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Conveyancing in West Byfleet Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/07/17

The nearest station to West Byfleet is Byfleet and New Haw and the nearest airport to West Byfleet is Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 10 miles, London Heliport Airport is 17 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 10 miles, Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 13 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 20 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 19 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 16 miles, Elstree Airport is 24 miles, White Waltham Airport is 16 miles, Blackbushe Airport is 15 miles, London Biggin Hill Airport is 23 miles and Booker Airport is 23 miles away.

West Byfleet is about 2m of the M25 junction entry 10 Westbound.

Woking is the most convenient hospital to West Byfleet.

Q.

How can we ensure our cheap quote is fixed? I need to find a low cost conveyancing quote in West Byfleet.

A.

Various law firms promote theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but extra fees are often hiding in the terms and conditions. We provide quotes, not estimates, and clearly state the fees for a standard conveyancing.

Q.

Will my West Byfleet solicitor in form me about the amount of council tax to be paid for a Band H apartment before exchange of contracts?

A.

A conveyancer will speak to the Elmbridge local council to discover the latest council tax charges which will be written in the conveyancer's title report. Correct charges for properties in West Byfleet are set out in detail on the Elmbridge council site. On 01 January 2013 the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,035.00
  • Band B - £1,208.00
  • Band C - £1,381.00
  • Band D - £1,553.00
  • Band E - £1,898.00
  • Band F - £2,243.00
  • Band G - £2,588.00
  • Band H - £3,106.00

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I am buying a 1930s building in a designated conservation area in West Byfleet. How do we find details about the state of repair of the conservation area?

A.

Following a campaign, English Heritage have produced a list about the state of repair of conservation areas as well as the exposure to the area falling into disrepair. Local West Byfleet conservation areas are set up by Elmbridge who manage conservation area concerns from public spaces to the avoidance of new developments.

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When in the conveyancing process is it wise to arrange a conveyancing solicitor?

A.

Whether you are buying or selling in West Byfleet, the faster you instruct the better. Instructing your solicitor sooner can reduce the likelihood of the sale or purchase falling though.

Q.

Do I need a property survey for our home purchase?

A.

It is strongly suggested that most purchasers arrange an inspection. Numerous concerns will impact a property, such as severe weathering. These will not be reported on by a solicitor.

Q.

Lawyers in West Byfleet get official conveyancing searches if instructed by a purchaser - what particular ones?

A.

If applying for a mortgage the mortgage lender requires you to at least the following Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environment Search, as well as any area-specific searches such as Index Map.

Q.

Regarding the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since on record I am worried that property environmental searches won't be sufficient?

A.

Flood searches carried out by your West Byfleet conveyancing solicitor should also include the far more thorough Landmark flood search if the risk is deemed significant.

Why not also get in touch with a neighbour of the property to get more information.

Q.

How much time may the legal work to buy a home need? The house being transacted is also in the area.

A.

On average, the amount of time taken to transfer a property does vary, according to several issues. With our West Byfleet property specialists, each client is handled as fast as possible, without compromising on service.

 
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