What individual searches should the Blakenhall conveyancing solicitor order when instructed on a Blakenhall flat?
The normal conveyancing procedure is to get Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search, Environmental and Limestone Search as well as any area-specific searches for instance Planning and local information.
Can I withdraw my offer on a property at any time?
When you make an offer on a house that has been accepted by the vendor, you can ask them to take it off the market as part of the acceptance. If you are selling, you can show your intent by agreeing to remove it from other potential buyers’ interest.
As a buyer, you can withdraw your offer at any time (and, as a seller, you can reject an offer at any time) up to the exchange of contracts, which means you are now legally committed to go through with the transaction at the agreed price. You should check your contract with both the estate agent and your conveyancing solicitor as there may be fees and other penalties associated with pulling out of the transaction after the offer was initially agreed.
If you decide to withdraw from the contract after exchange, then you are in breach. This means, if you’re the buyer, the seller is entitled to keep whatever agreed sum has been set for the deposit, and could claim damages; as the seller, you will be liable to pay interest accrued during the Notice to Complete period as well as the deposit, and the potential for claiming losses, and the buyer has to return everything about the property at the seller’s expense.
I am buying a home, should we have 'conveyancing searches' performed?
These searches are a commonly-used set of enquiries requested by your conveyancer, such as a gypsum search. These searches provide much needed information, however they only deal with the legal condition of the property's title.
Environmental searches are fine but with recent climactic events e g the major flooding last year in the Midlands are they sufficient to see enough about the changing Blakenhall risk of flooding?
Environmental searches handled by the Blakenhall conveyancer should include a more specialist Landmark flood search if required.
It may be prudent to get in touch with a neighbour of the property for additional local history.
Please tell us why conveyancing legal work goes on for so long?
Conveyancing could be subject to numerous interruptions or delays, we, however, work hard to diminish their cost, if it is possible to do so, by, for example, ordering searches as early as possible.
Will we need a chancel search if I plan to purchase in the parish of Ringway?
A solicitor responsible for your move might recommend a chancel search. In Blakenhall's much older areas, chancel repair can be imposed on new owners of a building where church councils may have not done so in the past, so it can be difficult to use this as a guide.