Should I list my property with more than one estate agent?
The choice is entirely up to you and your specific circumstances. Going with a sole agent is probably the cheapest option (although the reach to buyers is dependent on how many clients are on their books), while multiple agents will be more expensive (but will reach a broader client base).
If you’re looking for a quick sale or the market is rather sluggish, it makes sense to put your property on with a number of agents. If the market is buoyant, it makes more sense to place the property with a sole agent.
Whichever you choose, you should always check the terms and conditions so that you know what service you’re getting for your money and how much it will cost you once the home is sold. You should also understand if there are penalties should you decide to place the property with more or fewer agents later on during the agreement period.
Property conveyancing searches may be standard procedure for home buyers but considering recent events for example the serious flooding in Sept 2012 in North West England are they actually good enough to confirm enough about the risk of flooding in Rusholme?
An experienced Rusholme property lawyer should carry out flood risk searches if the environmental search identifies a Rusholme flood risk area
You could converse with a neighbour of the property to gain extra insight if still concerned.
The house being bought is on a brownfield site. Apparently selenium (Se) soil contamination may be an issue.
Soil contamination by industrial waste, including metals, will have occurred in parts of Rusholme. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including chlorinated solvents.
Should I get my short lease extended before selling?
Buyers are becoming increasingly wary of buying leaseholds with less than 90 years to run because, first, the cost of increasing a leasehold is becoming far more expensive, and, second, mortgage companies are becoming increasingly reticent to lend money to buy leases that have dropped below the 80-year mark (indeed, this will be one of the criteria that they set to ensure their investment is protected).
As a result, buyers will often insist that the leasehold be extended back up to the 99-year or 125-year typical thresholds before going ahead and buying it. So, as the current leaseholder, you will almost certainly be expected to do the legal work required to extend the lease to a level that buyers will be happy with.
I am planning to buy in Rusholme, is it that important that 'conveyancing searches' are carried out?
Conveyancing searches are a bundle of queries raised by your solicitor via local and national authorities. They will not be a substitute for a building survey.