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Conveyancing in Upminster Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/07/17

Upminster is close at within a couple of miles off the M25 junction entry 29 Westbound.

The closest train station to Upminster is Upminster, about a mile away. London City Airport is 9 miles from Upminster. London Heliport Airport is 20 miles, London Airport is 20 miles, Rochester Airport is 19 miles, London Biggin Hill Airport is 19 miles and Stansted Airport is 23 miles away.

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Local Upminster attractions

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Upminster London Windmill, Aveley Belhus Woods Country Park and Brentwood Thorndon Country Park Country Park are easily accessible from Upminster.

The nearest hospital to Upminster is St Georges Hornchuch.

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We need to find low cost conveyancing in Upminster. What do I need to check for?

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Both high-street and online solicitors offer supposedly cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately additional costs may inflate your final invoice. Our quotes are not estimates, stating all the solicitors fees you will pay for a standard sale or purchase.

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What does 'gazumping' involve?

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The practice of rejecting a previously accepted offer when a higher offer is made by a second buyer is known as gazumping. The risk of getting gazumped is present in any transaction. Consider instructing a law firm early, and even before acceptance of an offer to reduce the chance of your offer being gazumped.

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Would the property's form for fixtures and fittings list items like paintings, pictures and mirrors?

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Usually, there is not a absolute definition of fixtures and fittings. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction.

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National Counties Building Society is going to be our mortgage lender - what will we need to check?

A small number of lenders have reduced the number of firms on their approved panel, potentially creating increased legal costs for buyers. We can act for the majority of lenders in the UK to ensure that you will not need to pay the lender's costs.

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Environmental searches may be standard procedure but when one considers climate change such as the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since 1920 are they sufficient to identify sufficient information about the changing Upminster flood risk?

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A competent Upminster conveyancer will advise you to include flood risk searches if the environmental conveyancing searches spots a any kind of local Upminster flood risk.

For more history it may be prudent to converse with a local resident or regional Havering flood repair builder - e.g. Action Dry Emergency Services Ltd, Po Box 139, Upminster, RM14 2YD Tel: 01708 501581.

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How do we determine additional info the status of the conservation areas in Upminster?

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Conservation areas in Upminster including street furniture, extensions or poorly maintained pavements are regulated by the local authority (Havering).

Following a campaign, English Heritage maintain a detailed list of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas as well as the vulnerability to getting worse.

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We plan to buy a rectory in Hanworth. Will a chancel search be necessary?

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Whether you are buying a building in Upminster or elsewhere in the county, the Upminster conveyancing solicitor may suggest that a chancel search is ordered. In Upminster's much older areas, chancel repair dues can be collected on new owners of a building where parish councils may have spared previous owners or tenants. For property in the parish of Hanworth, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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Are there many conservation areas in Upminster?

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With around 9,000 conservation areas across the country, the areas in or near Upminster will include numerous areas of historical or architectural value recorded as protected. You may wish to contact the local council for more information, but your solicitor will investigate this in detail during the property transaction.

 
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