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Conveyancing in Swindon Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/04/17

As corroborated by the 2011 census Swindon's population is 459,049 spread over an area of 216,573 hectares meaning a residential population density 2.1 people per hectare.

Swindon is approximately three miles off the M4 junction entry 15 Westbound.

Swindon's nearest airport is Kidlington, Oxford Airport (28 miles). The nearest train station to Swindon is Kemble.

Victoria Swindon is a nearby hospital.


How do we find the best conveyancing rates in Swindon for a £727,000 property?


Both high-street and online solicitors advertise supposedly cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra charges are frequently hidden in the terms and conditions. Busy, stressed home owners ignore these terms at their peril. Any additional fees should be reasonable. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.


If Swindon contaminated land is found in an environmental search, can we have the soil remediated?


Remediation can often be possible. For additional information, contact Green Acres Turf Ltd, Rowborough Farm/Rowborough La, South Marston, Swindon, SN3 4SU.


Our Swindon estate agent has suggested a solicitor, should we trust this recommendation?


The short answer is probably not. Solicitors pay estate agents a referral fee to recommend them to their clients, so the agent will then choose the highest paying solicitor to show you, rather than the one who fits you best.

To avoid this happening, just get some of your own conveyancing quotes too and compare them with the agent’s.

If you’d like to read more, see here,

or get a quick quote from us to see how much you could save on your conveyancing.


Which local authority is normally responsible for Swindon?


Swindon’s local authority is: Swindon Borough Council, Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH, contact: 01793 463000


How can we determine stamp duty and how much should it be on a £1.061mil Swindon house?


Stamp Duty is dependent on the value of the house or flat. On a £1.061mil property, stamp duty will be £53050.*

*This information correct as of December 2012


What does the Swindon property solicitor do if the maisonette we hope to invest in is in a registered conservation area and has ugly doors added?


Your property lawyer will make enquiries to determine if your proposed purchase is affected by a conservation area, and if so, whether any modifications have necessary consent from the local council.


Will a local Swindon conveyancer conduct official or personal searches on my home purchase?


Your conveyancer will advise the most appropriate route, depending on factors like lender requirements.

If personal searches are opted for, your conveyancer might look for a search agent with local experience e.g Searches UK - 0800 043 1815.


For a fast conveyancing process to buy a £821,000 property, what do we need to guarantee?


It is well established that moving faster is key to instruct a proactive conveyancing solicitor. There are, in addition, several things you could do to get moving sooner. These include:

  • contacting your conveyancing solicitor regularly
  • quickly answering your conveyancing solicitor's questions
  • getting your mortgage offer in place