Conveyancing In Whiston Q & A's
The house being bought is on a former industrial site. Is the soil potentially contaminated by waste minerals like antimony?
Extensive measures are taken throughout the local area to clean up topsoil contamination. Environment search results will factor contaminants, including metals and others such as chlorinated solvents.
Are your house conveyancing solicitors able to 1 month completions on the legal conveyancing of auction properties in Whiston?
Indeed we deal with auctions throughout the UK and often do the legal conveyancing buyers and sellers at auction. It is a smart move bidders to get an affordable conveyancing lawyer as ahead of time as possible for a full review of the sellers pack well before the auction day.
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 can I buy the freehold of the building in which I’m purchasing a flat?
When you buy a leasehold flat (usually for a lease lasting a long time), it means that you don’t own the building or the land on which it is built. If you want to buy the freehold of the building (either yourself or with other flat-owners), you’ll need to meet a few legal criteria before that can happen (such as the number of flats, the purpose to which the majority of the building is put to, and the number of flat-owners willing to by the freehold).
One additional point to note is that the shorter the lease on any flat, the greater the price of the freehold is likely to be.
You should talk to other residents about your plan as well as finding out how much the freehold will be and getting a professional valuation. Once you are in a position to move ahead, you’ll need to appoint a solicitor to manage the legal aspect of the planned purchase.
Homeward Legal's solicitors are well-versed in dealing with all types of freehold and leasehold purchases. So call us now on 0800 038 6699 and we'll guide you through the process and assign you to one of the best solicitors.
Will we need a chancel search if I plan to purchase in the parish of York All Saints Peasholme?
Your Whiston conveyancing solicitor may suggest a chancel search, regardless of the parish where the home being bought is located. In older areas of Whiston, chancel repair dues can be collected on owners of a home where parish councils may have not done so in the past.