Is there a checklist for buyers or sellers helping to decide what’s most important?
The process of buying and selling is a complex one, so it’s helpful for your research to have checklists to ensure nothing is forgotten. There are several online resources with checklists for individual aspects of the moving process, including what to consider as a first-time buyer, help to buy schemes, removals, speeding up conveyancing and so on.
When it comes to deciding what you want for your new home to help you narrow down the choice of locations and types of property available, this is largely down to personal choice, so a standardised checklist might limit your requirements. You can talk to an estate agent about what you want as they will have the experience to narrow down your options. However, you need to consider the size of the property (number of rooms, bathroom facilities, bedrooms, etc.), size of garden, proximity to public transport links, noise, entertainment options (e.g. cinema, pub, eateries, etc.), access to off-road parking, schools, speed of broadband, and so on. Consider making a list of what the property must have and an associated wish list so that likely compromises can be made.
We need to complete this purchase as soon as possible, how do we organise fast conveyancing?
Key to fast Knowle conveyancing is to employing a proactive lawyer. There are a range of things you, as the buyer, can do, such as, answering any queries raised by your lawyer as soon as possible, encouraging your lawyer to carry out searches promptly and organising your finances, including arranging a mortgage.
Co-operative Bank is our lender, what do I need to be aware of?
Over the last two years, some lenders have limited the number of solicitors who can act for them. Homeward Legal can act for most lenders so that you will not be required to pay an additional fee for your lender's solicitor.
I’ve lost my gas/electrical certificates; will that stop me moving?
There is no legal imperative for you to provide either the gas or electrical safety certificates as the seller; you are required to provide a gas safety certificate on an annual basis, however, if you are planning on letting the property out. The Institution of Electrical Engineers recommends that an electrical certificate be updated at least every ten years or when the property is transferred to a new owner (every 5 years if you are letting the property out).
However, this usually means that this is the responsibility of the buyer with the onus on organising an inspection for a new certificate falling on them.
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Which specific property conveyancing searches does a Knowle property lawyer conduct for a Knowle house?
Normal legal procedure will be to get the following Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environment Search and occasionally specific local searches such as Official Search of Part with Priority (OS2).
Does Knowle include any areas of conservation?
Conservation areas specify streets and neighbourhoods of architectural or historic interest. Knowle itself is named as a conservation area. Your conveyancing solicitor will provide more details.
We are buying a converted maisonette in a designated conservation areas. How do I locate more details relating to the standard of upkeep of the area?
English Heritage, a government body, administer records in relation to the condition of conservation areas along with the trend of the area. Local Knowle conservation areas are designated by the local Bristol planning authority, who regulate everything from whether trees can be cut down to the obstruction of billboards.
Which local authority is responsible for Knowle?
Knowle is located in Bristol City Council, The Council House, College Green, BS1 5TR, Tel: 0117 922 3000