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Conveyancing in Windermere Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/10/17

Windermere station is about 1 mile from Windermere. The nearest airport to Windermere is Walney Aerodrome Airport.

Westmorland General is a nearby hospital to Windermere.

Q.

How do we get the best conveyancing rates in Windermere for a £116k home?

A.

The lack of clarity surrounding this topic catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing'. However additional fees are often hiding in the solicitor's terms.

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If we plan to purchase in the parish of Brougham, will it be necessary to get a chancel search?

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Your property solicitor may suggest a chancel search. Chancel repair has the potential to be charged on owners of a house where parish councils may have not done so in the past, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.

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We are buying on a Windermere brownfield site. What should we do regarding tin soil contamination?

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Metal contamination may have occurred throughout Windermere, but where substances causing significant pollution of surface waters or groundwater are found the land will be defined as 'contaminated'. Data on many contaminants, such as acidic compounds, will be included in an environmental search.

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Which local authority is responsible for Windermere?

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Windermere is located in South Lakeland District Council, South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4UF, Tel: 0845 050 4434

Q.

How is Windermere contaminated land checked during the house-buying process?

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A wide range of contaminants caused by natural causes and human activities can spoil property in Windermere, and factors like shallow mining will be considered as part of the environmental searches.

Q.

I have taken out a quote from you. May we end up paying any additional charges?

A.

No. Homeward Legal will not charge any additional charges.

Q.

My friend has experience of doing ones own conveyancing when buying and selling a home. Would it be sensible to do the DIY conveyancing ourselves?

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Should you want to endeavour to do so you can conceivably complete the greater part of the legal process without instructing a trained Windermere lawyer .

Naturally legal firms would argue that this would be a dangerous idea as DIY lawyers will not have relevant cover that legal practices are required by the SRA to have.

Q.

Market Harborough Building Society is our lender, what do we need to know?

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When arranging a mortgage to purchase a property, the lender will require legal work to be carried out. Over the last two years, some lenders have reduced their 'solicitor panel', potentially creating increased conveyancing costs for buyers. We are able to act on behalf of many lenders.