The residence in Beccles being purchased is on a brownfield site. Is the soil likely to be contaminated?
With this region's industrial history in parts of Beccles, soil contamination is inescapable. Environment search results will factor contaminants, including metals and others such as groundwater contaminants like pesticides and ammonia.
How much can searches cost?
With a Homeward Legal solicitor, a client is charged at most £249 for a standard search bundle. They are paid to a third party.
Is there a checklist for buyers or sellers helping to decide what’s most important?
The process of buying and selling is a complex one, so it’s helpful for your research to have checklists to ensure nothing is forgotten. There are several online resources with checklists for individual aspects of the moving process, including what to consider as a first-time buyer, help to buy schemes, removals, speeding up conveyancing and so on.
When it comes to deciding what you want for your new home to help you narrow down the choice of locations and types of property available, this is largely down to personal choice, so a standardised checklist might limit your requirements. You can talk to an estate agent about what you want as they will have the experience to narrow down your options. However, you need to consider the size of the property (number of rooms, bathroom facilities, bedrooms, etc.), size of garden, proximity to public transport links, noise, entertainment options (e.g. cinema, pub, eateries, etc.), access to off-road parking, schools, speed of broadband, and so on. Consider making a list of what the property must have and an associated wish list so that likely compromises can be made.
I am moving in Beccles, and have a quote from you. Could we have to pay any supplementary hidden costs?
No. We never charge any extra, hidden costs whatsoever.
Do we need to be nervous about gazumping?
Gazumping is common across England and Wales and happens when a owner accepts an offer, only to refuse it, opting for a greater offer. Although being gazumped is less common in a declining market, there will always be a risk. Consider instructing an efficient solicitor as soon as possible to reduce the chance of your offer being gazumped.
Which local authority looks after Beccles?
Beccles is located in Waveney District Council, Town Hall, High Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1HS, phone: 01502 562 111
Our purchase will complete on 22nd December. How is stamp duty rates calculated?
The Stamp Duty Land Tax you will owe is dependent on the value of the house or flat. On a £372k house in Beccles, stamp duty will be £11160.*
*Correct as of March 2013