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.
Which local factors can contaminate land in Henlow, and should they be a problem?
Residential property in Henlow can be contaminated by a broad range of environmental concerns, like masts or pylons or proximity to scrap yards. An environmental search will give more detail.
As a consequence of the fact that last year was second wettest year since records began I am thinking that environmental searches might not be detailed enough?
Property conveyancing searches carried out by your conveyancing solicitor in Henlow should include a more in depth search (Landmark) if the risk is deemed significant.
You can get in touch with a local resident to get more insight or regional Bedfordshire flood damage builder - for example: Worbey P M, Arlesey Rd, Henlow, SG16 6DF Tel: 07850 195622.
What do I provide to the solicitor on my house sale?
The list of documents required is quite simple, but will be required at different stages of the process (but ideally any forms should be completed and returned on the day of receipt and preferably delivered by hand or email).
- Proof of id
- Title deeds (if you have them; they might be lodged with the solicitor who handled the purchase of the property you are selling, or the mortgage company)
- Fixtures and Fittings Form (TA10)
- Property Information Form (TA6) – information on boundaries, disputes and complaints with neighbours, notices and proposals, alterations and planning consents, building regulations, electricity and gas certificates, guarantees and warranties, insurance, environmental matters affecting the property, rights and informal arrangements, parking, other charges, services, connection to utilities and services, and transaction information
- Copies of documents referenced in the PIF
- Leasehold or shared freehold documents
- Management Information Pack
- Energy Performance Certificate
Providing all this documentation as quickly as possible, as well as responding to arising questions throughout the conveyancing within a couple of hours will help to speed the conclusion of your transaction up considerably.
When should I book a removals firm?
It’s very tempting to get wrapped in the excitement of moving home and wanting to get everything sorted out and in the diary. But, if you book a removals firm too early, prior to the exchange of contracts (when the date and time of completion is legally set), you risk the possibility that the date might change, thereby having to pay a fee to the removals firm to change the plans.
There is nothing stopping you in contacting a selection of firms to get a quote for removal and to negotiate the possibility of pencilling a date in but ensure you obtain agreement that this is subject to change and confirmation.
Would you advise making the effort to circumvent paying out for stamp duty to the Revenue?
Homeward Legal do not recommend buyers risk any stamp duty mitigation. These schemes are highly expensive and often likely to fail. There have been several government initiatives, however, such as for first-time buyers.
Which local authority looks after Henlow?
Henlow is located in Central Bedfordshire Council, Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Bedfordshire, SG17 5TQ, phone: 0300 300 8000
Does Henlow include any areas of conservation?
Locales deemed to be of 'special architectural and historic interest', such as historic transport links, will be designated as conservation areas. Henlow itself is named as a conservation area. These restrictions can result in the buyer inheriting liability of unauthorised changes, but the benefits will include protection for trees and other flora. Your conveyancing solicitor will be able to provide more details.