Would getting a property survey be a good idea when buying property in Holywell?
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors heavily advise that you instruct a home surveyor. There can be a range of problems that have a negative impact on a property. These include roof damage, and issues such as these are not likely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.
Will we need a chancel search if we are buying a Holywell home on the same street as priory land?
Owners of property near to churches may be required to cover the cost of repairs. This is referred to as chancel repair liability. A chancel search is employed to check whether such a liability exists. Liability is more common in some parts of the country. Holywell ecclesiastical properties include St John the Baptist and St Mary.
My agent has named a property solicitor. Will it be more cost-effective to use this firm?
If you instruct a firm referred this way, you may have the advantage of the agent being able to exert pressure on a solicitor to complete sooner. Such referrals should be compared against alternatives, such as local solicitors, or firms found online, as there is a risk that an agent may choose whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the law firm with the best reputation.
The survey revealed that no planning consent was obtained for an extension: What are the issues I’ll face?
The chartered surveyor inspecting the property will check any extensions or works that have occurred and highlight any concerns for the attention of your conveyancing solicitor, who will make enquiries with the local authority to establish whether the consents and building regulations are in place.
If the building regulations agreement is not in place, the vendor is not legally allowed to sell the property until they are, since the title deeds cannot be transferred to your ownership. If building requiring planning consent is present at the property but without proof of consent approval, the local authority might be willing to accept a retrospective approval, although this could take a long time, and, even then, they may instruct you, as the new owner, to return the building to its former state, which could be very costly.
Your solicitor will be able to advise you on the most appropriate course of action to take, including whether the retrospective planning or the reversal of building works can be renegotiated from the agreed sale price.
Is there a benefit to going to auction over a standard estate agent sale?
The majority of homes sold via an estate agent will be in a reasonable condition and usually modernised, whereas auction properties will often require a lot of modernisation or structural work before it can be lived in. That’s not to say you can’t use either for your sale, of course, irrespective of the state of the property.
Whichever option you choose, you should line up a focused, proactive solicitor on a fixed-fee agreement protected by a ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee. You should appoint them as early as possible, too, so that the conveyancing work can start immediately – this is particularly important for auctions, as there is usually a four-week completion stipulation on its sale.
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Which government body keeps records for keeping order in the standard of repair of the conservation areas in Holywell?
English Heritage maintain a detailed list about the state of conservation areas as well as the vulnerability. Conservation areas are nominated by Flintshire who administer conservation area concerns from including things like street clutter, addition of PVC windows and the historic layout of roads.