Can I agree a sale price without involving an estate agent or solicitor?
This depends on whether you have signed up with an estate agent and what agreement is already in place. While it might seem unfair if you’ve found a buyer outside of the estate agency process and you’re expected to still pay the agent their fees on sale, you should be very careful about stepping outside the agreed terms and conditions since this is legally binding and you may face penalties as a result. Therefore, if you want to follow this course, it’s worth checking the details with a solicitor to ensure you’re following the letter of the law.
If you’re not with an agent, you can publicise your house details with a number of publications and online sites (some are free, others require a fee), but you’ll need to do all the legwork and administration. For a legal standpoint, you don’t need to appoint a solicitor to perform the conveyancing, but it would be an unwise option to pursue as you will probably have neither the training or experience in some its complexities, and you won’t have the protective indemnity insurance in the event of a problem arising with your work.
What are our options if purchasing a converted flat inside a Mid Sussex council conservation area ?
Mid Sussex council LLC1 searches conducted by a solicitor in the process of the conveyancing should determine the existence of the appropriate authorisation for any alterations to the property.Should no authority consents be produced, your solicitor will recommend the options, which include requesting an indemnity insurance or seeking retrospective consent from Mid Sussex council.
Is there a benefit to going to auction over a standard estate agent sale?
The majority of homes sold via an estate agent will be in a reasonable condition and usually modernised, whereas auction properties will often require a lot of modernisation or structural work before it can be lived in. That’s not to say you can’t use either for your sale, of course, irrespective of the state of the property.
Whichever option you choose, you should line up a focused, proactive solicitor on a fixed-fee agreement protected by a ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee. You should appoint them as early as possible, too, so that the conveyancing work can start immediately – this is particularly important for auctions, as there is usually a four-week completion stipulation on its sale.
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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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The estate agent we are using in Cuckfield has put forward a law firm that they have used before. Do we need to instruct this solicitor?
Your Cuckfield agent may recommend one or more conveyancing firms. These referrals should be thoroughly considered, as the agent may prefer to suggest the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the best solicitor for your needs.
We plan to buy a chapel in the parish of Lynch. Is a chancel search necessary?
Regardless of the Cuckfield parish you are purchasing in, the Cuckfield conveyancing solicitor might recommend that a chancel search be taken out. Through some church councils have decided to charge chancel repairs on the current owners of lay rectorships, there is no guarantee that a parish which has not been subject to chancel liability in the past will not automatically be the case for future owners.
Solicitors in Cuckfield apply for varied searches when they are instructed to act for a purchase client - what particular ones?
When you are taking out a mortgage a mortgage lender requires you to the following for properties in Cuckfield: Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW) and Environment Search and perhaps area-specific searches e.g. a British Waterways.