Will I need a property survey for this home purchase?
We firmly suggest that home buyers instruct a surveyor. There can be a wide range of problems which affect a property, which will not be covered by the legal work, for example roof damage and flat roof leaks.
Will our Leyland lawyer inform me about the cost of council tax on a Band A townhouse prior to completing on the purchase?
The lawyer will consult with the South Ribble local council to ask about the most up to date council tax charges which will subsequently be written in the report on title.
The latest council tax rates for properties in Leyland are published online at the South Ribble council site. At the time of authoring, 06 October 2012, rates are as follows:
- Band A - £1,024.00
- Band B - £1,195.00
- Band C - £1,366.00
- Band D - £1,537.00
- Band E - £1,878.00
- Band F - £2,220.00
- Band G - £2,561.00
- Band H - £3,073.00
Are many buyers in Leyland gazumped?
This occurs when a home owner accepts one buyer's offer and then refuses it, opting for a better offer. Gazumping could occur days before contracts are due to be exchanged. There is almost always a chance of gazumping. Instructing your property solicitor as soon as possible should help to mitigate this risk.
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.
At Homeward Legal, we offer you’re the best quality service on all types of sale and purchase, including auctions, for competitively low fees protected by our 'No Completion, No Fee' guarantee. Try our online quote calculator or call our team on 0800 038 6699.
I am intending to purchase a barn conversion in Whitworth. Will a chancel search be necessary?
The property solicitor is likely to recommend a chancel search, irrespective of the parish where the home being bought is found. In Leyland's much older areas, chancel repair dues can be collected on the current owners of a home where parish councils may have spared previous owners or tenants. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.