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Frequently asked questions

Successful conveyancing is as much about having a rounded understanding of the practicalities involved in buying and selling a property as it is about possessing a thorough command of the legal process.

Below, we feature some common questions recently asked by home-movers.

We need to organise cheap conveyancing, but how do I get a quote?

The lack of clarity surrounding this point catches many buyers out, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they had allowed for in their budget. Many conveyancing firms promote what they call 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately, there are often additional costs hiding in the small print of their terms and conditions.

Any costs for conveyancing need to be fair and only come into force where your lawyer has to perform these additional tasks for you, provided they could not be anticipated at the start of the process; in these instances, Homeward Legal includes all foreseeable costs in their standard conveyancing offering as part of the fixed-fee guarantee.

Get a quote using Homeward Legal’s user-friendly quote calculator for your property transaction.

Local authority searches add to the cost of moving, but what is their value to the house-buying process?

The local authority search is a set of enquiries made of the local authority's records by your conveyancing solicitor. These relate specifically to the planning and building control records, roads and highways, local development plans, and other aspects of local authority control that might impact your property in some way. It is worth noting, however, that the search only relates to the property you are thinking of buying, and will not report on any records affecting neighbouring or nearby properties.

The local authority search focuses on the subject property only; so, as an example, it would not reveal planning applications relating to other properties or land in the area around your prospective building. A separate search, known as a 'Plan’ or ‘Planning Search', would be needed to extend the search to include neighbouring properties and any adjoining land.

The local authority search is a key part of the conveyancing protocol because the information is generally highly relevant to the purchaser’s interests. Mortgage lenders will also insist on this search being carried out, unfortunately at the expense of the buyer (although Homeward Legal can act on the behalf of most lenders and advisers so that they do not pass on their legal costs to you)!

However, if you are a cash-buyer, it is up to you whether you choose to have this search carried out, and you should inform your solicitor if this is the case at the time of appointing them.

Want to see how this looks on one of our quotes? Try our online calculator, or call us now on 0800 038 6699.

I am buying a property in a disadvantaged area, so can I still claim Stamp Duty Relief?

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) Relief was available for buyers of residential and mixed-use residential property between 1st January 2010 and 5th April 2013 on property being sold for a price that was less than or equal to £150,000. Unfortunately, the government abolished SDLT relief at the beginning of the 2013/14 tax year, and there are currently no plans to reintroduce it.

Your solicitor should also be able to advise if there are any other government schemes in place (such as ‘Help to Buy’) to assist with your purchase, and whether you are eligible to take advantage of any that are running. In particular, for first-time buyers, the stamp duty threshold has been raised to £300,000.

If you are looking for ways of cutting costs, there is no better way of doing it than choosing one of the best solicitors in the country with Homeward Legal. Give us a call on 0800 038 6699 to get your conveyancing started and your move moving.

How early do we need to instruct a conveyancing solicitor for a purchase or sale?

Whether you are buying or selling, the earlier you can appoint your conveyancer, the better, because the legal work can start very early in the process. Promptly instructing a solicitor can reduce any chance of the other side pulling out, and will also mean that you are ready to push forward with an offer as soon as you find a property that you want to buy.

With Homeward Legal’s ‘no move, no fee’ guarantee, you shouldn’t be worried about mounting legal costs by instructing your legal firm early. The fixed-fee terms that we offer at Homeward Legal also mean that you will only have to pay the stated amount (plus any agreed additional disbursements) if your transaction is successful.

Why not try our online calculator for your fixed-fee quote? Or, if you’re ready to get started, instruct your Homeward Legal solicitor by calling our property experts on 0800 038 6699.

Would getting a house survey be advisable if we are purchasing a property?

It is strongly recommended that all prospective purchasers book an inspection of the property they are intending to buy. There is a wide range of defects that can affect a property, from cracked roof tiles to the suspected existence of asbestos, from unsupported chimney stacks to wet rot in the cellar. These will not be reported on by a solicitor, as it is not part of the legal remit.

In addition, a survey will identify any the structural issues so that you can budget for remedial and upkeep works if necessary. Local builders and your RCIS surveyor can provide detailed advice on what you should consider, and whether it is worth renegotiating the asking price to help pay for any major works post-purchase.