If we are buying in the parish of Newtimber, should we order a chancel search?
A conveyancing solicitor could advise a chancel search. Although some Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have exercised their right to exact chancel repairs on the current owners of affected property, there is no way to be certain that a parish which has not imposed liability will remain liability-free for new owners.
We are buying an extended investment property in a conservation area in Burwash. Where can I locate information on the state of repair of the conservation area?
Local Burwash conservation areas are set up by the local Rother planning authority, who administer everything from building materials used to the deterrence of street posts.
English Heritage, a government body, administer records of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas in Burwash and throughout England.
What does 'fixtures and fittings' relate to?
Purchasers are frequently confused by the vagueness surrounding which fixtures and fittings should be included with a property. The fixtures and fittings form is intended to avoid confusion, clarifying to both parties what items will stay, and which will be removed.
What do I do if new and severe damage is found after moving in?
You should reasonably expect the home into which you’re moving to be cleared, clean and without additional damage. Of course, things can happen as removals can chip plaster, scratch or tear wallpaper, etc., but if there is significant damage that was not present before, it would be advisable to talk to your solicitor to see if there is any recourse for you on your seller.
You may also like to think about writing a clause into the contract that money will only be released after a cursory inspection of the premises to confirm that you are happy. This needs to be agreed with the seller’s solicitor, but the expectation is already raised. Beware that, in the chaos of the moving day, you can’t afford to delay things too much, so it’s a fine balance.
For a fast conveyancing process to buy a £275,000 property, what should we do?
Experienced buyers will tell you that instructing a proactive, diligent solicitor is essential to fast Burwash conveyancing. There are a number of things you as the purchaser could do to speed up the legal work, including, keeping in regular contact with the solicitor, promptly completing and return any forms and arranging your mortgage offer.