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.
What type of environmental searches concerning the risk of possible flooding in Cambridgeshire will the conveyancer in Cambourne actually conduct?
A vital part of the conveyancing protocol involved in buying a home involves the conveyancer conducting environmental searches that provide you with details about the potential Cambourne historical flood risk.
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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What will the council tax cost me for a new build Band F maisonette in Cambourne?
The respective council tax band will almost always be identified in the conveyancing report on title along with the local council Correct charges for homes in Cambourne are set out in detail at the South Cambridgeshire council site. At the time of writing, 09 June 2012, the different rates are:
- Band A - £996.00
- Band B - £1,162.00
- Band C - £1,328.00
- Band D - £1,494.00
- Band E - £1,826.00
- Band F - £2,159.00
- Band G - £2,491.00
- Band H - £2,989.00
The ground-floor flat being purchased is on a former industrial site. Could the topsoil be contaminated by industrial waste like molybdenum?
Cambourne industry and natural causes can cause soil contamination. Also considering issues such as acidic compounds and water contaminants such as phenols, contaminants affecting Cambourne property will be factored into an environmental search.
What factors can impact land in Cambourne, and should they be a concern?
Property would be contaminated by numerous human activities. Issues like hazardous substances in the ground and coal mining should be considered as part of the appropriate search.
How soon do you need to instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Cambourne?
Generally, earlier is preferable, as the legal work can start immediately. Promptly instructing a solicitor for your Cambourne transaction for a purchase may mean that your offer may be taken more seriously if you already have a solicitor instructed, or, if you are selling a property, prior to marketing the property, documents can be prepared to make it potentially more attractive to motivated buyers.