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Conveyancing in Washington Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/04/17

Washington area information

Washington Old Hall National Trust Herrington Country Park Sunderland Country Park and North East Aircraft Museum Aviation Museum are close to Washington.

Washington's closest train station is Chester-Le-Street at 4 miles. Washington's closest airport is Newcastle Airport (12 miles).

Washington is nearby at about 1.5m of the A194M junction entry 1 Southbound.

The closest hospital to Washington is Washington, Picktree Ln.


How do I find the best rates for conveyancing in Washington for a £722,000 house?


Several conveyancers offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately extra costs are frequently hidden in the terms and conditions, left unread by preoccupied buyers The disbursements to be paid should also be included on the quote Additional charges needs to be fair and clearly defined. They be applicable solely where your lawyer is required to complete unexpected extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.


Washington property lawyers do official conveyancing searches when instructed by a purchaser - which actual ones?


If you are obtaining a mortgage the building society of bank requires you to a specified set of searches, including - Local Authority Search, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW) and Environmental, as well as any specific searches, which might include Utilities report.


Is contaminated land an issue in Washington?

Numerous of contaminants caused by natural and human-influenced issues has the potential to affect property in Washington, like local historic industrial processes. An environmental search should offer more information.


My agent has named the firm of solicitors. Will it be cheaper to instruct them?


Many agents in Gosforth have referral deals with solicitors where they refer clients. These referrals should be considered carefully, as an agent may decide to recommend the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.


In about 6 weeks we are likely to be moving from our detached home on the outskirts of Washington into our new house in Wallsend , when to book a removals firm?


Homeward Legal tend to advise that house movers wait organising removals until the point where exchange of contracts because in all probability a date wont have been settled.

If you are looking for a local company try AAAAA Washington Removals, 17 Raydale Av, Washington, NE37 2JY Tel: 07719 767631 or A1 Concorde, 102 The Dr, Washington, NE37 2LG Call: 07719 767631.


How much does our searches cost?


Searches range in cost, subject to the searches your lender requires. Searches are disbursements, and are charged 'at cost'.


For fast conveyancing to buy a £938,000 house, how can we speed things up?


Most importantly, finding a proactive, diligent solicitor is the key to a fast completion. Furthermore, there are several things you, as the purchaser, can also do to speed up the process, including, getting your mortgage offer in place, promptly answering your solicitor's questions (by email if possible) and keeping in regular contact with your solicitor.


Is simultaneous exchange and completion a disbursement or fee?


A quote will clearly list all disbursements and fees. This cost is a fee not a disbursement. It should be included in a conveyancing quote.