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Conveyancing in West Malling Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/04/17

West Malling station is almost a mile from West Malling. West Malling's nearest airport is Rochester, Maidstone Rd Airport (6 miles). London City Airport is 22 miles, London Airport is 23 miles, Rochester Airport is 6 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 17 miles away.

Commuters are well catered for with West Malling being well placed with good road access of Junction 4 Westbound of the M20.

Preston Hall Aylesford is the nearest hospital for West Malling.

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What are the best rates for conveyancing for a £384,000 house?

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The lack of clarity surrounding this point catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but extra costs are often hiding in the small print. Charges should be reasonable. We provide quotes, not estimates, and clearly state the fees for a standard conveyancing.

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How soon is it appropriate to speak to a conveyancing solicitor in West Malling?

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If you choose a firm with 'no move, no fee' protection, instructing as early as possible is better, as there are a number of tasks that may be performed very early in the process. Instructing a conveyancing firm to handle your West Malling conveyancing early could mitigate the chance of your transaction aborting.

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The internet is full of plenty of online manuals about by passing the solicitor. Do I actually need to spend money on a West Malling property lawyer ?

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Conceivably there is no argument why a home buyer cant opt to engage in the conveyancing on your own.

In reality however, a conveyancer in West Malling is in charge of a large number of functions such as chasing missing documents or notifying parties of completion most of which are more safely handled with appropriate a qualified professional. Despite that legal firms are under a duty to carry the correct cover that protects you in the event of any carelessness on the part of the solicitor.

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Do we need to select the conveyancing who works with by my agent?

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An agent may endorse a solicitors firm. However, if they are paid a referral fee, an agent may choose the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the best value for you.

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We are purchasing a property in Tenterden. Will a chancel search be appropriate?

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A conveyancing lawyer should confirm that a chancel search be ordered. In West Malling's much older areas, chancel repair may be imposed on current owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils may have spared previous owners or tenants, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.

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How is stamp duty determined and what amount should we budget for a £532000 property?

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SDLT is based on the valuation. It is £21280 on a £532000 residential property in West Malling.

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How can I protect against being gazumped?

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This occurs when a owner approves an offer, only to reject it in favour of a second buyer's offer. This may happen weeks into a purchase. The will be a risk of getting gazumped in any transaction, because offers are not binding until exchange of contracts. Instructing a proactive solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer to handle your transaction should help to reduce the likelihood of gazumping.

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What actual property should a conveyancing solicitor in West Malling conduct when acting on a West Malling flat?

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The conventional conveyancing protocol will be to get Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW), Environmental and Coal Mining Search as well as any less common searches for example Commons Registration Search.

 
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