For a fast conveyancing process on the purchase of a £980,000 property, how can we speed things up?
Key to a fast transaction is to instruct a proactive, diligent solicitor. When finding a solicitor, consider these questions: Do they use email? How soon will they order searches? Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?
When should I book a removals firm?
It’s very tempting to get wrapped in the excitement of moving home and wanting to get everything sorted out and in the diary. But, if you book a removals firm too early, prior to the exchange of contracts (when the date and time of completion is legally set), you risk the possibility that the date might change, thereby having to pay a fee to the removals firm to change the plans.
There is nothing stopping you in contacting a selection of firms to get a quote for removal and to negotiate the possibility of pencilling a date in but ensure you obtain agreement that this is subject to change and confirmation.
Will we need a chancel search if we are purchasing in the parish of Chertsey?
A solicitor is likely to recommend a chancel search. In older areas of Frimley, chancel repair dues can be collected on owners of a residence where Parochial Church Councils may have not done so in the past. In the event that chancel liability may apply, your solicitor might recommend insurance rather than pulling out of the purchase.
I’ve lost my gas/electrical certificates; will that stop me moving?
There is no legal imperative for you to provide either the gas or electrical safety certificates as the seller; you are required to provide a gas safety certificate on an annual basis, however, if you are planning on letting the property out. The Institution of Electrical Engineers recommends that an electrical certificate be updated at least every ten years or when the property is transferred to a new owner (every 5 years if you are letting the property out).
However, this usually means that this is the responsibility of the buyer with the onus on organising an inspection for a new certificate falling on them.
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If I am buying in Frimley, is it recommended to get a chancel search?
Owners of property in a neighbourhood near churches must contribute towards repairs, where chancel repair liability exists. A chancel search is used to check that such a liability exists. Ecclesiastical properties in this area where a chancel search may be necessary include Green St Andrew, St Francis and St Peter.
If there are outstanding works approved in the planning consent, can I still use it?
Generally speaking, planning permission legally has to have an expiry date, which is usually for a period of three years from approval for the building work to start (and not necessarily complete, unless the consent has a suitable caveat).
This means that the consent is against the property and the intended construction rather than the person who made the application. As such, if the planning consent remains within the expiry period, the agreement is transferrable to the new owner of the property.
Your solicitor will be able to provide further advice, once enquiries with the local authority have been satisfactorily completed as part of the conveyancing.