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Conveyancing in West Kensington Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

Local points of interest in West Kensington

Carlyle's House National Trust , Wandsworth London Windmill, Science Museum Kensington Aviation Museum and 7 Hammersmith Terrace Historic Houses Association are in the vicinity of West Kensington.

West Kensington's nearest station is West Brompton. West Kensington's closest airport is Northolt Jet Centre Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 11 miles s, London City Airport is 11 miles s, London Heliport Airport is 2 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 13 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 23 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 23 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 11 miles s, Elstree Airport is 13 miles, White Waltham Airport is 24 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 15 miles away.

Commuters are well served with West Kensington ideally situated with excellent major road access very close at inside 2 miles of the A40M.

The most convenient hospital is Charing Cross London.

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How do I get a cheap solicitor in West Kensington for purchasing a house?

A.

Many property lawyers promote so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately additional costs will be included in small print. Excited buyers and sellers, eager to get underway, often ignore this small print when they instruct. Any disbursements ought to be defined on a conveyancing quote Any fees listed in terms and conditions ought to be fair and reasonable and come into force only if your conveyancer is required to perform tasks outside a normal transaction in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Should we order a chancel search if I am intending to purchase in the parish of South Mymms, near West Kensington?

A.

The conveyancing solicitor may suggest that a chancel search is taken out, irrespective of the parish in which the home being purchased is found. In West Kensington's much older areas, chancel repair has the potential to be charged on owners of a home where church councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners. It is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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How do I hold off paying out for stamp duty on our new property?

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We strongly advise against any stamp duty mitigation. These schemes are often uneconomical and often likely to fail.

Q.

How is stamp duty determined?

A.

The Stamp Duty you must pay is dependent on the value of the property. On a £77k West Kensington home, stamp duty will be £0 (information accurate 01/02/2013).

Q.

For the purchase, my mortgage lender, we have chosen Bank of Scotland - is there anything we need to be aware of?

A.

Some lenders are now limiting the firms who can act for them, potentially creating increased legal costs for buyers. Homeward Legal can act on behalf of all major lenders to keep legal costs to a minimum.

Q.

I really need to find extra fast West Kensington conveyancing solicitors - is that you guys?

A.

Truthfully a lot of lawyers are just lackadaisical which usually adds a lot of stress to buying and selling.

Our approach is different - we use the latest IT and integrated systems . Critically , we always give you a lawyer qualified to communicate through every part of the property chain .

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What do I need to be aware of if we acquire a house in a Kensington and Chelsea council designated conservation area ?

A.

Part of the conveyancing process includes carrying out searches of the local authority to ascertain conservation area status and formal approval for modifications. .

Q.

I have found many books going into great depth on doing your own legal work such as How to Buy Your First Home (And How to Sell it Too) by Phil Spencer. That being the case, do I need to spend money on a West Kensington solicitor for my home move?

A.

There are no reasons why a home mover cant adopt a DIY approach and engage in the majority of the conveyancing without a skilled conveyancer in West Kensington. That said, a West Kensington property solicitor takes care of a huge array of jobs including checking contracts and reading the lease many of which require a skilled professional.

Above all else DIY conveyancers will not be covered by relevant insurance cover which practicing legal firms will take out.

 
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