Conveyancing In Braunton Q & A's
When should I book a removals firm?
It’s very tempting to get wrapped in the excitement of moving home and wanting to get everything sorted out and in the diary. But, if you book a removals firm too early, prior to the exchange of contracts (when the date and time of completion is legally set), you risk the possibility that the date might change, thereby having to pay a fee to the removals firm to change the plans.
There is nothing stopping you in contacting a selection of firms to get a quote for removal and to negotiate the possibility of pencilling a date in but ensure you obtain agreement that this is subject to change and confirmation.
Are the doctors/dentists/schools oversubscribed in the area I want to move to?
Although your conveyancing solicitor may have some personal knowledge of these critical factors, they are not part of the conveyancing process, so will not form part of the contract.
If aspects such as how likely you’ll get into a surgery or school are important to you, it is worth factoring this in at an early stage when you are researching the areas into which you want to move. You can also glean some facts from the estate agent representing properties where you want to move, too. You might also like to contact the surgeries or schools for further information.
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How long on average should I expect it to take for our assigned property lawyer to finish all of the legal formalities on a semi detached sixties building we are buying in Braunton?
The process can take anywhere between a month and twelve weeks depending on any number of things e.g. the efficiency of the seller's conveyancing solicitor, or whether there are any linked sales. Our chosen conveyancing solicitors are focused on communication completing the legal process as promptly as realistically possible.
What actual conveyancing searches will my property solicitor in Braunton apply for when buying a Braunton building?
The normal legal protocol will be to obtain these searches - Local Authority Search, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal), Environment Search, Tin Mining Search and China Search and perhaps area-specific searches, which may include a Flood Risk search.
I am planning on buying a 1950s building in a Braunton conservation area. How do I lay my hands on more details concerning the present standard of upkeep of the Braunton conservation area?
English Heritage have assembled a list of the state of repair of conservation areas. Local Braunton conservation areas are specified by North Devon who oversee everything from upkeep of paths to neon signs.
Which local authority is responsible for Braunton?
Braunton is located in North Devon District Council, Civic Centre, North Walk, Barnstaple EX31 1EA, contact: 01271 327 711
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.
How soon do you need to find a solicitor?
The straightforward answer is, the sooner you instruct a conveyancing firm, the better. The legal work can then begin very early in the process. Instructing a firm early for a sale allows prior to marketing the property, documents can be prepared to make it potentially more attractive to motivated buyers, whereas if you are buying you will the details of your Braunton solicitor ready when you make an offer.