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Conveyancing in Wickford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/01/18

The nearest airport to Wickford is London, Southend Airport (8 miles). London City Airport is 22 miles, London Airport is 9 miles, Rochester Airport is 19 miles and Stansted Airport is 23 miles away. The closest train station to Wickford is Wickford.

Basildon, Nethermayne is the neighbouring hospital for Wickford.

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How do I find affordable conveyancing in Wickford?

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Lack of clarity over this point catches out many sellers and buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many property lawyers promote supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', however extra fees can inflate your final invoice. Extra costs needs to be fair.

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When do we need to speak to a solicitor?

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The short answer is, the earlier in the process you can instruct a conveyancing firm, the better. The legal work can then begin very early in the process. Instructing a solicitor early for a purchase may mean that your offer may be taken more seriously if you already have a solicitor instructed, or, if you are selling a property, prior to marketing the property, documents can be prepared to make it potentially more attractive to motivated buyers.

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What environmental concerns can contaminate land in Wickford?

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Property will be contaminated by a wide range of environmental concerns, and an environmental search will confirm that a plot of land is impacted by Wickford contaminants including petroleum and fuel sites or infilled land.

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In what ways can my Wickford property lawyer investigate the potential risk of a flood around Wickford for an investment property we are going to buy?

An experienced lawyer makes an application for conveyancing and environmental searches, which include Wickford flood risk information.

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Will the conveyancer in Wickford tell me about the cost of council tax for a Band B property prior to completing on the purchase?

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A lawyer will speak to the council to enquire about the currently applicable council tax rates, which will be set out in the title report. The latest tax charges for Wickford are published on the Basildon local authority website. As at, 13 August 2012, the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,032.00
  • Band B - £1,204.00
  • Band C - £1,376.00
  • Band D - £1,548.00
  • Band E - £1,893.00
  • Band F - £2,237.00
  • Band G - £2,581.00
  • Band H - £3,097.00

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We are intending to purchase with Coventry Building Society, what do I need to check?

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When buying with a mortgage, a mortgage provider will need legal work to be undertaken in relation to the mortgage. Recently, a number of lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel'. This can mean greater conveyancing costs for home buyers. Homeward Legal will act on behalf of many CML-approved lenders so that you will not be required to pay legal fees for your lender's solicitor.

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What length of time does conveyancing take?

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The time needed to sell or purchase a house is not wholly predictable, based on a number of legal considerations. Nationwide, the average is around ten weeks, whereas our solicitors aim for faster conveyancing, driving the transaction to complete within 6 to 8 weeks.

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Will your Wickford property solicitor do any property conveyancing searches on the Essex Victorian terraced home I want to buy?

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The conventional legal procedure will be to obtain Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW) and Environment Search and, depending on certain criteria, less common searches, which might include Limestone Search.