Will a Harrogate conveyancer request official or personal searches on my property purchase?
Your conveyancer will advise as to the most appropriate course of action, depending on things like building society requirements. For personal searches, your conveyancer might consider a local search agent for example David Bellis Consulting Surveyors Ltd, 8 Mornington Terrace, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5DH Tel: 01423 529911 Fax: 01423 529922
Is it easy to sell a house without using an estate agent?
It’s relatively straightforward to sell your own home without involving an estate agent, although you should be warned that it’s a time-consuming process (which is why agents set a certain fee to pay for their time in getting your home sold).
First you need to get a proper valuation of your home, which can be done by paying a chartered surveyor and registered valuer, or you can research the house prices in the area for similar properties to get an idea of how they are selling.
Once you are happy with the price, you can advertise the property (there are several free sites that allow you to do this). Legally, you’re required to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate for the property before putting it up for sale, so you’ll need to organize a registered energy assessor to create this for you. Then you can start arranging viewings and negotiate an agreed price with anyone who is interested.
We would recommend, however, that you sign up with an estate agent as they can do all the leg work for you. The key thing, though, is to understand their fees and rates before signing an agreement with them.
Should I list my property with more than one estate agent?
The choice is entirely up to you and your specific circumstances. Going with a sole agent is probably the cheapest option (although the reach to buyers is dependent on how many clients are on their books), while multiple agents will be more expensive (but will reach a broader client base).
If you’re looking for a quick sale or the market is rather sluggish, it makes sense to put your property on with a number of agents. If the market is buoyant, it makes more sense to place the property with a sole agent.
Whichever you choose, you should always check the terms and conditions so that you know what service you’re getting for your money and how much it will cost you once the home is sold. You should also understand if there are penalties should you decide to place the property with more or fewer agents later on during the agreement period.
Having read about the serious flooding in Leeds and across Yorkshire I am worried that flood risk searches might not be detailed enough?
Flood searches handled by the conveyancer in Harrogate will also include a far more specialist search (Landmark) if the risk is deemed significant.
Why not also get in touch with a local resident to get added assurance if still concerned.
Might the conveyancing costs have any extra charges?
Homeward Legal never hide any extra, hidden costs for any reason. Some solicitors only estimate conveyancing costs, which they will not be required to adhere to.