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Conveyancing in Woking Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/07/17

Woking's nearest train station is Woking at 1 mile and the nearest airport to Woking is Farnborough (TAG London) Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 12 miles, London Heliport Airport is 20 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 12 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 21 mile s, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 20 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 11 miles s, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 18 miles, White Waltham Airport is 16 miles, Blackbushe Airport is 13 miles and Booker Airport is 23 miles away.

Woking is a nearby hospital.

Q.

How do we find a cheap solicitor for buying a flat?

A.

This matter catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many conveyancers offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but extra fees are frequently hidden in small print that unknowing buyers have not reviewed Extra costs included in your solicitor's terms ought to be fair and clearly defined. Any disbursements should also be included on the quote

Q.

What sort of environmental conveyancing searches as respects the risk and history of flooding in the Surrey region will a Woking property solicitor actually do for an Edwardian property I am going to purchase?

A.

An experienced lawyer will carry out standard protocol property conveyancing searches that will include Woking historical flood risk data. A more thorough conveyancing search (e.g. Landmark) could possibly be advised by a qualified Woking conveyancing solicitor if the results of the initial searches identify any risk of flooding.

Q.

Will a title report compiled by the Woking conveyancing solicitor advise me on the cost of the council tax for a Band G flat prior to exchanging contracts?

A.

A solicitor will approach the local council to enquire about the appropriate council tax charges which will then be included in the conveyancer's title report. The latest council tax charges for Woking are set out on the council website.

Q.

Is a property survey sensible when we are purchasing residential property?

A.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors firmly suggest that you book a home surveyor to undertake a survey when buying in Woking. It is a fact that there are many defects that can affect a property, which include rotten roof timbers. Such issues will not be considered during the conveyancing work itself.

Q.

If land is found to be contaminated, can we have the soil inexpensively remediated?

A.

A degree of remediation is possible is some cases, although it can be expensive. For Woking, remediation is often the responsibility of local authorities to arrange. Speak to a local service provider e.g. King Acre Landscapes, Egley Rd, Woking, GU22 0NH for further information.

Q.

Should we be nervous about gazumping?

A.

Gazumping describes circumstances where a house seller acknowledges an offer, only to dismiss it, opting for a greater offer. The will be a risk of gazumping in any transaction, because offers are not binding until exchange of contracts. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct your property solicitor as soon as possible.

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for Woking?

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Woking is located in Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6YL, contact: 01483 755 855

Q.

We are buying on a new development brownfield land. Can the topsoil still be contaminated?

A.

Measures are taken on a national level to identify and remediate topsoil contamination. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including groundwater contamination.

 
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