Will my Keswick property lawyer inform me about the amount to be paid of council tax for a Band C house prior to completion?
Your property lawyer will approach the council to ascertain the appropriate council tax rates, which will be included in the report on title. Council tax rates for properties in Keswick are detailed online at the Allerdale local authority site. As at (20 December 2012) rates are:
- Band A - £1,038.00
- Band B - £1,211.00
- Band C - £1,384.00
- Band D - £1,557.00
- Band E - £1,903.00
- Band F - £2,249.00
- Band G - £2,595.00
- Band H - £3,114.00
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 individual searches will my Keswick conveyancing solicitor carry out when acting on a Keswick flat?
The customary legal procedure is to obtain Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW), Environmental and Gypsum as well as any area-specific searches e.g. a Utilities report.
I have read about the major flooding in Sept 2012 in North West England we are worried that environmental searches aren't sufficient?
Flood searches conducted by your Keswick conveyancing solicitor should include the far more in depth search (Landmark) if it is felt necessary.
If you are anxious you could get in touch with a neighbour of the property.
Is contaminated land a problem in Keswick?
Several contaminants caused by factors caused by man and by nature may spoil Keswick property, and an environmental search should reveal if a home can be impacted by contaminants in the region like infilled land.
The ground-floor flat being bought is on a brownfield land. Is the topsoil possibly contaminated by waste minerals like uranium (U)?
Some metal contamination may have occurred throughout Keswick, but some extreme cases may be deemed an unsafe risk. The local authority for Keswick will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.
What are property searches?
Conveyancing searches are a standardised pack of enquiries requested by the purchaser's conveyancing solicitor through particular authorities. Searches cannot be used in place of a survey.
We are selling in Keswick, and have had a conveyancing quote from you. May there be any extra costs?
No. Our solicitors never hide any additional fees. You should be aware that some firms only provide estimates disguised as quotes, which they will not be required to adhere to.