Barnstaple Conveyancing: FAQs
The legal process for buying or selling a home can be daunting. We have put together a list of questions that Barnstaple conveyancing clients often ask us, to help you get your sale or purchase started. Please call us on 0800 022 4108 if you have anything you would like to discuss in more detail.
Buying property in Barnstaple
I am buying a new build property in Barnstaple - what do I need to know?
The conveyancing for purchasing a new build property in Barnstaple .
A good solicitor in Barnstaple must be able to deal with things like dealing with delays associated with off-plan, handling initial Land Registry registration and .
How much Council Tax will I pay for a property in North Devon District Council in 2022?
Barnstaple is situated in North Devon District Council. Council tax bands are:
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I'm purchasing a house in Barnstaple - which searches will I need?
The search pack for a standard property includes:
- Regulated Local Authority Search
- Water search
- Residential Environmental Search
- Chancel search liability
On occasion the solicitor will advise further searches such as a radon gas search.
To see the cost of searches on a Barnstaple purchase use our conveyancing cost calculator.
Selling property in Barnstaple
Does the conveyancing for selling leasehold take longer?
Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. The conveyancing for selling leasehold houses or flats can be seriously delayed.
The buyer's solicitor must review these documents, including a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property. The time needed by your lawyer to gather this paperwork is the common cause of such delays.
It can take a long time to gather this information if it is difficult to contact the agent responsible for managing the property or they are slow to respond, so your solicitor should get this underway even before a sale has been agreed.
Remortgaging in Barnstaple
I am remortgaging a property in Barnstaple - do I need a solicitor?
The official UK base rate is currently set at 1.25% (June 2022). A good Barnstaple remortgage solicitor will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.
Property lawyers are on the panel for all major lenders, so no matter whether you are changing to an offset mortgage with the Bank of Scotland or to a long-term fixed mortgage with the Dudley Building Society, we can assist.
Transferring equity in Barnstaple
I want to transfer equity in my Barnstaple property - how does this work?
The equity transfer process can be complex. Most people complete the transfer process with the help of a conveyancing solicitor.
A solicitor will advise on the various options for joint ownership, complete the registration process, deal with Stamp Duty (SDLT) and handle the legal work for a remortgage if required.
Comparing Conveyancing Quotes in Barnstaple
What's the difference between fees and disbursements?
A key difference between conveyancing fees and disbursements is who they are paid to.
Legal fees are paid to your solicitor for the work they do, whereas disbursements are paid through your solicitor to third parties like HMRC.
How much should I be paying in conveyancing legal fees in 2022?
Hidden fees and potential additional costs could unexpectedly add to your final conveyancing bill, so when you are comparing Barnstaple conveyancing quotes, you should check what each quote does include. If a fee is included in one online quote but not another, check the small print.
If you are buying a leasehold property, with Help to Buy, or a share of freehold, check if there is an additional charge for this extra work.
General Barnstaple property lawyers FAQs
Are Barnstaple conveyancing fees fixed?
Some conveyancing solicitors in Barnstaple offer services on an hourly rate.
Some property lawyers work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your conveyancing quote will set out what you will pay when your house sale or purchase goes through.
If, for any reason at all, your house sale or purchase does not go ahead, you will pay no legal fees at all with a No Move, No Fee guarantee.
How long does leasehold conveyancing take in Barnstaple?
Almost all flats are leasehold. Although much less common, there are also around 1 million leasehold houses nationwide. Buying a leasehold home typically takes longer than freehold property because there is more to prepare and there is greater complexity.
Causes of numerous delays can range from incomplete managing agent information to uncontactable landlords.
Quittance's expert leasehold solicitors complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month, and our proactive approach means delays are less likely to occur.
How we can help you
If you are buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity in a property in Barnstaple and need an expert conveyancing solicitor, we can take care of the legal side of your move.
We work with a panel of specialist conveyancing solicitors to deliver a stress-free moving experience.
- No Move, No Fee Guarantee
- Fixed fee conveyancing service
- Barnstaple experts
- CQS-accredited panel solicitors
All-inclusive quote from £384 inc VAT