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Swindon is a large town in South West England, with a population of just over 182,000 people as of 2011, between Reading and Bristol which are 35 miles to the east and west respectively. Swindon’s size mostly came from the Town Development Act in 1952, which aimed to increase the size of towns around cities to reduce the number of people living in slum-like accommodation in the inner cities of England at the time.
Swindon’s main attractions are the Bodleian Library’s book depository, the English Heritage National Monument Record Centre, the headquarters of the National Trust, on the site of the former Great Western Railway works, and the Nationwide Building Society. With an industrial history in Vehicle production, for those interested in the field, Honda even still has a manufacturing plant in Swindon.
Swindon for transport is well connected by rail, having a long history of rail travel support, and is served via the M4 motorway by road. For air travel, the closest airport is Bristol international.
A: While many solicitor’s shop windows may shout that they offer a conveyancing package for £199, this is not the case. Search fees and other disbursements amount to more than £200, so there are bound to be other charges on top of this figure. At conveyancingsupermarket.com, a panel of professional and experienced conveyancers have been selected and recommended so that buyers can compare set prices with no hidden charges – the figure quoted is all that you pay.
A: Not at all. In many cases, an estate agent will not be recommending a conveyancer because he is the best, but because he will receive commission of between £300 to £1,000. Comparing quotes from independent conveyancers is the recommended way to find the best deal for you.
A: Firstly, there is a local authority search. This is a thorough investigation of the property and its surroundings, to find if there are any plans for major road building or new housing developments in the local area. Land Registry checks look in detail to find whether the Title Register and Title Plan are in order; a water authority search will find how water is provided to the property and how public drains may affect it; an environmental search will look for possible causes of contamination and the impact of local industry, landfill, and the risk of radon gas or flooding.
A: Stamp Duty is only payable on properties selling for more than £125,000. Above this, the duty increases in bands until the higher threshold of £1.5 million, which incurs 12% of the purchase price. A property in Swindon costing £425,000 would be liable for Stamp Duty of £11,250. See www.stampcalculator.co.uk for a simple way to calculate any amount of duty.
A: Yes. Many people have successfully carried out their own conveyancing, but it takes a lot of research, time and will not save homebuyers a lot of money, if any at all.
A: As soon as you have an offer accepted. However, it is advisable to do a bit of research beforehand to find out what is involved in the process. This knowledge will also assist you in speeding up the process and helping the conveyancer to help you.