What do I get for my money from an estate agent?
A good estate agent will be able to bring their local knowledge into your transaction and reduce the amount of stress you might experience as part of the whole moving experience.
Although it might seem that agents do very little for their clients, they will help you set the sale price for your home by using their knowledge of similar properties, a large part will involve marketing your home by expressing it in its best light online and through fliers, phone calls and emails, etc., they will conduct viewings with ay interested potential buyers, manage the negotiations on the offers as they come in and, by law, they will also have to take all necessary steps to ensure the buyer is serious about entering into the contract to purchase the property when an offer is made.
However good you believe your chosen estate agent to be, you should take time to read through the terms and conditions thoroughly to understand what you’re paying them and what you’re going to get for your money.
How can the Handforth property solicitor advise me on the potential risk of local flooding in Handforth?
A critical step in the conveyancing protocol involves a lawyer conducting conveyancing and environmental searches that offer specific information regarding Handforth historical flood risk. Also as an additional measure a conveyancing solicitor in Handforth may advise a more flood search.
Should I be worried about gazumping?
The custom of deciding to reject a previously accepted offer when a higher offer is made by a second buyer is referred to as gazumping. The chance of gazumping exists for almost any purchase. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct a conveyancing solicitor as soon as possible.
Will we need a chancel search if I plan to purchase in the parish of Chester St Bridget?
Your property solicitor is likely to recommend that a chancel search be ordered. Chancel repair may be imposed on the current owners of a residence where Parochial Church Councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners.
Would it be reasonable to carry out the DIY conveyancing myself.
Should you want to attempt this you can embark on the legal and technical work without having conveyancing solicitor in Handforth. However legal firms would suggest that DIY conveyancing would be a potentially hazardous approach as amateur lawyers do not have appropriate insurance cover which qualified lawyers are required by the SRA to carry.
How much is the council tax on a Forties mid-terrace Band E property in Handforth?
You will be advised on your new house's band within the conveyancer's title report. Council tax rates for homes in Handforth are listed on the Cheshire East local authority site. At the time of writing, 31 July 2012, rates are as follows:
- Band A - £975.00
- Band B - £1,138.00
- Band C - £1,301.00
- Band D - £1,463.00
- Band E - £1,788.00
- Band F - £2,113.00
- Band G - £2,439.00
- Band H - £2,926.00