The house being bought is on a former industrial site. Can the soil still be contaminated?
Though the dangers are usually minor, contaminated land areas are labelled as such if the danger to the environment is judged to be too great. Environment search results will factor contaminants, including metals and others such as groundwater contaminants like sewage and insecticides.
Do we need to make use of the solicitors firm that usually works with by my local agent?
Your agent may recommend a solicitors firm, however, such referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, as an agent may choose the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.
As a result of the major flooding last year in the Midlands I am asking whether environmental searches might not be sufficient?
A thorough conveyancer in Kempsey will consider carry out food risk searches (Landmark database search) if the standard conveyancing searches establishes a significant risk of flooding in Kempsey.
You can contact a future neighbour to get more comfort if you are still worried.
What is the council tax on a period converted Band C house in Kempsey?
Your appropriate council tax band should typically be reported within the conveyancing report on title along with the local council Up-to-date charges for residents of Kempsey are tabled on the Malvern Hills council website. As of 09 October 2012 rates are as follows:
- Band A - £986.00
- Band B - £1,151.00
- Band C - £1,315.00
- Band D - £1,480.00
- Band E - £1,808.00
- Band F - £2,137.00
- Band G - £2,466.00
- Band H - £2,959.00
Which parts of Kempsey are covered by a conservation area?
These areas qualify local areas defined as being of 'special architectural and historic interest'. The benefits of such restrictions include protection for trees and other flora, but they can make repairs more costly or time-consuming.