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Conveyancing in Worthing Q & As

When selling, buying or remortgaging a property in Worthing, you will need to find and appoint a conveyancing solicitor to carry out the legal work on your behalf.

Homeward Legal's panel of solicitors has many years’ experience of conveyancing in Worthing and all over West Sussex. Our pragmatic and highly proactive approach means we complete the transaction in the shortest possible time.

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Worthing

  • By road: Worthing is served by the A27.
  • By rail: The nearest train stations are East Worthing and West Worthing.
  • By air: Brighton City Airport is 6 miles and London Gatwick Airport is 35 miles from Worthing.
  • Hospital: Worthing, Lyndhurst Road, Worthing, BN11 2DH.
  • Council: Adur and Worthing Councils (www.adur-worthing.gov.uk).
  • Attractions: Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, Cissbury and Chanctonbury Rings, High Salvington Windmill, Bramber Castle, and Highdown Gardens.

Do all cheap conveyancing quotes have extra fees? We need an affordable conveyancing estimate as we are on a tight budget for our house purchase in Worthing.

It is worth pointing out that there are numerous firms that offer what they call 'the cheapest conveyancing', but additional charges are often hiding in the terms and conditions. These are frequently ignored by excited buyers and sellers, eager to get underway with their move. Any disbursements to be paid ought to be listed on the quote and should be clear and sensible. At Homeward Legal, we provide quotes, not estimates, and clearly state the fees for a standard conveyancing. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs.

I’ve found the web to be full of online manuals going into great depth on doing your own legal work. In which case, do I need to spend money on a Worthing conveyancer for my home move?

If you really want to have a go at it, you can undertake the bulk of your own conveyancing without engaging a qualified property solicitor for your house purchase in Worthing. While it might seem that legal firms have a vested interest in getting your business, they would advise that such an approach is a dangerous one as DIY lawyers will not have the appropriate insurance cover which solicitors are legally bound to have. In addition, without the experience, there is a very real risk that you’ll be slower and delay the completion, perhaps even putting your move in jeopardy. Homeward Legal’s skilled professionals are induced to focus on speed and efficiency, so give us a call to discuss your needs with them.

In the next few weeks, we are preparing to move from our period home on the outskirts of Worthing into our new property in Steyning. At what stage should we consider booking a removals firm?

In the excitement of moving house, the natural inclination is to try and line up all the firms who will be involved early, including a removals firm. While it is crucial to the speed of the process to appoint a proactive and diligent lawyer as early as possible, it is far more prudent to hold off on appointing a removals firm. The actual move date won’t be firmly agreed until the contracts are exchanged. Without this agreement, you may be culpable for a rearrangement levy by the movers, if they have to change the date. Or you might lose them as they might be busy on the rearranged date. Local Worthing firms include:

  • Move Relocations and Removals, 8 Chippers Road, Worthing, BN13 1DG (Tel: 01903 266890)
  • Key Removals Worthing, 21 St. Andrews Road, Worthing, BN13 1HW (Tel: 07786 023509)

We are in the process of buying a unique building within a Worthing conservation area. How do I find information concerning the state of repair?

Following a successful campaign, English Heritage have created accessible information in relation to the state of repair of conservation areas along with the vulnerability to the area falling into disrepair. Local Worthing conservation areas are created by the local authority (Adur and Worthing Councils – see the public information section at the top of these FAQs), who regulate requests, like what can be developed in existing buildings to new developments in conservation areas.

Yorkshire Building Society is going to be our mortgage lender for our flat on the Worthing seafront. I’m concerned I’m going to miss something important. What do you advise I look out for?

Some mortgage lenders and specialists have reduced the size of their 'solicitor panel'. The practical upshot of this decision can mean that there will be greater legal costs for home-buyers. At Homeward Legal, however, our solicitors are able to act on behalf of the vast majority of mortgage lenders so that the buyer will not have to pay an additional fee for your lender's solicitor. Why not give us a call on 0800 038 6699 to talk to our expert team for advice and to get a fixed-fee quote?

How long will it probably take our assigned conveyancer to finish the legal process for a terraced home in Worthing that we intend to buy?

The problem with conveyancing, historically speaking, is that it is a notoriously slow, frustrating and complex process. The time required to complete everything for your purchase can vary wildly from one to three months. The length of time is predicated on several issues which may affect the smoothness of the transaction (e.g. if a third party is slow to respond, or contentious issues have arisen). With the experienced solicitors at Homeward Legal, every purchase is handled as fast as possible, without compromising on service, using solicitors who are highly proactive. We aim to complete the conveyancing work within six weeks. Use our quote generator or give us a call on 0800 038 6699 for a fixed-fee quote backed up by our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

With regard to the serious surface water flooding in Worthing and West Sussex we saw in news reports, I am quite anxious that flood searches aren't thorough enough to establish the real risk for a property I intend to buy?

Your property lawyer will request an environmental search as part of the standard package of searches. As a key element of this, an assessment of the level of risk associated with flooding pertaining to your property purchase in Worthing. If the risk is significant, a more in-depth search (with Landmark) will be ordered so that you will receive precise data to inform any decision regarding your transaction. Sometimes buyers with such concerns like to contact a local resident, or perhaps a future neighbour, for some additional local information. Or you could try talking to a local flood repair builder, such as:

  • Adam Steele, 17 Langbury Lane, Ferring, Woirthing, BN12 6PU (Tel: 01903 247678).

We are buying a maisonette built on a Worthing brownfield site. Is there a risk that the topsoil could be contaminated by industrial waste, like selenium?

Some metal contamination may have occurred throughout Worthing, but some extreme cases may be deemed an unsafe risk for humans. Metal contamination of soil in Worthing is more likely to occur near ex-industrial or waste-handling sites. The information will be provided as a result of a standard environmental search. Data on other contaminants, like groundwater contaminants like bleach, will also be included in the search.