Should I change the locks after I move in?
It would be a wise move to replace the locks upon moving into your new home, for peace of mind if nothing else. Although you may have received a number of copies of the keys, you may not know accurately whether that bunch constitutes every copy.
Although changing the locks will be an extra cost, you may find that buildings insurance may look on the move favourably, too.
Need guidance on what to expect from the conveyancing and legal work associated with your planned move? Call our team at Homeward Legal on 0800 038 6699 and they'll get you set up today.
Why is it silly to buy a leasehold with less than 99 years to run?
In large part, if a leasehold drops below 90 years, it’s because mortgage companies will not be willing to lend money to purchase the leasehold. They will almost certainly have a stipulation on the length of the leasehold as part of their criteria for lending.
Most buyers are very aware of this and the trend is for an insistence of the sellers to provide an extension back up to the 99-year or 125-year thresholds before considering its purchase. Otherwise, even if you can finance it, eventually you’ll have to consider the legal cost of extending the lease yourself.
Which environmental factors can contaminate land in Highgate. Will they be checked for comprehensively?
Highgate property may be contaminated by a broad range of natural and human-influenced issues. Issues including proposed erection of mobile masts should be considered as part of the appropriate search.
In 3 months we are hoping to move out of our detached home in Highgate into our next maisonette in Hampstead at what point to appoint a removal company?
Homeward Legal will suggest that home vendors delay arranging removals until exchange of contracts because the firm date will not have been contractually agreed. There are many local and national companies including House Proud Removals, 6 Kingsley Pl, London, N6 5EA on 0871 226 7984 or Simple Movers, 27 Shepherds Hill, London, N6 5QL Phone: 020 3608 0303.
For a fast completion on the purchase of a £719,000 home, what can we do to accelerate the conveyancing process?
Primarily, instructing a proactive lawyer is essential to fast conveyancing. There are several things you, as the purchaser, can do to accelerate the legal work. These include:
- keeping in regular contact with the lawyer
- responding to your lawyer by phone, fax or email wherever possible
- confirming your mortgage offer