Can I agree a sale price without involving an estate agent or solicitor?
This depends on whether you have signed up with an estate agent and what agreement is already in place. While it might seem unfair if you’ve found a buyer outside of the estate agency process and you’re expected to still pay the agent their fees on sale, you should be very careful about stepping outside the agreed terms and conditions since this is legally binding and you may face penalties as a result. Therefore, if you want to follow this course, it’s worth checking the details with a solicitor to ensure you’re following the letter of the law.
If you’re not with an agent, you can publicise your house details with a number of publications and online sites (some are free, others require a fee), but you’ll need to do all the legwork and administration. For a legal standpoint, you don’t need to appoint a solicitor to perform the conveyancing, but it would be an unwise option to pursue as you will probably have neither the training or experience in some its complexities, and you won’t have the protective indemnity insurance in the event of a problem arising with your work.
How much can the conveyancing searches be?
With Homeward Legal, Heathrow conveyancing clients are charged at most £249 for the standard search bundle. Searches are paid out to a 3rd party, and are not included in a solicitor's fees.
I am intending to purchase a rectory in the parish of Astwood. Is a chancel search necessary?
Your conveyancing lawyer could advise a chancel search, regardless of the parish where the home being bought is located. Chancel repair may be imposed on current owners of a home 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.
What are the benefits of an online solicitor against a high street firm?
Many commentators and bloggers have suggested that you get so much more from online conveyancers because they have access to state-of-the-art applications to manage their cases and use the latest communication technology.
However, there is nothing stopping high street conveyancing firms from adopting such technology. And they will have a wealth of experience and knowledge of the local area that they can bring to bear on your transaction.
It all comes down to what they offer and how they go about their business. You should get a selection of quotes and read through the terms and conditions in detail to understand the comparisons between what they offer and how much they are going to charge you for the service.
If you choose Homeward Legal, you not only get an experienced proactive solicitor but also access to the latest technology and local knowledge. Call us now on 0800 038 6699 to find out more.
What can impact land in Heathrow, and should they be a concern?
Many of contaminants caused by human activities can lessen the value of residential property in Heathrow, such as nearby waste management facilities and proposed erection of mobile masts. An environmental search will offer more detail. Teesside Golf Club, Cleveland, TS17 7JS is one such potential cause of contamination in Heathrow.
Do you recommend taking steps to get out of paying for stamp duty?
Stamp duty reduction scheme is not recommended. These schemes are expensive and unreliable. There have been a small number of government-sponsored schemes, such as higher thresholds for first-time buyers. Your solicitor will advise as to your eligibility.
Are the doctors/dentists/schools oversubscribed in the area I want to move to?
Although your conveyancing solicitor may have some personal knowledge of these critical factors, they are not part of the conveyancing process, so will not form part of the contract.
If aspects such as how likely you’ll get into a surgery or school are important to you, it is worth factoring this in at an early stage when you are researching the areas into which you want to move. You can also glean some facts from the estate agent representing properties where you want to move, too. You might also like to contact the surgeries or schools for further information.
Homeward Legal provides a personal conveyancing service at a competitive fixed fee protected by our 'No Completion, No Fee' promise. Get started now on 0800 038 6699 and talk to one of our team.