Why does purchase conveyancing work take months to complete?
The conveyancing process could be delayed. Homeward Legal aim to reduce their effect wherever reasonable by chasing for prompt responses. Common delays include difficulties with mortgage finance.
If I want to build an extension or do other works once I move in, can I get a builder to visit to give me a quote?
There is nothing stopping you trying to organise this, so long as you set a date and time that’s acceptable to the vendor (or via their estate agent if they are unable to be there) and try to establish how long the process will take, so that this can be booked in.
This becomes particularly critical following a surveyor’s inspection where remedial works are identified and recommended. You can use the quote from the builder as a renegotiation tool on the asking price, if the work required is going to be particularly costly. If you decide to go down this route, it must be done before exchange of contracts (where you’re committing to the sale price) and you should inform your solicitor if you’ve had private discussions and agreements with the vendor over price for inclusion in the terms of the contract.
As a consequence of the serious flooding in York, we are wondering whether environmental searches won't be detailed enough?
Flood searches handled by the solicitor in Batley will also include a far more informative search (Landmark) if it is felt necessary.
It may be prudent to contact a close neighbour to gain added peace of mind.
Does 'fixtures and fittings' include things like cupboards?
Chiefly, there is no absolute definition of fixtures and fittings. In order to avoid later issues, a fixtures and fittings form should be completed and will clarify precisely what is to be included.
Which factors will contaminate land in Batley. Are these properly investigated?
Property in Batley can be contaminated by a wide range of factors caused by man and by nature, and an environmental search should clarify to what extent a particular property may be impacted by contaminants including air pollution and landfill sites.
How much can conveyancing searches be?
Searches range in cost, depending on the searches required by your lender. Searches are charged at cost.
Will I need a building surveyor to check for issues affecting our Batley property purchase?
We recommend that most purchasers order a property survey when you intend to buy in Batley. It is a fact that there are a wide range of concerns which can affect a property, including settlement, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.