-on-Tees authority.

    Q.

    Our estate agent in Stockton on Tees has offered a firm of solicitors that they have used before. Will it be cheaper to instruct them?

    A.

    Your agent will have influence over a law firm they refer many clients to, and can therefore exert pressure on a solicitor to wrap up the process as soon as possible. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, the agent may prefer to suggest the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.

    Q.

    Which local authority looks after Stockton on Tees?

    A.

    Stockton on Tees is located in Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LD phone: 01642 393939

    Q.

    Of the large Stockton on Tees lenders, which firms are on your panel?

    A.

    The Homeward Legal partnership have worked with the majority of lenders assisting purchasers in Stockton on Tees. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include Alliance, 24 St. Crispins Ct, Stockton-On-Tees, TS19 0JE.

    Q.

    As a consequence of the major flooding in Sept 2012 in North East England we are wondering if flood risk searches won't be thorough enough?

    A.

    Flood searches handled by a conveyancing solicitor in Stockton on Tees will also include the more informative Landmark flood search if required.

    If you are concerned you could attempt to call a local resident.