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Conveyancing in Warminster Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/04/17

The closest station to Warminster is Warminster, about a mile away. Bristol Airport is 26 miles from Warminster.

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Local points of interest in Warminster

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Old Dilton St Mary Churches Conservation Trust and Sutton Veny St Leonard Old Church Churches Conservation Trust are situated in Warminster.

Warminster is the nearest hospital for Warminster.

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How can we ensure our cheap quote is fixed? We need fixed rate conveyancing.

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Many online and high street law firms advertise supposedly cheap conveyancing quotes, but extra costs will be included in the solicitor's terms.

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When should I instruct a solicitor to handle our sale?

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Generally, the earlier, the better, as conveyancing involves various tasks that can be carried out straight away. Some groups suggest holding off instruction until the offer is accepted, but you will then be at a serious disadvantage in the event of a contract race, or buyer eager to move quickly.

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What length of time may conveyancing to transact a flat take, according to your estimates?

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The length of time needed to transfer a home will vary, according to several issues which may affect the property including whether a mortgage lender requires particular searches. We work hard to ensure each client receives fast and efficient service.

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Could our offer be gazumped?

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Gazumping describes circumstances where a seller approves the first purchaser's offer, then dismisses it, choosing instead a second buyer's offer. Gazumping may happen even months into a purchase. The will be a risk of getting gazumped in any transaction, because

offers are not binding until exchange of contracts. Instructing an efficient solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer is a key first step to reducing this risk.

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the Royal Bank of Scotland is our mortgage lender - what will we need to check?

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Some lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel'. Homeward Legal, though, will act on behalf of most mortgage lenders so that the buyer will not have to pay your lender's legal costs.

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Property solicitors in Warminster get official conveyancing searches when they are instructed by a purchaser, which actual searches?

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If obtaining a mortgage lender mandates a solicitor to get at least a specified set of searches, including the following Local Authority, Drainage Search and Environment Search, and specific local Warminster searches e.g. a Company Searches.

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When we are buying a property close by a 1600s priory in Warminster, is it important that I get a chancel liability search?

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In Warminster, some owners can be required to subsidise maintenance of an old church building. A chancel search is used to confirm whether such a liability exists. Your conveyancing solicitor will suggest an appropriate indemnity policy to address chancel liability. Warminster churches include Boreham St John the Evangelist, Christ Church and The Minster Church of St Denys.

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I am buying a 1940s investment property in a designated conservation areas. How do I find more details on the standard of upkeep of the Warminster conservation area?

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Conservation areas are specified by the local authority (Wiltshire) who govern everything from the historic layout of roads to the stoppage of ugly parking meters. English Heritage maintain records about the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas in addition to the exposure to the area falling into disrepair.

 
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