Does our lawyer in Newton Abbot report back to me about the cost of council tax for a Band H townhouse prior to completing on the purchase?
The conveyancer will liaise with the governing Teignbridge local authority to ask about the applicable council tax band and rates, which should then be added to the title report.
Correct rates for homes in Newton Abbot are set out at the Teignbridge council website. On (09 October 2012) band rates are:
- Band A - £1,031.00
- Band B - £1,203.00
- Band C - £1,375.00
- Band D - £1,547.00
- Band E - £1,891.00
- Band F - £2,235.00
- Band G - £2,579.00
- Band H - £3,094.00
Is a drainage search a fee or disbursement?
Some solicitors pass off extra costs as necessary disbursements. It may not be clear whether a cost is a disbursement or not, and if it ought to be included. This charge is a disbursement not a fee, and is passed on to the buyer at cost.
Do we need a Newton Abbot house surveyor to inspect this property purchase?
It is firmly advised that the majority of buyers arrange a property survey. There can be a wide range of defects which will impact a property, including settlement or dry rot, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.
When should I book a removals firm?
It’s very tempting to get wrapped in the excitement of moving home and wanting to get everything sorted out and in the diary. But, if you book a removals firm too early, prior to the exchange of contracts (when the date and time of completion is legally set), you risk the possibility that the date might change, thereby having to pay a fee to the removals firm to change the plans.
There is nothing stopping you in contacting a selection of firms to get a quote for removal and to negotiate the possibility of pencilling a date in but ensure you obtain agreement that this is subject to change and confirmation.
How many weeks can the conveyancing process generally take, according to your estimates? I already have an offer.
On average, the time required to sell or purchase residential property is not wholly predictable. This is according to a number of legal considerations which may include if a third party is slow to respond. With our solicitors, the matter is undertaken as quickly as possible.
What do I do if new and severe damage is found after moving in?
You should reasonably expect the home into which you’re moving to be cleared, clean and without additional damage. Of course, things can happen as removals can chip plaster, scratch or tear wallpaper, etc., but if there is significant damage that was not present before, it would be advisable to talk to your solicitor to see if there is any recourse for you on your seller.
You may also like to think about writing a clause into the contract that money will only be released after a cursory inspection of the premises to confirm that you are happy. This needs to be agreed with the seller’s solicitor, but the expectation is already raised. Beware that, in the chaos of the moving day, you can’t afford to delay things too much, so it’s a fine balance.