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.
How is contaminated land in Longthorpe investigated?
Residential property can be contaminated by a wide range of environmental factors, like petroleum and fuel sites and brine works. An environmental search should offer more information.
If we are intending to buy in the parish of Foxton, will we need a chancel search?
Your Longthorpe conveyancing solicitor could advise that a chancel search be taken out, regardless of the parish in which the building being purchased is located. Chancel repair has the potential to be imposed on current owners of a building where parish councils have previously chosen not to do so, so it can be difficult to use this as a guide.
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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I have got a conveyancing quote from you. May I have to pay any supplementary hidden costs?
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