What should I do about the transfer of ownership of the utility billing?
It is the responsibility of the former owners to inform the utilities firms (gas, electricity, water, etc.) that they are moving.
You should give your current suppliers at least 48 hours’ notice that you’re moving home and, when you leave your old property, you should take all the necessary readings and send them to your old supplier(s) along with your forwarding address, so that they can send you a final bill and sort out any credit you might be owed.
You should give your new utility suppliers at least 48 hours giving your personal details for the new property. When you move into your new property, you should take all the readings again and send them to the new suppliers so that they have a record of where to start the bills running.
Is it easy to sell a house without using an estate agent?
It’s relatively straightforward to sell your own home without involving an estate agent, although you should be warned that it’s a time-consuming process (which is why agents set a certain fee to pay for their time in getting your home sold).
First you need to get a proper valuation of your home, which can be done by paying a chartered surveyor and registered valuer, or you can research the house prices in the area for similar properties to get an idea of how they are selling.
Once you are happy with the price, you can advertise the property (there are several free sites that allow you to do this). Legally, you’re required to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate for the property before putting it up for sale, so you’ll need to organize a registered energy assessor to create this for you. Then you can start arranging viewings and negotiate an agreed price with anyone who is interested.
We would recommend, however, that you sign up with an estate agent as they can do all the leg work for you. The key thing, though, is to understand their fees and rates before signing an agreement with them.
Are there many conservation areas in Attleborough?
There are a range of conservation areas near or within Attleborough. Your lawyer will offer more information and discuss the relevant responsibilities, regarding specific conservation areas in Attleborough.
Are the doctors/dentists/schools oversubscribed in the area I want to move to?
Although your conveyancing solicitor may have some personal knowledge of these critical factors, they are not part of the conveyancing process, so will not form part of the contract.
If aspects such as how likely you’ll get into a surgery or school are important to you, it is worth factoring this in at an early stage when you are researching the areas into which you want to move. You can also glean some facts from the estate agent representing properties where you want to move, too. You might also like to contact the surgeries or schools for further information.
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What does a Attleborough property lawyer recommend if the property is inside a Breckland local authority conservation area which has inappropriate roof aerials fitted to it?
The local authority enquiries conducted by a solicitor during the legal process should ascertain whether the Attleborough property a designated conservation area and any evidence of formal approval for modifications will be requested.
How much can my searches be?
The cost of searches in Attleborough markedly varies. Common searches include a chancel liability search and a mining search.
If I plan to purchase in the parish of Tattersett, will it be necessary to get a chancel search?
Regardless of the Attleborough parish in which you are purchasing, the property solicitor should confirm that a chancel search be taken out. Although some Parochial Church Councils have opted to charge chancel repairs on owners of affected property, a solicitor cannot state with certainty that a parish where dues have not recently been paid will not be so in future. It is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.
It seems that molybdenum (Mo) soil contamination may be an issue in Attleborough. Please advise.
Restrictions exist to limit soil contamination, but some existing contaminants can reside for decades after exposure. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including acidic compounds and water contaminants such as silage.