Is it easy to sell a house without using an estate agent?
It’s relatively straightforward to sell your own home without involving an estate agent, although you should be warned that it’s a time-consuming process (which is why agents set a certain fee to pay for their time in getting your home sold).
First you need to get a proper valuation of your home, which can be done by paying a chartered surveyor and registered valuer, or you can research the house prices in the area for similar properties to get an idea of how they are selling.
Once you are happy with the price, you can advertise the property (there are several free sites that allow you to do this). Legally, you’re required to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate for the property before putting it up for sale, so you’ll need to organize a registered energy assessor to create this for you. Then you can start arranging viewings and negotiate an agreed price with anyone who is interested.
We would recommend, however, that you sign up with an estate agent as they can do all the leg work for you. The key thing, though, is to understand their fees and rates before signing an agreement with them.
How much does our searches on average cost?
With a Homeward Legal conveyancing solicitor, Stamford Hill conveyancing clients are charged at a maximum £249 for conveyancing searches in Stamford Hill.
For fast conveyancing to buy a £676,000 home, what should we guarantee to speed up the conveyancing process?
Crucial to a faster move is to instruct a experienced lawyer. Ask these questions when identifying your conveyancer:
- Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication?
- Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?
- Will they order searches immediately?
Are Land Registry office copies fees or disbursements?
Unfortunately, some firms may attempt to pass off additional costs as disbursements. It may not be obvious whether a cost is a disbursement or not, and if it ought to be included. These costs are disbursements not fees, and is passed on to the buyer at cost.
Should we get a chancel search if we plan to buy in the parish of West Hackney?
Regardless of the Stamford Hill parish in which you are buying, the solicitor should confirm that a chancel search is ordered. Although some church councils have opted to charge chancel repairs on the current owners, it cannot be guaranteed that a parish which has not imposed liability will continue to be free from liability. In the event that chancel liability may apply, your solicitor might recommend insurance rather than pulling out of the purchase.
What type of due diligence in connection with the potential risk of a flood around Hackney will the conveyancer in Stamford Hill scrutinise?
An important step in the conveyancing procedure involves a solicitor making an application for environmental searches that offer details on the Stamford Hill flood risk area. Depending on the results, a Stamford Hill lawyer could advocate an inexpensive additional in-depth flood risk search. At the time of writing (05/01/13) publication on the Environment Agency don’t indicate any flood warnings in the Stamford Hill area.
Are the doctors/dentists/schools oversubscribed in the area I want to move to?
Although your conveyancing solicitor may have some personal knowledge of these critical factors, they are not part of the conveyancing process, so will not form part of the contract.
If aspects such as how likely you’ll get into a surgery or school are important to you, it is worth factoring this in at an early stage when you are researching the areas into which you want to move. You can also glean some facts from the estate agent representing properties where you want to move, too. You might also like to contact the surgeries or schools for further information.
Homeward Legal provides a personal conveyancing service at a competitive fixed fee protected by our 'No Completion, No Fee' promise. Get started now on 0800 038 6699 and talk to one of our team.