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Conveyancing in West London Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/10/17

Commuters are well catered for with West London ideally situated with good motorway access close at about a couple of miles of the A40M.

The nearest airport to West London is London City Airport (7 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 15 miles, London Heliport Airport is 4 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 25 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 15 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 13 miles, Elstree Airport is 14 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 14 miles away and Charing Cross station is around a mile from West London.

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West London area information

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Brixton London Windmill, London National Portrait Gallery Art Gallery and Temple Middle Temple Hall Historic Building are situated in West London.

The nearest hospital is Royal London Homeopathic.

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How do I find the best conveyancing rates for a £110,000 residence?

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Many online and high street solicitors purport to offer supposedly cheap conveyancing quotes, however extra costs will be included in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Busy, stressed buyers ignore these terms at their peril. Applicable disbursements must also be stated on your quote Fees listed in the small print should be fair. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

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Property conveyancing searches may be all well and good but in light of recent events such as the fact that last year was second wettest year since on record are they comfort enough to advise us sufficient information about the changing West London risk of flooding?

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Flood searches applied for by the conveyancer in West London should also include a far more informative search (Landmark) if required.

If you are apprehensive try to contact a local resident.

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Is a drainage search a disbursement or fee?

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It may not be clear if an item on your quote is a disbursement or a fee. This charge,e.g., is a disbursement not a fee, and is passed on at cost.

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We are buying on a recently-developed brownfield site. Could the topsoil be contaminated by industrial waste like cadmium (Cd)?

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Given the history of industry and agriculture in parts of West London, topsoil contamination cannot be totally avoided. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including trichloroethylene.

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Beverley Building Society is going to be our lender - what will we need to check?

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When purchasing with a mortgage, your lender will require legal work to be carried out on their behalf. Some lenders have reduced the number of firms on their approved panel. For purchasers, this can result in significantly increased conveyancing costs. Homeward Legal can act for most mortgage lenders.

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We have requested a quote from you. Will I be charged any extra charges?

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Our solicitors will never charge any hidden extra charges for conveyancing in West London.

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How do we work out stamp duty, and what amount should we budget for a £279000 West London residence?

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The Stamp Duty you must pay is dependent on the property's price. For a property purchased for £279000, the SDLT rate is £8370.*

*Source: www.hmrc.gov.uk, 01/02/2013

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Bookshops have a multitude of guidebooks on the subject of how to do DIY conveyancing such as House Buying, Selling and Conveyancing: How to Save Estate Agent and Solicitor Fees When Buying or Selling Property . Do I actually have to use conveyancer in West London ?

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In theory there are absolutely no arguments why you cant go down that route and handle the legal work without assistance. In reality however, a property solicitor typically handles a large number of activities such as chasing any outstanding docs or ensuring listed building alterations are compliant many of which are better done by someone with a qualified solicitor.