Is there a checklist for buyers or sellers helping to decide what’s most important?
The process of buying and selling is a complex one, so it’s helpful for your research to have checklists to ensure nothing is forgotten. There are several online resources with checklists for individual aspects of the moving process, including what to consider as a first-time buyer, help to buy schemes, removals, speeding up conveyancing and so on.
When it comes to deciding what you want for your new home to help you narrow down the choice of locations and types of property available, this is largely down to personal choice, so a standardised checklist might limit your requirements. You can talk to an estate agent about what you want as they will have the experience to narrow down your options. However, you need to consider the size of the property (number of rooms, bathroom facilities, bedrooms, etc.), size of garden, proximity to public transport links, noise, entertainment options (e.g. cinema, pub, eateries, etc.), access to off-road parking, schools, speed of broadband, and so on. Consider making a list of what the property must have and an associated wish list so that likely compromises can be made.
Which local authority is responsible for Shepherds Bush?
Shepherds Bush is located in London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council, Town Hall, King Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 9JU, contact: 020 8748 3021
How many lenders in Shepherds Bush do you work with?
Homeward Legal have solicitors who have experience working with the majority of lenders. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Shepherds Bush, such as The Mortgage Circle, 1 Harrow Rd, Wembley, HA9 6DE, Ansari Financial Services, 10 Crawford Pl, London, W1H 5NF, and Mortgage Gateway, 84 Kensington High St, London, W8 4SG.
Can I change the purpose of use for a purchase as part of the conveyancing procedure?
Putting in a planning request to change the use of part or all of a property is a straightforward process and you can deal directly with the local authority, which authorises plans and requests. However, tying it in with a planned purchase of a property has its own problems, since you don’t yet formally own the property, and the length of time to get through the planning process (with no guarantee of success) will need to be factored into the purchase duration, which the seller may not agree to.
We would advise you to either buy the property and then put in the planning request after completion (or exchange at the very earliest), or buy a property that’s already fit for your purposes. Or you might be lucky to find a property that already has the relevant planning consents in place.
Do you advise that we get searches for chancel liability? I am purchasing in Shepherds Bush.
Some owners in Shepherds Bush can be required to subsidise upkeep of a local church. A chancel search addresses if such a liability exists. Your conveyancing solicitor can provide more details. Church of England properties in the local area include St Stephen & St Thomas.
Do I need a survey for our home purchase?
It is suggested that Shepherds Bush buyers arrange a property survey. There are many concerns that have a negative impact on a property, for example wet rot and flat roof leaks, and issues such as these are not likely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.
Would it be realistic to take care of DIY conveyancing on our own.
In theory, there is no reason at all why a home seller should not handle the legal process unaided. However, a solicitor in Shepherds Bush is familiar with a large array of exercises including liaising with the insolvency office for k15 entries and interpreting management accounts some of which are more safely handled with appropriate experience. In addition solicitors practices are required to be in possession of the appropriate professional indemnity insurance to protect you in the event of any negligence made by the lawyer.
How long can the conveyancing process generally take? I am purchasing property in Shepherds Bush.
In general, the amount of time taken to transfer residential property does vary, influenced by a range of issues affecting the property, for example, if the property being bought or sold is leasehold. Our solicitors strive to ensure your transaction is handled quickly, and to the highest standard of service.