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Conveyancing in Wiltshire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/04/17

Warminster station is around 8 miles from Wiltshire. Wiltshire's closest airport is Bristol Airport.

Green Lane Devizes is the most convenient hospital for Wiltshire.

Q.

How do we find affordable conveyancing in Wiltshire?

A.

Many firms purport to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', however additional charges may be added into the solicitor's terms of engagement. Your quote ought to define third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid. Extra costs listed in the terms ought to be fair and reasonable.

Q.

Doing ones own conveyancing without using a conveyancing solicitor in Wiltshire looks to be possible as a buyer of a home. However, would it really be sensible ?

A.

Legally speaking there are no arguments why you shouldn't embark on the your own conveyancing yourself. That said, a Wiltshire lawyer handles a long list of assignments e.g. drafting contracts or applying for searches most of which are more safely handled with appropriate a qualified professional. Additionally solicitors firms must carry relevant professional indemnity insurance in order to protect you from any omissions.

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When should I instruct a conveyancing solicitor?

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Simply, instructing as soon as possible is wise. Some sources advocate holding off instruction until the offer is accepted, but you will then be at a serious disadvantage in the event of a contract race, or buyer eager to move quickly.

Q.

Does our property solicitor in Wiltshire inform me about the amount to be paid of council tax for a Band E apartment before completing on the purchase?

A lawyer will contact the governing Wiltshire local authority to ask about the latest council tax band and rates, which should then be detailed in the title report.

Correct rates for homes in Wiltshire are detailed online at the Wiltshire council site. At the time of writing on 25 December 2012 rates are:

  • Band A - £1,010.00
  • Band B - £1,179.00
  • Band C - £1,347.00
  • Band D - £1,515.00
  • Band E - £1,852.00
  • Band F - £2,189.00
  • Band G - £2,525.00
  • Band H - £3,031.00

Q.

Property solicitors in Wiltshire order varied property if acting for a property buyer,, but which specific searches?

A.

If you are applying for a mortgage the lender mandates a solicitor to get particular searches, including the following for Wiltshire: Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environmental, as well as any less common searches, like a Chancel Check.

Q.

I plan to purchase a home in the parish of Shalbourne. Will we need a chancel search?

A.

Regardless of the Wiltshire parish in which you are buying, the solicitor is likely to recommend that a chancel search is taken out. Chancel repair dues can be collected on owners of a home where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) may have spared previous owners or tenants. In the event that chancel liability may apply, your solicitor might recommend insurance rather than pulling out of the purchase.

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What will the conveyancing searches be?

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The cost of conveyancing searches varies markedly, depending on the specific searches which have been ordered. They are paid to a third party, and are charged at cost.

Q.

When buying a 1930s flat within a conservation area in Wiltshire. How do we locate details in regards to the state of upkeep of the area?

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English Heritage now maintain records of the state of conservation areas along with the exposure to the area falling into disrepair. Local Wiltshire conservation areas are set up by the local Wiltshire planning authority, who preside over everything from private spaces to the obstruction of street posts.

 
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