Do we need a property survey for this property purchase?
It is strongly advised that all purchasers order a RICS survey when buying in Birkenhead. There can be many issues that can negatively affect a property, that a solicitor will be unable to address. These can include poor drainage and cracks around door frames.
How much does conveyancing searches usually cost?
With Homeward Legal, Birkenhead clients are charged at a maximum £249 for conveyancing searches. Searches are paid to a third party, and will not be included in the quoted conveyancing fees.
If there are outstanding works approved in the planning consent, can I still use it?
Generally speaking, planning permission legally has to have an expiry date, which is usually for a period of three years from approval for the building work to start (and not necessarily complete, unless the consent has a suitable caveat).
This means that the consent is against the property and the intended construction rather than the person who made the application. As such, if the planning consent remains within the expiry period, the agreement is transferrable to the new owner of the property.
Your solicitor will be able to provide further advice, once enquiries with the local authority have been satisfactorily completed as part of the conveyancing.
When should you instruct a solicitor?
In the vast majority of cases, instructing as soon as possible is wise. Early instruction of a firm for a sale may mean that paperwork can be prepared, even before a buyer is found, whereas if you are buying your offer may be taken more seriously if you already have a solicitor instructed.
Should we select a solicitors firm who works with by the estate agent?
Your agent will often recommend a law firm to handle your conveyancing. These referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, as an agent may select whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the best solicitor for your needs.