When is it wise to instruct a conveyancer in Battlesbridge?
The straightforward answer is, instructing as soon as possible is wise. Instructing your solicitor sooner can limit the risk of the other side pulling out.
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.
I’ve lost my gas/electrical certificates; will that stop me moving?
There is no legal imperative for you to provide either the gas or electrical safety certificates as the seller; you are required to provide a gas safety certificate on an annual basis, however, if you are planning on letting the property out. The Institution of Electrical Engineers recommends that an electrical certificate be updated at least every ten years or when the property is transferred to a new owner (every 5 years if you are letting the property out).
However, this usually means that this is the responsibility of the buyer with the onus on organising an inspection for a new certificate falling on them.
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Apparently, strontium (Sr) soil contamination may be an issue in Battlesbridge. Can you advise?
Soil contamination is closely checked. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Battlesbridge, including local authorities.
When buying a 1930s investment property within a conservation area in Battlesbridge. Where can I find more information about the standard of upkeep?
English Heritage maintain records of the state of conservation areas. Conservation areas in Battlesbridge are specified by Rochford who manage everything from street furniture to the hindrance of poorly maintained roads.