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Conveyancing in Wheathampstead Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 25/04/17

Commuters are well served with Wheathampstead enjoying excellent motorway access nearby at about three miles of the A1M Junction 5 Northbound.

The closest airport to Wheathampstead is Luton Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 25 miles, London Heliport Airport is 25 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 25 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 19 miles, Elstree Airport is 11 miles and Stansted Airport is 25 miles away. The nearest station to Wheathampstead is Harpenden.

Harpenden Memorial is the closest hospital for Wheathampstead.

Q.

I am looking for the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Wheathampstead. How do we get a quote?

A.

Many online and high street law firms purport to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Often additional charges will be included in the small print. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

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Do we need a property survey?

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It is heavily suggested that purchasers arrange a surveyor if purchasing in Wheathampstead. Buyers should be aware that there are many problems that will impact a property, that a lender's valuation survey, for example, will not cover. These can include dry rot and insect infestation.

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As a consequence of the major flooding in the UK in April 2012, we are asking if property conveyancing searches aren't sufficient?

A.

Flood searches carried out by your conveyancer in Wheathampstead will include the more rigorous flood search if the risk is deemed significant.

If you are apprehensive you can always contact a future neighbour.

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What will a Wheathampstead conveyancing solicitor do if the building is inside a registered conservation area and has unfitting windows added?

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A solicitor is required to see if the property is inside a conservation area, and if so, whether any modifications have necessary consents. If no necessary permissions be available your solicitor will give you professional advice on all options for example buying an indemnity insurance policy or seeking retrospective consent from the council.

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If we are purchasing near Wheathampstead, in the parish of Wigginton, do we need a chancel search?

A.

Whether you are buying a property in Wheathampstead or elsewhere in the county, the lawyer may suggest that a chancel search be taken out. Through some Parochial Church Councils have decided to charge chancel repairs on new owners, it cannot be guaranteed that a parish where repair costs have not been paid before will remain liability-free for new owners. It is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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We need to complete this property purchase as soon as possible, can we organise fast conveyancing?

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Importantly, finding a proactive, diligent solicitor is essential to faster conveyancing. Additionally, there are various jobs you can also do, such as, requesting regular updates from your solicitor and keep the pressure on, promptly answering your solicitor's questions and clarifying your mortgage lender's requirements.

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When is it wise to instruct a solicitor in Wheathampstead?

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If you choose a solicitor with 'no move, no fee' protection, the faster you instruct the better. Prompt instruction of a conveyancing solicitor for a purchase may mean that you can shave days off the process by having the details of your instructed solicitor ready when you make an offer, or, if you are selling a property, documents can be prepared earlier, considerably accelerating the whole process.

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How is Stamp Duty Land Tax rates calculated?

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Stamp Duty will rely on a small number of factors, including the purchase price. Stamp duty will be £52750 on a £1055000 home (information accurate 01/02/2013).

 
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