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.
I am interested in purchasing a residence in Cotswolds, and need to know if there are many designated conservation areas.
Areas considered to be of 'special architectural and historic interest', like fishing villages, may be registered as conservation areas. The benefits of such restrictions will include properties can be easier to sell, but they may impose liability on a buyer for unauthorised alterations made by previous owners.
What will a Cotswolds conveyancing solicitor advise if the property we hope to invest in is in a Vale of White Horse local authority conservation area which has unfitting window frames added?
Vale of White Horse council search (LLC1 - Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search) carried out by the solicitor as part of the conveyancing will ascertain the existence of suitable permission for alterations to the property.
The estate agent we are using in Cotswolds has named a conveyancing. Will it be cheaper to instruct them?
Many agents in Cotswolds have arrangements with solicitors whereby they refer work to them. These referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, as an agent may choose whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the law firm with the best reputation.
When in the conveyancing process should we find a conveyancer to act for us?
With few exceptions, the earlier, the better, as conveyancing involves a number of tasks that can be carried out straight away. Prompt instruction of a conveyancing firm for a purchase may mean that you can shave days off the process by having the details of your instructed solicitor ready when you make an offer, or, if you are selling a property, paperwork can be prepared, even before a buyer is found.
Is contaminated land in Cotswolds an issue?
A range of contaminants caused by natural and human-influenced issues can impact property, like shallow mining. An environmental search can provide much more clarity.
Will the fixtures and fittings form list things such as cupboards?
Mainly, there is no strict definition of fixtures and fittings. In order to avoid later issues, a fixtures and fittings form should be completed, confirming what will be sold with the property.