The property in Southwold being bought is on a ex-industrial site. Is cadmium soil contamination likely?
There are laws in place to limit soil contamination. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including radioactive waste.
Is a building survey necessary when purchasing a property in Southwold?
It is strongly recommended that most purchasers book a property survey. A range concerns can affect a property, including settlement or blocked drains. These will not be reported on by a solicitor.
We need to complete this purchase as soon as possible, how can we aim for a fast conveyancing process in Southwold?
As is often reported, contacting a proactive conveyancer is crucial to a fast conveyancing transaction. Consider the following when selecting:
- Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?
- Which communication methods do they use? Days can be wasted waiting for letters in the post which could be emailed or faxed.
- How soon will they order searches?
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.
What type of conveyancing searches in connection with the risk and history of flooding to properties in Suffolk will a Southwold lawyer be able to conduct?
An experienced conveyancing solicitor will conduct property environmental searches, which include Southwold area flood risk data. An inexpensive (around twenty pounds) and more thorough Suffolk database search (most likely a Landmark Database search) will typically be suggested by a qualified lawyer in Southwold if the results of the initial searches indicate a flood risk.
Should we instruct the solicitor referred by my estate agent?
Many estate agents have referral deals with solicitors where they refer conveyancing clients to them. These referrals should be thoroughly considered, as there is a risk that an agent may choose the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.
Do I need to get a chancel search? I am purchasing a Southwold home close by a rectory built in the 16th Century.
There are thousands of ecclesiastical parishes in the UK. Owners of property within some of these may be required to subsidise the repair of a local church. As a consequence of a recent Act, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search. Southwold church properties include St Edmund, King & Martyr.
I am intending to buy in Southwold. How can we check if the house is in a conservation area?
Conservation areas define neighbourhoods of architectural or historic interest. The local council will be able to advise further about local conservation areas, and the conveyancing lawyer handling your purchase address the impact buying in a conservation area may have.