Is a mining search paid to the solicitor?
Comparing conveyancing quotes can be difficult, given the various definitions different firms use to describe the same thing. This charge is a disbursement not a fee, and is passed on to the buyer at cost.
We are buying on a Sandy brownfield site. Could the topsoil be contaminated by industrial waste?
Steps are taken throughout Sandy to identify topsoil contamination. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including groundwater contaminants like phenols.
We are purchasing a £369000 Sandy home, how is stamp duty rates calculated?
Stamp Duty in Sandy is based on a small number of factors, including the value of the house or flat, and whether it is in a 'disadvantaged area'. It is £11070 on a £369000 house or flat.
What are searches, and how do they differ from a survey?
Searches are a set of enquiries carried out by your surveyor to various authorities such as the local council, HM Land Registry, etc., and focuses on the impact of the local area on your potential enjoyment of living at the property, while a survey (a HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey) is focused on the structural integrity of the home and its permanent outbuildings and constructions.
While each may throw up similar issues (such as missing planning consents or boundary issues), they are very different and achieve very different purposes.
Our solicitors at Homeward Legal are willing and happy to explain anything you don't understand in the conveyancing, because you need to know what you're getting for our competitively-priced fixed fee. Call our team on 0800 038 6699.
How is Sandy contaminated land investigated?
Property in Sandy would be contaminated by several factors caused by man and by nature, and an environmental search should clarify to what extent a specific plot of land could be affected by Sandy contaminants like a proximate telecommunications base station and proximity to landfill sites. Potton Landfill, Carthagena Road, Bedfordshire, SG19 2NQ, for example, may be a source of local contamination.
Should I change the locks after I move in?
It would be a wise move to replace the locks upon moving into your new home, for peace of mind if nothing else. Although you may have received a number of copies of the keys, you may not know accurately whether that bunch constitutes every copy.
Although changing the locks will be an extra cost, you may find that buildings insurance may look on the move favourably, too.
Need guidance on what to expect from the conveyancing and legal work associated with your planned move? Call our team at Homeward Legal on 0800 038 6699 and they'll get you set up today.
I am intending to move from our period home just outside Sandy to a flat in Henlow . What is the best point to book a home removal company?
Most conveyancers tend to advise that house movers delay booking a removals company until the point where contracts have exchanged because the firm move date wont have been confirmed. Local removals companies include B & B Removals, 15 Crow Hill, Sandy, SG19 2RZ on 07967 803112.
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.