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Dos and don’ts of residential conveyancing and moving houses

We all know that residential coveyancing and moving houses can be stressful, so why not save ourselves some energy by keeping in mind the following dos and don’ts-

Dos

Residential conveyancing

  1. Carry out searches against the property:Local authority search: This will reveal if there are any issued notices by the local authority or any approval applications made by the current owner, whether there are any complaints about the roads made by the local authority or any road schemes involved that would affect the house.
  2. Drainage and mining search: This would reveal all the important information about the sewerage system within the boundary of the house and whether there are any mining shafts near the property.
  3. Environmental search: This provides information regarding the area that surrounds the property such as whether there have been any incidents of environmental pollution or damage in the area caused by the local firms or industries.
  4. Inquire about the title of the property: Your solicitor must go through the title deeds meticulously to make sure the property belongs to the seller and determine the owner rights granted for the property.
  5. Stamp duty: Check whether there is a stamp duty (a tax levied on documents) involved and pay it off within thirty days of completion (making the full payment of the property).

Moving house

  1. Hire renowned professionals: If you’re willing to move houses, hire professionals with good reputation. Check out online ratings of a company that provides moving house services before hiring.
  2. Talk about fees beforehand: In case of hiring a company for moving house purposes, talk about the fees first. Some companies have fixed fee rates while others are willing to negotiate their fees.

Don’ts

Residential conveyancing

  1. Ignoring bleak clauses: Don’t accept break clauses in the papers which require absolute compliance with the owner’s contracts and involve “vacant possession” (the owner leaving and clearing out the property).
  2. Giving in to the myths regarding solicitors: There is a myth that you must hire a local conveyancing solicitor recommended by the estate agent. But because of this, often you have to pay too much money for a second rate service since the estate agent is generally concerned about the commission he will be receiving from the local authorities rather than providing you with an excellent service. The state laws these days have fixed fee rates for conveyancing solicitors which are there to save your hard earned from being wasted.
  3. Don’t delay: Whether it is the payment of mortgage loan or to simply put through an application to the Land registry- don’t leave anything to the last minute.

Moving house

  1. Not supervising: Try to supervise the workers while the furniture and other items are being packed and stored in the trailer. Make sure that at least one person is present to look over the workers to avoid any sort of misplacements.
  2. Not making complaints: If you have any complaints with the service the company is providing, you must let them know. Many companies give out forms to the customers to receive their feedbacks on the service provided- make sure your complaints reach their attention.

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