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Conveyancing in Walkden Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/17

Local Walkden attractions

Worsley Court House English Heritage and Bolton Museum & Art Gallery Art Gallery are in Walkden.

Walkden is inside 1 mile of junction entry 2 Northbound of the M61.

Eccles, Barton Aerodrome Airport is 4 miles from Walkden. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is 23 miles, Manchester Terminals 1 & 3 Airport is 13 miles, Manchester Terminal 2 Airport is 12 miles and Eccles Airport is 4 miles away. Walkden's nearest train station is Walkden.

Farnworth, Royal Bolton is a relatively close hospital to Walkden.

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How do I get the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Walkden?

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The confusion over what is, and is not, included in a 'cheap' quote leaves many homeowners paying out more than they anticipated in the end, and many conveyancers advertise theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes, but additional costs are often hiding in the terms and conditions. Extra charges should be reasonable and clear. Any disbursements to be paid should also be clearly stated on the quote. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the solicitors' fees, based on the property you are buying.

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We have taken out a quote from you. Will there be any additional costs?

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Homeward Legal will not charge any additional charges whatsoever.

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Do I need a chancel search if I am buying in Walkden?

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Potentially amounting to over £100,000 in repair cost obligations, chancel liability should be considered by buyers of Walkden property likely to be affected. Parochial Church Councils in Walkden must register their interest over property by October 2013, simplifying the chancel search process. The solicitor carrying out the legal work for your move will confirm that a chancel search is appropriate.

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What actions can I take to bypass paying out for stamp duty on buying a house in Walkden?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax commonly must be paid for houses over £125,000. Stamp duty reduction scheme should not be considered when purchasing in Walkden. These schemes are highly expensive and often likely to fail. There have been a number of government initiatives, such as disadvantaged area relief. A conveyancing solicitor should confirm whether you are eligible.

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Is contaminated land in Walkden an issue for many homes?

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Property may be contaminated by many natural causes and human activities. Contaminants such as air pollution will be considered as part of the environmental searches.

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Do we need a chancel search if I plan to buy in the parish of Walkden?

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A conveyancing lawyer may suggest a chancel search, irrespective of the parish where the property being bought is located. Chancel repair dues can be collected on new owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils may have not done so in the past, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.

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Will we need a building survey?

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We recommend that all buyers in Walkden book a property surveyor. Many problems have a negative impact on a property, including flat roof leaks or poor drainage, and issues such as these are not likely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.

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Will the Walkden lawyer report back to me about the amount of council tax to be paid for a Band A flat prior to completion?

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Your property solicitor will write to the council to reveal the most up to date council tax rates, which should subsequently be detailed in the report on title. The latest council tax rates for homes in Walkden are detailed online at the Salford local authority site. At the time of writing on 27 August 2012 rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £1,016.00
  • Band B - £1,185.00
  • Band C - £1,354.00
  • Band D - £1,523.00
  • Band E - £1,862.00
  • Band F - £2,200.00
  • Band G - £2,539.00
  • Band H - £3,047.00

 
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