How much would searches on average cost?
Searches range in cost, and will be dependent on your lender's requirements. Searches are charged at cost.
If I’m putting my furniture and other things in storage, will the process take longer?
There shouldn’t be any reason why your move would take longer than a standard removal if you are pitting your belongings into storage. In fact, in some instances, it might be beneficial for the chain and your completion on the sale, since you are likely to incur fewer delays in the process because you can put your furniture and other things in storage before the event.
Whatever your plans, it’s worth mentioning them to your conveyancing solicitor so that they know the logistics on the day of completion, and may even be able to provide advice and pointers on what to consider before the day to ensure things move more smoothly.
My mortgage lender will be Northern Rock, is there anything I need to consider?
House buyers need to be aware that some lenders have reduced their 'solicitor panel', which may result in greater legal costs for purchasers. We, though, will act for the majority of UK mortgage lenders, keeping buyers' legal costs to a minimum.
What’s the difference between exchange of contracts and completion?
When you exchange contracts, this means that you are agreeing to all the terms drawn up within the contract made between you on one side of the transaction, and the opposite party on the other side. It is from this point that you are legally obliged to go through with the transaction (unless you want to be subject to financial and/or legal penalties).
The completion of contracts is the point where you officially take over ownership of the property, receive the keys and can move in. All monies are transferred between the various parties and the conveyancing solicitor contacts the Land Registry to register the change of ownership to you.
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Where can I go about check if the Burford conservation area is not being properly maintained?
Following a campaign, English Heritage administer records of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas. Conservation areas in Burford are nominated by the local West Oxfordshire planning authority, who preside over the state of the area including things like street clutter, removal of front gardens for parking and what can be developed.
I am buying in Burford, and have had a quote from you. May we end up paying any additional costs?
Homeward Legal's solicitors will never charge any extra, hidden costs under any circumstances. You should be aware that some solicitor do not give accurate quotes, only estimates, meaning that your final bill could be much higher.
In respect of the serious flooding in the UK in April 2012 I am wondering whether conveyancing and environmental searches might not be detailed enough?
A diligent solicitor in Burford should also get flood searches if the standard search spots a Burford flood risk.
Sometimes property buyers to also get in touch with a future neighbour to gain added assurance if you are still worried.
We are purchasing a new build property. Is it important that conveyancing searches are done?
Conveyancing searches are a typical collection of enquiries requested by the conveyancing solicitor, such as a chancel search. Conveyancing searches cover solely the legal aspects of the purchase.