The estate agent we are using in Chafford Hundred has put forward a conveyancing. Is it advisable to instruct this firm?
Your agent will often refer a law firm to handle your conveyancing. These referrals should be compared against alternatives, as the agent may prefer to suggest the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.
What type of local environmental searches about the risk and history of possible flooding at Essex will my Chafford Hundred property lawyer be able to do?
A key step in the legal process of buying a property involves the conveyancer carrying out conveyancing and environmental searches that set out certain details in relation to Chafford Hundred flood risk area.
Myself and my partner are buying in Chafford Hundred, and need to know if there are any conservation areas.
There are numerous conservation areas around Chafford Hundred. The local authority will provide more details about local conservation areas, and the conveyancing solicitor handling your purchase will discuss the relevant responsibilities.
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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Should I list my property with more than one estate agent?
The choice is entirely up to you and your specific circumstances. Going with a sole agent is probably the cheapest option (although the reach to buyers is dependent on how many clients are on their books), while multiple agents will be more expensive (but will reach a broader client base).
If you’re looking for a quick sale or the market is rather sluggish, it makes sense to put your property on with a number of agents. If the market is buoyant, it makes more sense to place the property with a sole agent.
Whichever you choose, you should always check the terms and conditions so that you know what service you’re getting for your money and how much it will cost you once the home is sold. You should also understand if there are penalties should you decide to place the property with more or fewer agents later on during the agreement period.
I am intending to buy a barn conversion in Rivenhall. Is a chancel search compulsory?
The lawyer should confirm that a chancel search be ordered, regardless of the parish in which the building being purchased is found. Through some Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have exercised their right to charge chancel repairs on the owners, there is no guarantee that a parish where repair costs have not been paid before, that this will not continue to be so.
How much would the searches in Chafford Hundred usually cost?
Searches range in cost. Less common searches, used in addition to a standard bundle, include a search of the Index Map.