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.
Which local authority is responsible for Llantarnam?
Llantarnam is located in Torfaen County Borough Council, Civic Centre, Pontypool, Torfaen, NP4 6YB, contact: 01495 762 200
What should I do about the transfer of ownership of the utility billing?
It is the responsibility of the former owners to inform the utilities firms (gas, electricity, water, etc.) that they are moving.
You should give your current suppliers at least 48 hours’ notice that you’re moving home and, when you leave your old property, you should take all the necessary readings and send them to your old supplier(s) along with your forwarding address, so that they can send you a final bill and sort out any credit you might be owed.
You should give your new utility suppliers at least 48 hours giving your personal details for the new property. When you move into your new property, you should take all the readings again and send them to the new suppliers so that they have a record of where to start the bills running.
We are concerned about council tax amounts on a Thirties end of terrace home in Llantarnam, what are they?
As a rule a title report should cover the Torfaen council tax band. The latest council tax charges for homes in Llantarnam are set out at the Torfaen local authority website. On 10/06/2012 rates are:
- Band A - £805.36
- Band B - £939.59
- Band C - £1,073.81
- Band D - £1,208.04
- Band E - £1,476.49
- Band F - £1,744.95
- Band G - £2,013.40
- Band H - £2,416.08
Are Llantarnam many areas of conservation going to constrain us?
Areas deemed to be of architectural merit, such as country house estates, will be designated as conservation areas. These restrictions can make repairs more costly or time-consuming, but the benefits will include confidence that property will retain its value.
Should I organize a private purchase of items on the Fixtures and Fittings form?
This would be very unwise as the Fixtures and Fittings Form (TA10) forms part of the contract, and it lists all the items that the seller is planning to leave at the property with an agreed price for anything they want money for.
To try to organise a private sale outside of this clear and controlled process may result in difficulties later on in the process, which is precisely why this form is in place. If you want something to remain that’s not listed on the Fixtures and Fittings Form, raise a query through your solicitor so that negotiations may be formally carried out.
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What type of flood plain searches in connection with the risk and history of flooding at Torfaen will the Llantarnam conveyancing solicitor conduct for a Sixties home I am wanting to buy?
Your residential property conveyancer conducts standard conveyancing and environmental searches that incorporate Llantarnam flood risk data. Furthermore a property lawyer in Llantarnam may suggest an inexpensive (around twenty pounds) and more involved search. At the time of writing (03/01/13) reports on the Environment Agency flood reports website don’t reveal any flood warnings in the Llantarnam area.