If I want to build an extension or do other works once I move in, can I get a builder to visit to give me a quote?
There is nothing stopping you trying to organise this, so long as you set a date and time that’s acceptable to the vendor (or via their estate agent if they are unable to be there) and try to establish how long the process will take, so that this can be booked in.
This becomes particularly critical following a surveyor’s inspection where remedial works are identified and recommended. You can use the quote from the builder as a renegotiation tool on the asking price, if the work required is going to be particularly costly. If you decide to go down this route, it must be done before exchange of contracts (where you’re committing to the sale price) and you should inform your solicitor if you’ve had private discussions and agreements with the vendor over price for inclusion in the terms of the contract.
Following recent news about the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since on record we are asking if flood searches may not be sufficient?
Property environmental searches conducted by the solicitor in Wickford should include a more specialist flood search if required.
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How long does it take to move house?
Those new to buying property are often surprised by how long the process can take from start to finish. There are several factors that come into play when determining how long your transaction will take from having your offer accepted to moving into your new home: The number of people involved in the chain (the shorter it is, the easier to manage and therefore shorter in duration potentially), problems with one or more buyers in the chain getting a mortgage offer, communication, management and many others.
The greatest time that needs to be set aside is for the conveyancing, which is the complex legal process of transferring ownership of the property from seller to buyer, replicated along the entire chain. Typically, the conveyancing can take an average of between eight and twelve weeks to complete, so, in reality, you should be thinking in terms of months.
However, if you appoint a results-focused and proactive solicitor, who will do everything possible to reduce the length of time, including talking to everyone involved in the chain, pushing for swift return of forms and documentation, and using modern technology to drive the process forward, you will stand a better chance of the conveyancing being a lot shorter. And the earlier you appoint them, the quicker they can get started on your transaction.
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I am buying a 1930s investment property in the middle of a Wickford conservation area, how do we find data in relation to the current state of repair of the conservation area?
Conservation areas in Wickford are designated by the local authority (Basildon) who manage everything from the upkeep of public spaces to the impediment of back illuminated signs. English Heritage administer information of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas in England along with the risk of getting worse.
If we are purchasing near Wickford, in the parish of Aldham, do we need a chancel search?
Your conveyancing lawyer is likely to recommend a chancel search, whichever parish where the home being bought is found. Although some Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have taken the decision to exact chancel repairs on new owners of affected property, there is no way to be certain that a parish where chancel repair fees have not been paid previously will not continue to be so. For property in the parish of Aldham, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.
What length of time does conveyancing take?
The time needed to sell or purchase a house is not wholly predictable, based on a number of legal considerations. Nationwide, the average is around ten weeks, whereas our solicitors aim for faster conveyancing, driving the transaction to complete within 6 to 8 weeks.