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Conveyancing in Swindon Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/10/17

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.

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

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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.

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We are selling in Swindon, when is a good time to create a fixtures and fittings form?

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Start as soon as you can. Fixtures and fittings forms often get left till the last minute, causing confusion for the buyer who needs to know what will be included in the property. Usually things that are removable are included, such as lighting.

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We are going to buy a period building in the boundary of Swindon conservation area, where can I find details in regards to the present state of repair?

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Conservation areas in Swindon are created by the local authority (Swindon) who manage conservation area concerns from

what can be developed to the policing of advertising hoardings. Following a campaign, English Heritage have produced a detailed list about the state of repair of conservation areas in addition to the risk of deterioration.

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Which local authority is normally responsible for Swindon?

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

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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?

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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.

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How is Swindon contaminated land investigated when buying a house?

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Several contaminants could lessen the value of property in Swindon. Issues such as environmental radon sources will be reported on in environmental search results. Shaw Farm, Galton Way, Wiltshire, SN2 2DU is a source of potential contamination in Swindon.

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

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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.

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We are considering purchasing in Whitworth, we will need to know if disadvantaged area relief is available.

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Disadvantaged areas are identified by council ward. Disadvantaged areas in Swindon are Park and Whitworth. Update: As of the 2013/14 tax year, stamp duty relief for disadvantaged areas is no longer available.