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.
For fast conveyancing to buy a £ 592k house, what should we organise to speed up the conveyancing process?
The key to a fast conveyancing transaction is to instruct a experienced conveyancer. When identifying an appropriate a conveyancer, ask yourself the following: Do they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis? Was there a delay delivering a quote? Do they use email?
If I’m renting out rooms in my house, do I need to appoint a solicitor?
No, you don’t, because there is no legal imperative for you to do so. However, it’s not as straightforward as simply leasing out a room to a renter because there are certain provisions that must be met in order to protect you as the renter and the person renting the room.
This depends on the room and where it is in the property, state of the plumbing, insurance, and a number of other factors. You’ll also need to draw up a tenancy agreement to ensure demarcation and rights for both parties. While you won’t necessarily need a solicitor involved, it’s worth contacting a letting agency who will have the experience and knowledge to ensure you have everything in place. Be aware that any advice you seek from professionals may come with a fee, so it would be worth shopping around first.
Which factors will contaminate land in Crews Hill, and should they be an issue?
Numerous of contaminants caused by naturally-occurring factors may impair land in Crews Hill, and an environmental search will reveal the extent to which a specific property is affected by contaminants like potentially contaminative use of nearby land and sand or gravel pits.
When should you speak to a solicitor?
In simple terms, instructing as early as possible is better. The legal work can then start straight away. Promptly instructing a firm for a sale enables documents can be prepared earlier, considerably accelerating the whole process, whereas if you are buying your offer may be taken more seriously if you already have a solicitor instructed.
Should I change the locks after I move in?
It would be a wise move to replace the locks upon moving into your new home, for peace of mind if nothing else. Although you may have received a number of copies of the keys, you may not know accurately whether that bunch constitutes every copy.
Although changing the locks will be an extra cost, you may find that buildings insurance may look on the move favourably, too.
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Do we need to opt for a conveyancing solicitor referred by my estate agent?
If you choose a law firm this way, you the agent is able to pressure a solicitor to wrap up the process as soon as possible. Such referrals must be carefully considered, as there is a risk that the agent may suggest the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.