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 are the benefits of an online solicitor against a high street firm?
Many commentators and bloggers have suggested that you get so much more from online conveyancers because they have access to state-of-the-art applications to manage their cases and use the latest communication technology.
However, there is nothing stopping high street conveyancing firms from adopting such technology. And they will have a wealth of experience and knowledge of the local area that they can bring to bear on your transaction.
It all comes down to what they offer and how they go about their business. You should get a selection of quotes and read through the terms and conditions in detail to understand the comparisons between what they offer and how much they are going to charge you for the service.
If you choose Homeward Legal, you not only get an experienced proactive solicitor but also access to the latest technology and local knowledge. Call us now on 0800 038 6699 to find out more.
Which government body keeps records for checking the state of the conservation areas in Ditchling?
English Heritage, a government body, administer a list of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas. Local conservation areas are specified by the local authority (Mid Sussex) who police conservation area concerns from including things like advertising hoardings, removal of front gardens for parking and street furniture.
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.
What average time should I expect it to take the lawyer to finish the conveyancing work on the top floor of home we are purchasing in Ditchling?
It can take anywhere between 3 weeks and 12 weeks, which can be affected by a number of issues for example the efficiency of the vendor's conveyancing solicitor, or renegotiations.
What will the council tax cost for a Forties Band an apartment in Ditchling?
Your property's band should ordinarily be reported as part of the conveyancing report on title along with the local authority.
The correct rates for homes in Ditchling are set out at the Mid Sussex local authority site. On 01 December 2012 rates are:
- Band A - £1,004.00
- Band B - £1,172.00
- Band C - £1,339.00
- Band D - £1,506.00
- Band E - £1,841.00
- Band F - £2,176.00
- Band G - £2,510.00
- Band H - £3,012.00