Conveyancing In Broadstone Q & A's
What length of time does it take our assigned conveyancing solicitor to get through all of the legal process on a terraced property we hope to buy in Broadstone?
Completion can take anywhere from 1 month to twelve weeks, which can be affected by various factors e.g. the efficiency of the seller's property lawyer, or the turnaround of searches. Homeward Legal's property lawyers are very focused on communication, with the aim of completing the process as promptly as achievable.
With a leasehold flat ready to buy, with no mortgage, how can we guarantee a fast exchange and completion in Broadstone?
Contacting a proactive lawyer is the key to fast conveyancing. Consider the following:
- Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?
- What methods of communication do they use? Posting documents can adds days of waiting to a purchase.
- Do they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis?
The estate agent has suggested a conveyancing solicitor that they have used before. Should we instruct them?
Many agents in Broadstone have referral deals with solicitors whereby they refer work. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, an agent may select the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the best value for you.
What environmental concerns can contaminate land in Broadstone. Are these checked for comprehensively?
Property may be contaminated by a wide range of natural causes, like petroleum and fuel sites. An environmental search will give more information.
Is a home buyers survey required if we are purchasing a house in Broadstone?
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggest that you arrange a survey. Numerous concerns will impact a property, which include poor ventilation. These will not be reported on by a solicitor.
Are conveyancing searches important?
Conveyancing searches are a prescribed collection of enquiries raised by the property lawyer. Buyers in Broadstone should consider that, these searches only relate to the legal aspects of the purchase.
Can I agree a sale price without involving an estate agent or solicitor?
This depends on whether you have signed up with an estate agent and what agreement is already in place. While it might seem unfair if you’ve found a buyer outside of the estate agency process and you’re expected to still pay the agent their fees on sale, you should be very careful about stepping outside the agreed terms and conditions since this is legally binding and you may face penalties as a result. Therefore, if you want to follow this course, it’s worth checking the details with a solicitor to ensure you’re following the letter of the law.
If you’re not with an agent, you can publicise your house details with a number of publications and online sites (some are free, others require a fee), but you’ll need to do all the legwork and administration. For a legal standpoint, you don’t need to appoint a solicitor to perform the conveyancing, but it would be an unwise option to pursue as you will probably have neither the training or experience in some its complexities, and you won’t have the protective indemnity insurance in the event of a problem arising with your work.
I’ve lost my gas/electrical certificates; will that stop me moving?
There is no legal imperative for you to provide either the gas or electrical safety certificates as the seller; you are required to provide a gas safety certificate on an annual basis, however, if you are planning on letting the property out. The Institution of Electrical Engineers recommends that an electrical certificate be updated at least every ten years or when the property is transferred to a new owner (every 5 years if you are letting the property out).
However, this usually means that this is the responsibility of the buyer with the onus on organising an inspection for a new certificate falling on them.
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