If I want to build an extension or do other works once I move in, can I get a builder to visit to give me a quote?
There is nothing stopping you trying to organise this, so long as you set a date and time that’s acceptable to the vendor (or via their estate agent if they are unable to be there) and try to establish how long the process will take, so that this can be booked in.
This becomes particularly critical following a surveyor’s inspection where remedial works are identified and recommended. You can use the quote from the builder as a renegotiation tool on the asking price, if the work required is going to be particularly costly. If you decide to go down this route, it must be done before exchange of contracts (where you’re committing to the sale price) and you should inform your solicitor if you’ve had private discussions and agreements with the vendor over price for inclusion in the terms of the contract.
Do you work with many lenders with branches in Hammersmith?
Of lenders with local offices around Hammersmith, Homeward Legal work with the majority. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Hammersmith include Thames, 1 Lyric Sq, London, W6 0NB. The solicitor handling your conveyancing transaction can provide more information.
Are there many conservation areas in Hammersmith?
Conservation areas delineate local areas of historical or architectural value. The local council will be able to provide more details about local conservation areas, and the solicitor handling your purchase will discuss the relevant responsibilities.
Should we get a building surveyor to inspect this house purchase?
Homeward Legal firmly recommend that Hammersmith property purchasers book a building survey when you plan to buy in Hammersmith. There can be a wide range of defects which can negatively affect a property, for example severe weathering and blocked drains. Such issues will not be considered during the conveyancing work itself.
What’s the difference between residential and commercial conveyancing?
In essence, there is very little difference between the tasks needed for residential conveyancing against commercial conveyancing. The real difference comes in the type of property and the purpose for which it is intended to be used.
The majority of residential transactions are freehold, whereas commercial transactions are almost exclusively leasehold, and commercial property conveyancing searches will tend to be more expensive because the structure and land will occupy a greater space on average than that for residential property.
Can I change the purpose of use for a purchase as part of the conveyancing procedure?
Putting in a planning request to change the use of part or all of a property is a straightforward process and you can deal directly with the local authority, which authorises plans and requests. However, tying it in with a planned purchase of a property has its own problems, since you don’t yet formally own the property, and the length of time to get through the planning process (with no guarantee of success) will need to be factored into the purchase duration, which the seller may not agree to.
We would advise you to either buy the property and then put in the planning request after completion (or exchange at the very earliest), or buy a property that’s already fit for your purposes. Or you might be lucky to find a property that already has the relevant planning consents in place.