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Conveyancing in Trafford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 29/04/17

Motorists are well served with Trafford enjoying good road access nearby at 1.4 miles of Junction 8 Westbound of the M60.

Eccles, Barton Aerodrome Airport is 4 miles from Trafford. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is 22 miles, Manchester Terminals 1 & 3 Airport is 6 miles, Manchester Terminal 2 Airport is 5 miles and Eccles Airport is 4 miles away. The closest train station to Trafford is Navigation Road.

Trafford General is a relatively close hospital to Trafford.

Q.

How do I get the best rates for conveyancing for a £319,000 property?

A.

Various solicitors purport to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Often extra charges will be included in small print which unwary buyers fail to check. The disbursements to be paid ought to be defined on a Trafford conveyancing quote. Our quotes are not estimates, stating all the solicitors fees you will pay for a standard sale or purchase.

Q.

Do Homeward Legal get involved in auction conveyancing in Trafford?

A.

All of our property conveyancers frequently work for sellers at auction. Lawyers always advocate bidders to formally instruct their chosen lawyer prior to the auction day to allow sufficient time for a detailed report of the auction legal papers.

Subsequently, following the property auction a prepared property lawyer is geared up to finish the transaction in under 28 days after exchange of contracts, a normal requirement of terms of sale.

Q.

The property being bought is on a ex-industrial use land. Possibly cobalt (Co) top-soil contamination may be an issue.

Soil contamination is monitored frequently. Data on many contaminants, such as chlorinated solvents, will be included in an environmental search.

Q.

Is it a silly move to take care of the conveyancing myself on my own.

A.

In theory there is no argument why a home seller cannot conduct bulk of the legal process yourself. In reality however, a property solicitor takes care of a large number of actions including chasing deeds and DS1 documents and registering the new title owner some of which require a qualified professional. In any event however, lawyers are required to get appropriate indemnity insurance to safeguard you in the event of any oversights.

Q.

Do you need a chancel search? We are buying on the same road as a church constructed around the 1400s in Trafford.

A.

Where land in Trafford was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to pay for repairs to specific local church buildings. A chancel search is employed to check whether such a liability exists. Liability is more common in some parts of the country. A conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise further.

Q.

How do we determine SDLT, and how much will it be on a £597000 property?

A.

The Stamp Duty owed will depend on the valuation. Stamp duty will be £23880 on a £597000 house or flat (information correct 01/01/2013).

Q.

Which Trafford areas are eligible for disadvantaged area relief?

A.

Disadvantaged areas in Trafford are identified by ward, and affected areas include Talbot, Clifford and Bucklow. Update: As of the 2013/14 tax year, stamp duty relief for disadvantaged areas is no longer available.

Q.

How is Trafford contaminated land identified when purchasing a house?

A.

Residential property in Trafford may have been contaminated by a broad range of human activities, like civil aviation activity in the area. An environmental search will give more information.

 
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