We are looking to be finally moving from our semi detached house on the outskirts of Lee to a new house in Catford what is the right point to appoint a home removal firm?
We usually recommend that home buyers and sellers delay until after exchange of contracts as beforehand usually a home moving date will not have been set. Local removals firms include 24 7 Removals & Storage, 155 Burnt Ash Hill, London, SE12 0AP on 07949 215719 or Hinks & Sons, 40 St. Mildreds Road, London, SE12 0RF Phone: 020 8857 8553.
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.
Can I withdraw my offer on a property at any time?
When you make an offer on a house that has been accepted by the vendor, you can ask them to take it off the market as part of the acceptance. If you are selling, you can show your intent by agreeing to remove it from other potential buyers’ interest.
As a buyer, you can withdraw your offer at any time (and, as a seller, you can reject an offer at any time) up to the exchange of contracts, which means you are now legally committed to go through with the transaction at the agreed price. You should check your contract with both the estate agent and your conveyancing solicitor as there may be fees and other penalties associated with pulling out of the transaction after the offer was initially agreed.
If you decide to withdraw from the contract after exchange, then you are in breach. This means, if you’re the buyer, the seller is entitled to keep whatever agreed sum has been set for the deposit, and could claim damages; as the seller, you will be liable to pay interest accrued during the Notice to Complete period as well as the deposit, and the potential for claiming losses, and the buyer has to return everything about the property at the seller’s expense.
What are the pitfalls when buying a semi detached house located inside a Lewisham local authority conservation area ?
Part of conveyancing involves making enquiries of Lewisham local authority to find out conservation area status and the required consent for any modifications. In the event that no necessary permissions be available, the solicitor will advise you of the best alternative such as obtaining an indemnity policy or seeking retrospective permission from Lewisham planning authority.
Coventry Building Society is our lender, is there anything we need to know?
When organising a mortgage, the lender will require legal work to be carried out. Buyers should consider that, over the last two years, some lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel', which may result in greater conveyancing costs for property purchasers. Homeward Legal will act for the majority of lenders to keep legal costs to a minimum.
Is there any comprehensive data about the conservation areas in Lee?
Local Lee conservation area issues, such as public spaces, satellite dishes or advertising hoardings are dealt with by the local authority (Lewisham). English Heritage administer records in relation to the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas in Lewisham and throughout England as well as the vulnerability of the area.