Conveyancing In Woodford Bridge Q & A's
Are there many conservation areas in the area?
With over eight thousand areas of conservation in England, the neighbourhoods near or within Woodford Bridge will include a number of areas of architectural merit recognised as protected. The advantages of these restrictions will include security that the surroundings are unlikely to change, but they may impose liability on a buyer for unauthorised alterations made by previous owners. Your conveyancing solicitor will advise further.
What factors will affect land in Woodford Bridge, and should they be a problem?
Residential property would be contaminated by a range of factors caused by man and by nature, like proximity to waste sites. An environmental search will offer more detail.
Can I change the purpose of use for a purchase as part of the conveyancing procedure?
Putting in a planning request to change the use of part or all of a property is a straightforward process and you can deal directly with the local authority, which authorises plans and requests. However, tying it in with a planned purchase of a property has its own problems, since you don’t yet formally own the property, and the length of time to get through the planning process (with no guarantee of success) will need to be factored into the purchase duration, which the seller may not agree to.
We would advise you to either buy the property and then put in the planning request after completion (or exchange at the very earliest), or buy a property that’s already fit for your purposes. Or you might be lucky to find a property that already has the relevant planning consents in place.
Having heard about the fact that last year was second wettest year since on record I am concerned that conveyancing and environmental searches won't be sufficient?
A Woodford Bridge lawyer will recommend that you apply for environmental searches if the standard conveyancing searches flag up a significant risk Woodford Bridge area flood risk
For more area background perhaps you could converse with a local resident.
For the purchase, my mortgage lender, we have chosen Northern Rock, what do we need to be aware of?
Some lenders have limited the number of solicitors who can act for them. Homeward Legal, however, can act for all major lenders, ensuring that an additional solicitor will not be required to act for your lender.
Could my legal charges introduce any extra charges?
Homeward Legal never hide any hidden extra charges.
Does my Woodford Bridge conveyancing solicitor order any conveyancing searches on the Essex Edwardian semi-detached property I want to buy?
The normal legal protocol is to get these searches - Local Authority (council), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environmental and occasionally area-specific searches, like a Utilities report.