At what point should you instruct a conveyancing solicitor to handle our sale?
With a firm offering a 'no move, no fee' conveyancing quote, earlier is preferable. Early instruction of a firm for a sale enables prior to marketing the property, documents can be prepared to make it potentially more attractive to motivated buyers, whereas if you are buying your offer may be taken more seriously if you already have a solicitor instructed.
How is SDLT assessed in Wick, and how much do we need to budget for a £480000 home?
Stamp Duty is based on several factors, most importantly the purchase price. Stamp duty will be £14400 on a £480000 property (accurate March 2013).
Is there anything I can do to get out of paying stamp duty?
Stamp duty mitigation is not recommended. Such schemes are expensive and very risky.
If I plan to buy in the parish of Llanilid with Llanharan, do we need a chancel search?
The conveyancing lawyer should confirm that a chancel search is taken out, whichever parish where the home being bought is found. Chancel repair dues can be collected on owners of a home where church councils have previously chosen not to do so, so it can be difficult to use this as a guide.
How do I determine more information the status of Wick conservation areas?
Conservation area concerns such as public spaces, removal of existing windows or plastic box signs etc. are regulated by Vale of Glamorgan.
English Heritage, a government body, now maintain a detailed list about the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas along with the risk of deterioration.
What can contaminate land in Wick. Are they a problem?
A range of contaminants caused by natural causes may reduce the value of property, and an environmental search should clarify to what extent a specific residence is impacted by contaminants in the area like coal mining and pollution incidents.
We are buying in Wick. Can we check if the property is in a conservation area?
Conservation areas characterise neighbourhoods registered as being of historic or architectural significance. The advantages of these restrictions will include protection for parks and green spaces, but they create additional maintenance and repair responsibilities. Your conveyancing lawyer will provide more details.