The residence being bought is on a ex-industrial use land. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste like aluminium (Al)?
Policies are in place to control pollution, waste, water and chemical contamination. Other sources of contaminated land include groundwater contamination.
What’s the difference between exchange of contracts and completion?
When you exchange contracts, this means that you are agreeing to all the terms drawn up within the contract made between you on one side of the transaction, and the opposite party on the other side. It is from this point that you are legally obliged to go through with the transaction (unless you want to be subject to financial and/or legal penalties).
The completion of contracts is the point where you officially take over ownership of the property, receive the keys and can move in. All monies are transferred between the various parties and the conveyancing solicitor contacts the Land Registry to register the change of ownership to you.
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How can I determine more info on the upkeep of the conservation areas in Ladbroke Grove?
English Heritage, a government body, administer a list of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas as well as the trend.
Local Ladbroke Grove conservation areas like building materials, removal of front gardens for parking or street posts are administered by the local authority (Westminster).
Does homewardlegal.co.uk administer auction conveyancing in Ladbroke Grove?
Homeward Legal is highly knowledgeable with property auction procedures. Typically more complicated to convey homes e. g. residential investments, are bought at property auctions which necessitate added. We therefore advocate that buyers at auction select a CQS conveyancing solicitor well in advance of the date of the auction to allow sufficient time for a full investigation of the legal documents. Thereafter, following the auction day itself your now prepared lawyer is completely focused on briskly finishing the legal side of things within a as tight time frame as required .
If I want to build an extension or do other works once I move in, can I get a builder to visit to give me a quote?
There is nothing stopping you trying to organise this, so long as you set a date and time that’s acceptable to the vendor (or via their estate agent if they are unable to be there) and try to establish how long the process will take, so that this can be booked in.
This becomes particularly critical following a surveyor’s inspection where remedial works are identified and recommended. You can use the quote from the builder as a renegotiation tool on the asking price, if the work required is going to be particularly costly. If you decide to go down this route, it must be done before exchange of contracts (where you’re committing to the sale price) and you should inform your solicitor if you’ve had private discussions and agreements with the vendor over price for inclusion in the terms of the contract.
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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