I am planning on buying a 1930s building in one of the conservation area in Swanscombe, where does one locate more details about the standard of repair?
English Heritage, a government body, maintain a detailed list on the state of repair of conservation areas in Swanscombe and throughout England as well as the vulnerability to getting worse. Conservation areas in Swanscombe are nominated by the local authority (Dartford) who manage conservation area concerns from public spaces to the avoidance of poorly maintained pavements.
When in the process is it appropriate to instruct a conveyancer?
The short answer is, the earlier, the better. Some sources suggest holding off instruction until an offer has been firmly agreed, but opting to delay can jeopardise your sale or purchase.
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.
We are on a very small budget , Can doing DIY conveyancing without a conveyancing solicitor in Swanscombe save any money?
Technically, there is no argument at all why you cannot conduct legal process yourself. In reality however, a property lawyer typically handles a huge number of exercises e.g. chasing completion statements and handling retentions which need a qualified solicitor. Additionally solicitors firms are liable to be required to get insurance to protect you in the event of carelessness made by the lawyer.
Regarding the major flooding in the UK in April 2012 we are wondering whether flood risk searches may not be detailed enough?
Environmental searches conducted by the property lawyer in Swanscombe should also include the far more rigorous flood search if required.
If you are worried you could attempt to contact a close neighbour.
What are the benefits of an online solicitor against a high street firm?
Many commentators and bloggers have suggested that you get so much more from online conveyancers because they have access to state-of-the-art applications to manage their cases and use the latest communication technology.
However, there is nothing stopping high street conveyancing firms from adopting such technology. And they will have a wealth of experience and knowledge of the local area that they can bring to bear on your transaction.
It all comes down to what they offer and how they go about their business. You should get a selection of quotes and read through the terms and conditions in detail to understand the comparisons between what they offer and how much they are going to charge you for the service.
If you choose Homeward Legal, you not only get an experienced proactive solicitor but also access to the latest technology and local knowledge. Call us now on 0800 038 6699 to find out more.