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Updated: 20/10/17

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

By road: Twickenham is served by the A310 and A316. By rail: The nearest train station is Twickenham. By air: Since Twickenham is located in southwest London, there are many airports accessible from the town: London Heathrow Airport (6 miles), London Heliport (9), Northolt Jet Centre (11), Elstree Aerodrome (18), London City Airport (21), London Biggin Hill Airport (25), TAG London Farnborough Airport and Blackbushe Airport (both 29 miles away), Wycombe Air Field (29), London Gatwick Airport (31), and London Luton Airport (50 miles).

Hospital: West Middlesex University, Twickenham Road, Isleworth, TW7 6AF. Council: London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames (www.richmond.gov.uk).

Attractions: Twickenham Stadium, World Rugby Museum, Radnor Gardens, Strawberry Hill House, Thames Riverside, Eel Pie Island, and Twickenham Museum.

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How soon should I instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Twickenham?

With a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, such as that offered by Homeward Legal, instructing a conveyancing solicitor as early as possible is the best thing you can do to move the process on. Early instruction of a lawyer for a sale means that, prior to marketing the property, the legal documents can be prepared to make it potentially more attractive to motivated buyers. If you are buying, you can shave days off the process by having the details of your instructed solicitor ready for when you make an offer on a property. 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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I am buying property in Twickenham, but is it important that conveyancing searches are done?

Searches are a typical bundle of questions carried out on your behalf by a conveyancing solicitor (for example, a chancel search, or a flood-risk search). Buyers should know that searches refer specifically to facets affecting the legal title and will not touch on anything to do with the structural integrity of the building itself, for which you’ll need a chartered surveyor.

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Which Twickenham mortgage lenders do you work with?

Homeward Legal are in the fortunate position of having worked regularly with most of the mortgage-lenders in Twickenham. This means that we can act on their behalf if there are any legal necessities arising as part of your mortgage application, thereby eliminating the possibility of them passing on their legal costs to you. Lenders and mortgage specialists with offices in and around Twickenham include:

  • Redmen Financial Ltd., 11 Evelyn Close, Twickenham, TW2 7BL
  • Executive Mortgages & Investments Ltd., 6 Park Road, Teddington, TW11 0AA
  • TSB Bank, 398 King Street, Twickenham, TW1 3SL
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How much do conveyancing searches cost for a purchase in Twickenham?

Searches range in cost, depending on which ones are required to establish the legal title on your planned property, and which are imposed by your lender, if you are applying for a mortgage to assist with the purchase. Searches are disbursements and are charged to you at cost.

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How long will the conveyancing work take? I am buying in Twickenham.

It is not uncommon for a conveyancing transaction to take as long as three months; equally, it’s not unheard of to complete within just three weeks. The issue with conveyancing is that it’s not wholly predictable. This wide range results from a number of issues that may affect the property (e.g. a property has a mortgage, or someone in the chain has been gazumped). 8 to 12 weeks is the average for many firms. At Homeward Legal, however, we will, wherever feasible, work towards a six-week timescale. Call our waiting team of conveyancing experts on 800 038 6699 for your free, fixed-fee quote.

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We are buying in Twickenham. Can I verify whether the property is in a conservation area?

In and around Twickenham, there are several areas of conservation, which are designated as such because of registered architectural or historical significance. Living in a conservation area can mean more than just the buildings are affected; protection for trees and other flora may also be under restrictions as to what you can do with them. The limitations on what you are able to do at the

property and its grounds can add to the maintenance costs. Your solicitor will address what the impact of buying a house in a conservation area may have in the report on title.

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I have been reading about self-conveyancing when buying and selling a house, but is it viable to do the legal work without any help?

Legally speaking, there are no impediments to a home-buyer opting to perform the great majority of the legal and technical work without assistance. However, a conveyancing solicitor juggles a large number of assignments (ranging from approving contracts to interpreting the lease), most of which require a qualified solicitor. There is also a risk that you will incur delays as you grapple with the complex areas of conveyancing and put your entire transaction in jeopardy. Give Homeward Legal’s team a call on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your conveyancing requirements, and to obtain your free fixed-fee quote.

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Do I need searches for chancel liability if I am buying a flat in Twickenham?

Where land in Twickenham was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to pay for upkeep of a local church if the parochial church council has registered an interest. Indemnity policies can be arranged if the chancel liability is likely to be enforced. Churches in the area where a chancel search may be necessary include:

  • All Hallows, 138 Chertsey Road, Twickenham, TW1 1EW
  • All Saints, Campbell Road, Twickenham, TW2 5BY
  • Holy Trinity, 1 Vicarage Road, Twickenham, TW2 5TS
  • St. Mary’s, Church Street, Twickenham, TW1 3NJ
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Where do I determine more info on the upkeep of the conservation areas in Twickenham?

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English Heritage, a government body, have produced a list of the condition of conservation areas in Twickenham and across England in addition to the risk of deterioration or improvement. Local Twickenham conservation area issues, like public spaces, loft extensions or neglected buildings are administered by the local authority (Richmond upon Thames).

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I have read about the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since records began we are thinking that flood searches might not be sufficient?

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Your Twickenham conveyancing solicitor should apply for detailed property environmental searches if the first conveyancing searches flag up a Twickenham flood risk.

For added area background it may be sensible to get in touch with a neighbour or local resident.

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We are buying in Twickenham. Can I verify if the property is in a conservation area?

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The neighbourhoods located near Twickenham will include several areas of conservation. Living in a conservation area can mean protection for trees and other flora, but the restrictions can add to maintenance costs. A solicitor will address the impact buying in a conservation area may have.

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Might the conveyancing fees in Twickenham take into account any hidden charges?

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Unfortunately, buyers must be on their guard for considerable extra costs hidden in small print. We will not charge any hidden extra fees.

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Which local authority is responsible for Twickenham?

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Twickenham is located in London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Council, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 3BZ, phone: 08456 122 663

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We are looking to move out of our terraced house on the outskirts of Twickenham to a bigger property in East Sheen . What is the best point to instruct a removals firm?

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Most conveyancers usually recommend that you wait until exchange of contracts as in all probability an actual date will not have been confirmed. Local information can be sought from Arclite Removals, 30 Rugby Rd, Twickenham, TW1 1DG on 020 8891 0296 or Central Moves Ltd, 5 Rugby Rd, Twickenham, TW1 1DG Phone: 0800 216123.

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What kind of scrutiny as respects the uncertain risk of a flood in Richmond Upon Thames will a Twickenham conveyancer give details on for a Victorian property we are going to buy?

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A property solicitor applies for conveyancing searches that incorporate Twickenham area flood risk data. At the time of this article being published (01-Jan-13) there were no warnings around the Fluvial River Crane at the River Thames riverside from Putney Bridge to Teddington Weir