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Conveyancing in Windsor Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/07/17

Commuters are well catered for with Windsor enjoying very good motorway access close at roughly 1.5m of the M4 Junction 6 Eastbound.

Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 5 miles from Windsor. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 7 miles, London Heliport Airport is 19 miles, Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 16 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 8 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 11 miles s, Elstree Airport is 18 miles, White Waltham Airport is 7 miles, Blackbushe Airport is 15 miles and Booker Airport is 12 miles away and Windsor's closest station is Windsor and Eton Central at 1 mile s.

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Things to do in Windsor

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Wraysbury Windmill, Windsor Castle Castle and Dorney Court Historic Houses Association are in the vicinity of Windsor.

The closest hospital for Windsor is Princess Margaret.

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We need to find a discount conveyancing estimate in Windsor, we are on a tight budget.

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Both high-street and online firms purport to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately extra charges will be included in small print that unknowing buyers and sellers have not reviewed Costs ought to be reasonable and come into force only if your conveyancer is required to complete unexpected extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. We provide quotes, not estimates, and clearly state the fees for a standard conveyancing.

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I am intending to buy a church rectory in Brightwell. Will a chancel search be compulsory?

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The conveyancing lawyer might recommend a chancel search, irrespective of the parish where the house being bought is located. In Windsor's much older areas, chancel repair may be imposed on the owners of a house where parish councils may have spared previous owners or tenants.

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If Windsor land is found to be contaminated, can we have the topsoil easily remedied?

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In Windsor, remediation is possible is some cases, though expensive. Windsor's local authority will generally be responsible. Speak to a local service provider

like Avon Crop Amenity Products Ltd, Unit 2 Millside Pk/Crouch La, Winkfield, Windsor, SL4 4PX for more insight.

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Would ordering a survey be sensible when we are purchasing a house or flat, regardless of its age, in Windsor?

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors strongly advise that home buyers arrange a RICS surveyor to undertake a survey when you plan to buy in Windsor. Many issues will impact a property, such as blocked drains or severe weathering, and issues such as these are not likely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.

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Ecology Building Society is going to be our mortgage lender, is there anything we need to consider?

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Recently, a number of lenders have limited the firms who can act for them. This can mean greater conveyancing costs for buyers. Homeward Legal will act for many mortgage lenders to ensure that you will not need to pay an additional fee for your lender's solicitor.

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Will the report on the property's title prepared by the solicitor in Windsor report back on the applicable rates of council tax on a house prior to completing on the purchase?

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Your property solicitor will speak to the governing local authority to ascertain the correct council tax rates, which will be written in the conveyancer's title report. The latest council tax rates for homes in Windsor are published at the local authority website.

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What kind of environmental conveyancing searches concerning the risk of floods in Berkshire will my property lawyer in Windsor actually apply for?

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A key part of the legal process involves your conveyancing lawyer carrying out environmental searches that provide certain details about the potential Windsor flood risk area.

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Having read about the fact that last year was second wettest year since on record, we are wondering whether conveyancing searches aren't detailed enough?

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Flood risk searches carried out by a Windsor property lawyer will also include the far more specialist search (Landmark) if required.

If you are still nervous you can call a neighbour.

 
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