What do I get for my money from an estate agent?
A good estate agent will be able to bring their local knowledge into your transaction and reduce the amount of stress you might experience as part of the whole moving experience.
Although it might seem that agents do very little for their clients, they will help you set the sale price for your home by using their knowledge of similar properties, a large part will involve marketing your home by expressing it in its best light online and through fliers, phone calls and emails, etc., they will conduct viewings with ay interested potential buyers, manage the negotiations on the offers as they come in and, by law, they will also have to take all necessary steps to ensure the buyer is serious about entering into the contract to purchase the property when an offer is made.
However good you believe your chosen estate agent to be, you should take time to read through the terms and conditions thoroughly to understand what you’re paying them and what you’re going to get for your money.
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.
Which local authority is responsible for South Kensington?
South Kensington is located in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council, The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX, Tel: 020 7361 3000
What kind of local conveyancing searches about the potential risk of a flood to properties in Kensington And Chelsea will my conveyancing solicitor in South Kensington actually conduct?
An important part of the conveyancing protocol of buying a property involves your lawyer carrying out property environmental searches that go in detail on the subject of South Kensington historical flood risk. At the time of writing (26/02/13) publication on the Environment Agency website do not show any flood warnings in the South Kensington area.
Should we make use of the conveyancing referred by the agent?
Agent recommendations are a not uncommon route for buyers to find a solicitor. These referrals must be compared with other local solicitors, or better-value firms found online, as an agent may select the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the best value for you.
The internet has a number of very helpful books on the subject of do it yourself conveyancing for example Buying, Selling and Letting Property . That being the case, do I have to use conveyancer in South Kensington ?
It can certainly possible for you to complete the conveyancing on your own.
In reality however, a conveyancing solicitor typically handles a large number of activities including chasing deeds or apportioning service charges some of which require training. Nevertheless legal firms are required by the Law Society to pay for the applicable indemnity cover to shield you from any errors on the part of the solicitor.
Which of the South Kensington lender panels are you a member of?
Of lenders with offices in or near South Kensington, we alongside most. Lenders and mortgage specialists in South Kensington include Maida Vale, 44 Formosa St, London, W9 2JP, Price Anderson, 9 Mandeville Pl, London, W1U3AU, and Mayfair, Bryanston St, London, W1H 7AJ.
Where do I discover additional information the status of the conservation areas in South Kensington?
English Heritage now maintain a list of the condition of conservation areas in England along with the exposure to the area falling into disrepair. Local conservation areas, such as what can be developed, removal of existing windows or plastic box signs are administered by the local authority (Kensington and Chelsea).