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Buying a house in Dorset
Dorset is a picturesque county on the south coast of England. With an area of over 1,000 square miles and a population of around 750,000, there’s a wide range of housing across the county to suit all kinds of tastes and budgets. At My Home Move Conveyancing we’ve been developing our knowledge of property markets like Dorset since 2001, allowing us to bring our clients in the county an outstanding, specialist conveyancing service.
When buying or selling property in Dorset, you’ll need the services of property lawyers to help you complete the necessary legal work.
My Home Move Conveyancing offers an award winning level of customer service, which will make moving home easier for you. We combine an innovative use of technology with unrivalled experience and a dedicated, positive approach to our work. Our conveyancing service comes for a fixed fee, so you can plan for exactly how much you’re going to pay from the start. There are no extra hidden costs to worry about when we act as your Dorset conveyancing solicitors. For added peace of mind, if you don’t end up completing, you won’t have to pay us a penny in legal fees.
We’ll assign you a dedicated conveyancer who’ll oversee your case from start to finish, providing you with a consistent point of contact and regular progress updates. You’ll also have access to your account online as part of our market-leading service. At My Home Move Conveyancing we’re proud to have supply our conveyancing services in Dorset to customers purchasing a variety of homes across the area, including properties in county town Dorchester, largest settlement Bournemouth, slightly more inland towns such as Christchurch and seaside spots like Poole and Weymouth.
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The average house price in Dorset is £279,159, with detached properties valued highest at £407,470. Semis are valued at £265,767, terraces at £216,126 and flats at £167,427.
The local authority responsible for properties is Dorset County Council. They can be contacted on 01305 221 000 or at the following address:
Dorset County Council
The local area
Dorset has long been inhabited by humans, with evidence of Neolithic settlement in the county. From Celtic tribes to Roman conquering, Saxon settlement and Viking raids, coastal Dorset has seen plenty of action over the years. The county’s landscapes range from picturesque stretches of coastline including the striking Jurassic Coast, to chalk downs and steep limestone ridges, making Dorset a great place to live if you like to explore the great outdoors.
As a rural county with a strong agricultural heritage, there aren’t any motorways in Dorset, with the closest being the M5 which passes to the west of the county, and the M27 which starts near Southampton and leads to the M3 and on to London. Major trunk roads such as the A31, A35 and A303 connect different parts of Dorset to each other, while two main railway lines link the county to London. There are plenty of bus services around Dorset, which has two passenger seaports and an airport in Bournemouth.
Most of Dorset’s education is covered by Dorset County Council, which mainly operates a two tier system of primary and secondary schools. There’s a wide range of options for parents with children to take into account, including a selection of privately funded independent schools and boarding schools. Further education colleges are available in most of the county’s biggest towns, while Bournemouth has its own university if you’re looking for higher education facilities.
Established in 2001, we exclusively deal with the legal side of moving home. Last year alone, through our experienced conveyancers, we helped nearly 50,000 customers have a hassle-free experience. We are a truly national company, having completed transactions in each of the 109 postcode areas in England and Wales.
Our promise to you…
We understand that moving house can be stressful. So we make sure everything we do makes the process as easy and efficient as possible. We’ll give you an all inclusive fixed quote from the start so there won’t be any surprises. The price only changes if your instructions do.
You’ll have access to our unique, easy to use, online case management service to track your case. And dedicated conveyancing experts who’ll be on hand to guide you through the whole process.
We know you’re busy, so we’re open 8am until 8pm most weekdays, and open at weekends too!
Finally, if your move falls through, through no fault of your own, we won’t charge you a penny in legal fees.
Multiple industry awards
See why our unique conveyancing service (My Home Move and its wholly owned law firm) has been recognised as an industry leading, award-winning conveyancing company.
Best Legal Services Provider
Future of Legal Services Innovation
Most Innovative Use of Technology
Best Conveyancing Provider
National Conveyancing Firm of the Year
Best Legal Services Provider
Once you have your offer accepted, it’s time to get the ball rolling on legally transferring the ownership to you. Here’s how we do things at My Home Move Conveyancing.
First, your estate agents will send us a copy of the Memorandum of sale, which provides the details of the property, the amount offered and the name of the sellers and buyers and their conveyancers. You will be asked to complete your details and provide to us your instructions along with primary ID such as a passport or driving licence and proof of residence in the form of a bank statement/utility bill.
If you are selling a house, you will need a Conveyancer to act for you – that’s where we come in!
You will be asked by us to complete your details and provide your instructions along with primary ID such as a passport or driving licence and proof of residence in the form of a bank statement/utility bill. You will also be asked to fill in a Property Information form including some specific details about the property, its boundaries, any alterations to the property etc. If you have any additional paperwork such as planning permissions or notices, then these will be required by us to send with the contract papers. We will also ask you to complete a Fixtures, Fittings and Contents form to say what you will be taking and leaving behind. If the property is leasehold, you will be asked for information about who you pay ground rent and services charges to…
After we have received your instructions to act we will check the legal issues and title to your property to ensure it offers a satisfactory security for your new lender, as this is the essence of a mortgage.
We will also check the amounts outstanding on any current mortgage registered on the property as these will have to be repaid at completion. The amounts will be confirmed with you.
Usually, we will not carry out Local, Drainage or Mining (if appropriate) searches as we will put in place an insurance which will protect your lender. This is less expensive for you and quicker. Some lenders still require that searches are made and will not rely on insurance. If this is the case the searches will have to be made and the cost will show on the Financial Statement sent to you.
At about the same time that you receive your Mortgage Offer we receive a copy together with the lender’s instructions to act for them. We will consider the Offer to ensure that we do those things required of us as the solicitors and to check what other conditions have to be satisfied.
We will then send you the Mortgage Deed to sign and any other documentation that may be required by your lender. We shall need to have this back from you as soon as possible and certainly by the day before we complete. Otherwise there will be a delay.
You need to check that the Mortgage Offer is acceptable to you. For example, is the mortgage amount and mortgage product correct? Is it the correct method of repayment? Are there any early repayment fees?
We target a completion date for 7 days after we receive our copy of the Mortgage Offer but our being able to complete depends on the terms of the Offer and any peculiarities of your transaction.
If the new mortgage amount is less than the amount we have to pay to your existing lender, we will ask for the difference from you, before the completion date.
Following completion we deal with the registration formalities to ensure the mortgage security is perfected for your lender and any deeds will then be sent to your lender for safe-keeping.
Note – If your property is leasehold, we also:
Request your landlord to confirm that all ground rent, service charges and insurance premiums (if applicable) have been paid to date and that there is no known breach of the lease.
Have to approve the wording of the lease.
Have to serve on the landlord a notice of discharge of your existing mortgage and a notice that a new mortgage has been given to your new lender.
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