To complete on our purchase ASAP, can we aim for a fast conveyancing process?
The key to moving faster is to instruct a proactive and experienced conveyancing solicitor. When identifying an appropriate a conveyancing solicitor, consider these questions: Was there a delay delivering a quote? Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication? Do they order searches immediately?
Will your Collier Row property solicitor do any property conveyancing searches on the London Fifties mid terrace townhouse I am intending to buy?
If taking out a mortgage the building society of bank insist that at least a specified set of searches, including the following for properties in Collier Row: Local Authority (council), Drainage Search and Environmental and, depending on certain criteria, specific searches e.g. a Commons Registration Search.
Are there any conservation areas in Collier Row?
These areas qualify areas designated as being of historic or architectural significance. Your conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise further.
Is it easy to sell a house without using an estate agent?
It’s relatively straightforward to sell your own home without involving an estate agent, although you should be warned that it’s a time-consuming process (which is why agents set a certain fee to pay for their time in getting your home sold).
First you need to get a proper valuation of your home, which can be done by paying a chartered surveyor and registered valuer, or you can research the house prices in the area for similar properties to get an idea of how they are selling.
Once you are happy with the price, you can advertise the property (there are several free sites that allow you to do this). Legally, you’re required to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate for the property before putting it up for sale, so you’ll need to organize a registered energy assessor to create this for you. Then you can start arranging viewings and negotiate an agreed price with anyone who is interested.
We would recommend, however, that you sign up with an estate agent as they can do all the leg work for you. The key thing, though, is to understand their fees and rates before signing an agreement with them.
What sort of additional enquiries about the potential risk of flooding around Havering will my Collier Row conveyancing solicitor give details on?
A conveyancing solicitor applies for standard formal conveyancing searches, which include Collier Row area flood risk information. At the time of writing (22/02/13) indications at the Environment Agency do not show any flood warnings in the Collier Row area.
What will the council tax cost me on a period Band G apartment in Collier Row?
Your appropriate council tax band will typically be set out in the report on title, and by the local authority. The latest tax rates for homes in Collier Row are set out online at the Havering council website. At the time of authoring (27 September 2012) rates are as follows:
- Band A - £1,001.00
- Band B - £1,168.00
- Band C - £1,335.00
- Band D - £1,502.00
- Band E - £1,836.00
- Band F - £2,169.00
- Band G - £2,503.00
- Band H - £3,004.00
What are 'fixtures and fittings'?
There is no strict definition of fixtures and fittings, which may lead to conflict after completion and some items are missing. To avoid misunderstandings, a fixtures and fittings form should be agreed and will save considerable frustration later.