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Conveyancing in Weymouth Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/07/17

The closest train station to Weymouth is Weymouth and the nearest airport to Weymouth is Bournemouth International Airport (30 miles).

Weymouth Community is the most convenient hospital to Weymouth.

Q.

What are the best conveyancing rates for a £757,000 property?

A.

Various firms advertise so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', however extra charges are frequently hidden in the terms of engagement which home owners may have not read carefully Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

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What causes Weymouth property legal work for a purchase to require months?

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Conveyancing can suffer all manner of setbacks. Homeward Legal seek to diminish their cost, if it is possible to do so, by, for example, ordering searches as early as possible.

Q.

In respect of the recent groundwater flooding in Dorset we are wondering whether conveyancing searches might not be exacting enough?

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Conveyancing searches handled by your property solicitor in Weymouth should include the more informative Landmark flood search if it is felt necessary.

You could always converse with a neighbour of the property to gain further local history.

Q.

How much can searches be?

Searches range in cost. Informative but less frequently ordered extra searches include a search of the Index Map.

Q.

We have a leasehold flat to purchase. How do we guarantee fast legal work?

A.

Essential to a fast completion is to use a proactive and experienced lawyer. Consider the following when selecting:

  • Was there a delay delivering a quote?
  • Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication?
  • Will they order searches immediately?

Q.

Can we get out of paying stamp duty tax?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) usually must be paid on homes over £125,000. Stamp duty mitigation should be treated with extreme caution in Weymouth. Such schemes are costly and often likely to fail.

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Should we have a contingency plan for gazumping?

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This occurs when a property seller agrees to an offer, then refuses it, choosing instead another buyer's offer. The chance of gazumping exists for almost any purchase. Instructing a conveyancing 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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When my partner and I are buying next to a church in Weymouth, is it important to get a chancel search?

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In Weymouth, some owners can be required to contribute towards upkeep of churches. Liability has the potential to impact the value of a property, but insurance is available should an obligation to fund repairs be enforced. Church of England properties in the area which may give rise to chancel liability include St Ann's, Radipole, St Nicholas, St Ann's, Radipole and St Edmund.

 
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