Conveyancing In Westhoughton Q & A's
The owner looks to have fitted satellite dishes on the maisonette in Westhoughton which I think might break nearby conservation area guidelines
A property solicitor will always find out whether the property is within a conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have the appropriate consent from the Bolton authority. In the absence of any the necessary permissions the solicitor will advise you of all options, which include getting from Bolton local authority or seeking cover from an indemnity policy.
Our estate agent has put forward the property solicitor. Must we use this firm?
It is not uncommon for estate agents to suggest a solicitor. However, if the agent is paid a fee by the solicitor, an agent may choose the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.
Does 'fixtures and fittings' include things like sofas?
Generally speaking, fixtures are fixed to the property and fixtures are easier to detach or remove. A fixtures and fittings form can avoid any disputes, stating what is included with the sale.
I’ve lost my gas/electrical certificates; will that stop me moving?
There is no legal imperative for you to provide either the gas or electrical safety certificates as the seller; you are required to provide a gas safety certificate on an annual basis, however, if you are planning on letting the property out. The Institution of Electrical Engineers recommends that an electrical certificate be updated at least every ten years or when the property is transferred to a new owner (every 5 years if you are letting the property out).
However, this usually means that this is the responsibility of the buyer with the onus on organising an inspection for a new certificate falling on them.
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What are Westhoughton's 'conveyancing searches'?
These searches are an accepted collection of enquiries ordered by your conveyancer, such as a mining search. These searches provide much needed information, however they only relate to legal-related matters.
How many weeks may conveyancing require, on average?
The length of time required to transfer a house may vary, based on numerous considerations which can include if third parties fail to promptly answer queries. 8 to 12 weeks is the average for many firms, we however will, wherever feasible, work towards a six-week timescale.