How long does it take to move house?
Those new to buying property are often surprised by how long the process can take from start to finish. There are several factors that come into play when determining how long your transaction will take from having your offer accepted to moving into your new home: The number of people involved in the chain (the shorter it is, the easier to manage and therefore shorter in duration potentially), problems with one or more buyers in the chain getting a mortgage offer, communication, management and many others.
The greatest time that needs to be set aside is for the conveyancing, which is the complex legal process of transferring ownership of the property from seller to buyer, replicated along the entire chain. Typically, the conveyancing can take an average of between eight and twelve weeks to complete, so, in reality, you should be thinking in terms of months.
However, if you appoint a results-focused and proactive solicitor, who will do everything possible to reduce the length of time, including talking to everyone involved in the chain, pushing for swift return of forms and documentation, and using modern technology to drive the process forward, you will stand a better chance of the conveyancing being a lot shorter. And the earlier you appoint them, the quicker they can get started on your transaction.
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Is a survey a good idea when buying a home?
It is advised that Bedwas buyers order a building survey when you plan to buy in Bedwas. A range defects can affect a property, for example roof damage, and issues such as these are not likely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.
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.
Do your lawyers conduct property auction conveyancing in Bedwas?
Our solicitors and licensed conveyancers in Bedwas regularly act for buyers and sellers at auction. Solicitors always advocate bidders to formally instruct a SRA regulated lawyer before the auction day to allow time for a review of the sellers documents.
Post auction day your dedicated conveyancing lawyer is wholly able to concentrate on finishing the legal side of things in 4 weeks as required by the terms if sale.
Which parts of Bedwas are protected by a designated conservation area?
Areas considered to be of historical or architectural value, like picturesque villages, may be designated as areas of conservation. The local authority will be able to offer more information about local areas of conservation, and the solicitor handling your purchase should discuss what specific restrictions are in place.
What can be done about trees with TPOs if they are cutting out the light into the house?
Tree Preservation Orders (or TPOs) are legal protections for individual trees, which means you are prohibited from pruning, cutting or removing the plant without the formal consent of the local authority. There are certain caveats such as whether it is causing an immediate danger to life, but the local authority will still need to be informed.
As a homeowner, you have a number of rights, including Right to Light: that is, you should expect natural daylight to enter your property through windows without being blocked (again there may be caveats which will be unearthed in the conveyancing). If a tree with a TPO has grown so much that it is blocking out light, you can apply to the local authority for permission to prune the tree sufficiently to return your Right to Light. It becomes more complex if the tree in question is on a neighbour’s property, and you should discuss any resulting costs with them.
Homeward Legal's solicitors have years of experience in dealing with all sorts of legal issues including TPOs, providing you with practical guidance and help. We are best placed to help you with your move, so call our team on 0800 038 6699 today.
Will I need to get a chancel search if my family are buying in Bedwas?
Property owners neighbouring specific local church buildings are expected to subsidise repairs, as a result of chancel repair liability. Indemnity policies can be arranged if chancel liability is likely to be enforced.
Which government body has overall responsibility for publishing the condition of neglect the conservation areas in Bedwas?
English Heritage have created a list of the state of repair of conservation areas. Conservation areas in Bedwas are created by the local Caerphilly planning authority, who administer everything from including things like poorly maintained roads, removal of front gardens for parking and whether trees can be cut down.