What are searches, and how do they differ from a survey?
Searches are a set of enquiries carried out by your surveyor to various authorities such as the local council, HM Land Registry, etc., and focuses on the impact of the local area on your potential enjoyment of living at the property, while a survey (a HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey) is focused on the structural integrity of the home and its permanent outbuildings and constructions.
While each may throw up similar issues (such as missing planning consents or boundary issues), they are very different and achieve very different purposes.
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Is it hard to sell a property located in a conservation area?
A conservation area is designated and managed by the local authority to ensure the unique nature of the location is maintained by placing restrictions on changes to the buildings, street furniture and green spaces to protect the architectural or historical interest of everything within the conservation area boundary.
Because of this resistance to change, this usually means homes in conservation areas are more attractive to buyers, and, as such, there may be a premium to pay over properties outside such areas. Because of the attraction of such property, they will usually sell well and quickly. However, there will need to be greater checks by the buyer’s solicitor to verify that your property conforms to the conservation area restrictions, which may add extra time to the duration of the conveyancing.
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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.
What can a Hale Barns property solicitor advise if the home I am intending to buy is in a Manchester conservation area which has out of place dormer windows fitted to it?
Manchester council searches carried out by a property lawyer during the legal process will find out whether the property is within a conservation area and evidence of council approval for changes to the property will be supplied.
Which environmental factors can contaminate land in Hale Barns. Are they a concern?
Land could be contaminated by a range of natural causes. Contaminants such as masts or pylons or limestone or gypsum quarrying should be considered as part of the appropriate search.
Which individual property will the conveyancing solicitor in Hale Barns carry out on a Hale Barns building?
The routine conveyancing procedure is to obtain Local Authority Search, Drainage Search, Environment Search and Coal Mining Search and perhaps specific local searches, which might include Official Search of Whole or Part without Priority (OS3).
Should I accept an offer on my home if I haven’t found one to buy?
From your prospective buyer’s standpoint, they are not going to want to wait around for you to find somewhere to move to necessarily, meaning that they might drop out of the process to look for a property that is more readily available. However, you might want to have the discussion with your estate agent as to the best way to manage this as part of the process of putting your house on the market.
It’s not always going to be easy for everyone in the chain to have everything lined up from mortgage offers, sale price agreements, solicitors, surveys and so on. Therefore, you can be honest and tell your prospective buyer that, while you’re accepting the price, you haven’t completed your part in the chain; if they are unhappy with this, your other option is to consider a short-term rental or moving in with friends temporarily to protect the sale.
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Which Hale Barns lenders do you work with?
We are able to work with all the major lenders serving home purchasers in Hale Barns. Hale Barns lenders and mortgage specialists include Hammond Mortgage Services, 27 Green Gate, Hale Barns, Altrincham, WA15 0SH. Your conveyancing solicitors will be able to deal with the particular enquiries and searches your lender requires.