How soon should I get a solicitor in Cottenham Park?
Generally, as soon as possible. Some groups suggest holding off instruction until a chain is completed, but doing so will put you at a disadvantage compared to better prepared buyers, or if your buyer decides to pull out due to delays.
We are buying on a ex-industrial site. It seems tungsten (W) topsoil contamination may be an issue.
There are comprehensive regulations in order to manage top-soil contamination. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Cottenham Park, including local authorities.
What do I get for my money from an estate agent?
A good estate agent will be able to bring their local knowledge into your transaction and reduce the amount of stress you might experience as part of the whole moving experience.
Although it might seem that agents do very little for their clients, they will help you set the sale price for your home by using their knowledge of similar properties, a large part will involve marketing your home by expressing it in its best light online and through fliers, phone calls and emails, etc., they will conduct viewings with ay interested potential buyers, manage the negotiations on the offers as they come in and, by law, they will also have to take all necessary steps to ensure the buyer is serious about entering into the contract to purchase the property when an offer is made.
However good you believe your chosen estate agent to be, you should take time to read through the terms and conditions thoroughly to understand what you’re paying them and what you’re going to get for your money.
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.
If we plan to purchase in the parish of Yarcombe, should we get a chancel search?
Whether you are buying a building in Cottenham Park or elsewhere in the county, the conveyancer could advise that a chancel search is ordered. In Cottenham Park's much older areas, chancel repair may be imposed on owners of a building where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have not imposed the same liability on the last owners.
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.
How will my Cottenham Park conveyancer report back on the potential risk of flooding to properties in Cottenham Park on a residential property I am intending to purchase?
An experienced conveyancing solicitor applies for official environmental searches that incorporate Cottenham Park flood risk data. Additionally the Cottenham Park solicitor might suggest a more detailed (e.g. Homcheck) detailed local flood search.
We need to complete this purchase as soon as possible, how do we guarantee fast legal work in Cottenham Park?
Finding a proactive and experienced conveyancer is crucial to buying faster. When selecting a conveyancer, consider these points: Are phone, fax and email their preferred methods of contact Do they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis? Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote?