We are buying on a ex-industrial site. Could the topsoil be contaminated by industrial waste like vanadium (V)?
There are laws imposed to stop future soil contamination. Metal contamination of soil in Cookham is more likely to occur near landfill sites. Data on other contaminants, like groundwater contamination, will also be included in an environmental search.
Is there a checklist for buyers or sellers helping to decide what’s most important?
The process of buying and selling is a complex one, so it’s helpful for your research to have checklists to ensure nothing is forgotten. There are several online resources with checklists for individual aspects of the moving process, including what to consider as a first-time buyer, help to buy schemes, removals, speeding up conveyancing and so on.
When it comes to deciding what you want for your new home to help you narrow down the choice of locations and types of property available, this is largely down to personal choice, so a standardised checklist might limit your requirements. You can talk to an estate agent about what you want as they will have the experience to narrow down your options. However, you need to consider the size of the property (number of rooms, bathroom facilities, bedrooms, etc.), size of garden, proximity to public transport links, noise, entertainment options (e.g. cinema, pub, eateries, etc.), access to off-road parking, schools, speed of broadband, and so on. Consider making a list of what the property must have and an associated wish list so that likely compromises can be made.
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.
Doing your own conveyancing without a Cookham lawyer appears to be becoming possible when buying and selling a flat. Would it really be reasonable ?
There is no reason why a buyer should not take care of the legal work unaided.
That said, a lawyer takes care of a huge number of jobs ranging from interpreting replies to enquiries and applying for searches some of which really need a skilled professional. Furthermore lawyers always get the appropriate insurance to insulate you from any professional losses you encounter made by the lawyer.
Do your panel of solicitors a lot of experience at the conveyancing of residential property auction properties in Cookham?
Our company do frequently act for sellers at auction. We usually advise bidders to formally appoint a good lawyer prior to the auction day to give enough time for a full report.
Subsequently, following the auction day itself the conveyancing lawyer is totally able to concentrate on speedily finishing the purchase in the limited time as typically required .
How can I buy the freehold of the building in which I’m purchasing a flat?
When you buy a leasehold flat (usually for a lease lasting a long time), it means that you don’t own the building or the land on which it is built. If you want to buy the freehold of the building (either yourself or with other flat-owners), you’ll need to meet a few legal criteria before that can happen (such as the number of flats, the purpose to which the majority of the building is put to, and the number of flat-owners willing to by the freehold).
One additional point to note is that the shorter the lease on any flat, the greater the price of the freehold is likely to be.
You should talk to other residents about your plan as well as finding out how much the freehold will be and getting a professional valuation. Once you are in a position to move ahead, you’ll need to appoint a solicitor to manage the legal aspect of the planned purchase.
Homeward Legal's solicitors are well-versed in dealing with all types of freehold and leasehold purchases. So call us now on 0800 038 6699 and we'll guide you through the process and assign you to one of the best solicitors.