The home being bought is on a ex-industrial use land. Can the topsoil still be contaminated?
With the history of industry in parts of Cheltenham, soil contamination is difficult to avoid. Data on many contaminants, such as groundwater contamination and organohalides, will be included in an environmental search.
Do I have to be present at viewings?
No, you don’t. It used to be the case that estate agencies were happy to leave the homeowner to show prospective buyers around. However, this has now been dispensed with because they won’t necessarily have the property skills and experience of dealing with and selling to a buyer. Therefore, the preference is usually that you should not be present in the home at all, although this can obviously be difficult with infirmity, working from home, and childcare.
The best option is to discuss this with the estate agent when you appoint them, so that you are aware of their expectations for each viewing, and they will be able to work around you if you have to be present in the home. Whether you are present or not, you should still take care not to be too messy and tidy up as much as possible prior to the viewing appointment, so that good impressions are maintained.
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What can a Cheltenham property solicitor do if the house we are planning to buy is inside a registered conservation area and has incongruous windows installed?
The conveyancing solicitor is required to confirm whether the property is within a conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have the appropriate consent from the local planning authority.
Is the Stamp Duty Land Tax fee a fee or disbursement?
All fees and disbursements ought to be identified on your quote, with no additional charges in the small print. This charge is a fee not a disbursement. It should be included in a conveyancing quote.
What makes the sale conveyancing process in Cheltenham to take weeks more than planned?
Cheltenham conveyancing could suffer setbacks. Homeward Legal work hard to reduce the effect of these delays wherever possible. Common delays may include issues elsewhere in a chain.
Is there anything we are supposed to do to make our Cheltenham conveyancing faster?
The key to a fast completion is to use a proactive property lawyer. There are, in addition, numerous things you, as the buyer, could do, including, asking for property searches to be ordered immediately, responding to your property lawyer by phone, fax or email wherever possible and confirming your mortgage offer.