Is a drainage search a fee or disbursement?
An ideal quote will itemise fees and disbursements, clearly stating which is which. This charge is a disbursement not a fee, and is passed on to the buyer at cost.
Will my Thornbury property solicitor report back to me about the cost of council tax for a Band G house before exchanging contracts?
A solicitor will consult with the South Gloucestershire local council to find out the latest council tax charges which will then be added to the conveyancer's title report. Up-to-date charges for homes in Thornbury are listed at the South Gloucestershire council website. On 01 February 2013 the rates are:
- Band A - £1,023.00
- Band B - £1,193.00
- Band C - £1,364.00
- Band D - £1,534.00
- Band E - £1,875.00
- Band F - £2,216.00
- Band G - £2,557.00
- Band H - £3,068.00
My local agent has offered a solicitor . Will it be faster to use them?
Many agents in Thornbury will have a referral arrangement with solicitors where they refer clients. However, if the agent is paid a fee by the solicitor, there is a risk that an agent may choose the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.
Is there a benefit to going to auction over a standard estate agent sale?
The majority of homes sold via an estate agent will be in a reasonable condition and usually modernised, whereas auction properties will often require a lot of modernisation or structural work before it can be lived in. That’s not to say you can’t use either for your sale, of course, irrespective of the state of the property.
Whichever option you choose, you should line up a focused, proactive solicitor on a fixed-fee agreement protected by a ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee. You should appoint them as early as possible, too, so that the conveyancing work can start immediately – this is particularly important for auctions, as there is usually a four-week completion stipulation on its sale.
At Homeward Legal, we offer you’re the best quality service on all types of sale and purchase, including auctions, for competitively low fees protected by our 'No Completion, No Fee' guarantee. Try our online quote calculator or call our team on 0800 038 6699.
What sort of environmental searches into the risk of flooding around Gloucestershire will my conveyancing solicitor in Thornbury be able to do?
An essential step in the conveyancing procedure involves your conveyancing lawyer carrying out conveyancing searches (environmental) that provide specific information about the potential risk of flooding in Thornbury.
We have requested a quote from you. Could I be expected to pay any hidden charges?
Homeward Legal will not charge any hidden fees. Know that some solicitors only estimate conveyancing costs, meaning that your final bill could be much higher.
Is Thornbury soil possibly contaminated by antimony (Sb)?
There are extensive regulations imposed to stop future top-soil contamination. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including groundwater contaminants like hydrocarbons and herbicides.