I’ve lost my gas/electrical certificates; will that stop me moving?
There is no legal imperative for you to provide either the gas or electrical safety certificates as the seller; you are required to provide a gas safety certificate on an annual basis, however, if you are planning on letting the property out. The Institution of Electrical Engineers recommends that an electrical certificate be updated at least every ten years or when the property is transferred to a new owner (every 5 years if you are letting the property out).
However, this usually means that this is the responsibility of the buyer with the onus on organising an inspection for a new certificate falling on them.
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Which Reddish mortgage lender panels are your solicitors members of?
Most lenders in Reddish are on our solicitors' panels. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Reddish include G H L Network Services, Broadstone House/Broadstone Rd, Stockport, SK5 7DL.
Is gazumping prevalent in Reddish?
The practice of rejecting a previously accepted offer after a new buyer makes a more attractive offer is called gazumping. The will be a risk of getting gazumped in any transaction, because offers are not binding until exchange of contracts. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct a law firm as early as possible.
Has soil in Reddish been contaminated by copper?
Effort is made on a national level to rectify soil contamination. Data on many contaminants, such as polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) and groundwater contaminants like silage, will be included in an environmental search.
Is it easy to sell a house without using an estate agent?
It’s relatively straightforward to sell your own home without involving an estate agent, although you should be warned that it’s a time-consuming process (which is why agents set a certain fee to pay for their time in getting your home sold).
First you need to get a proper valuation of your home, which can be done by paying a chartered surveyor and registered valuer, or you can research the house prices in the area for similar properties to get an idea of how they are selling.
Once you are happy with the price, you can advertise the property (there are several free sites that allow you to do this). Legally, you’re required to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate for the property before putting it up for sale, so you’ll need to organize a registered energy assessor to create this for you. Then you can start arranging viewings and negotiate an agreed price with anyone who is interested.
We would recommend, however, that you sign up with an estate agent as they can do all the leg work for you. The key thing, though, is to understand their fees and rates before signing an agreement with them.