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Conveyancing FAQs

What is conveyancing?

This is a legal process that is used to transfer the ownership of a property from the owner (the seller) to the buyer. The person who does the legal work involved with a conveyance is called a conveyancer or a conveyancing solicitor. They work on behalf of the buyer or seller, taking care of all the contracts and documents involved in the process.

The conveyance process begins once an offer has been accepted on a property, and only ends after the legal documents have been exchanged, the seller receives the final funds and the buyer receives the keys.

How do I find a conveyancer?

To find a conveyancer, you can try asking for recommendations from family and friend, as well as do an online comparison of conveyancers. You’ll want to make sure the conveyancer is experienced and knowledgeable, as well as regulated the LSNI, LSS, SRA or CLC.

While you may be tempted by conveyancers who offer low prices for their services, these are not always the best choice. In addition, look for a conveyancer that offer a “fixed-fee” service, which means they will work with you to pre-arrange a fixed price for the work. One more point to watch for—be sure the conveyancer offers a “no sale, no fee” service. This way, you won’t be charged for legal fees if the sale doesn’t go through.

How much does conveyancing cost?

The conveyancing fees vary and depend on the conveyancer you decide to use, and the price of the property that’s being bought or sold.

On average, conveyancing services for buying a home run about £1,040, while the average price for selling a hoe is £1,000.

In addition, you’ll need to be aware that there are also legal fees that need to be paid; these average about £234,370 in the UK on average for a house, and include 20% VAT.

What are conveyancing searches?

Conveyancing searches are done by the conveyancer and are done to learn about the property you’re interested in buying. The search is done by enquiring with different local authorities, and include water, property, and environmental searches.

These searches are done on behalf of the mortgage lender, to ensure them the property won’t lose its value. You’ll also learn more information about the area, the property and use the information to choose to move forward or not with the purchase.

How long does conveyancing take?

This service can take anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks. But the timeframe varies, depending on whether or not you’re part of a property chain, and if you’re buying and selling, or buying or selling. Conveyance services for selling a house take less time than when buying.

Because conveyancing can take a long time, it’s important to have your conveyancer begin the process as soon as your offer’s been accepted, or you have accepted an offer from the buyer.

Surveying FAQs

What is a property survey?

This is a type of inspection, usually of a house or other type of property, that looks for any issues with the property. Surveys are conducted by a professional chartered surveyor who will examine the property. After the inspection, they will create a report that details any issues or structural damage to the building.

Property surveys are an important part of buying a house, for they can save you money and ensure you know of any issues or repairs that are needed. You’ll know, when you buy the property, that everything is in good shape with the house, and if it’s a good investment. And if the home’s price needs to renegotiated, the survey will provide the proof, which could lower the price of the property, saving you money.

What survey do I need?

The type of survey you need depends on the property you’re looking to buy:

  • Condition Report: this is a basic level survey that is used for new properties or those that are under 5 years old.
  • Homebuyer’s Survey: these are best for properties that are in good shape and over 50 years old.
  • Building Survey: is a more in-depth report and is best for properties over 50 years old, or those that may have unusual construction.
How much does a survey cost?

A property survey may cost between £160 to £2,500. The cost depends on the type of survey, as well as the size and location of the property.

If you have a specific type of survey in mind, here are some average costs for an individual survey for an average home in the UK:

  • Mortgage Valuation: £320
  • Condition Report: £380
  • Homebuyer’s Survey: £500
  • Building Survey: £800
What is a building or full structural survey?

This type of survey is done for buildings that are over 50 years old or that may that have been built with unusual construction methods. This type of survey is an in-depth inspection of the property, which check the entire structure of the building.

The building survey reports on the condition of the property and includes an expert’s advice on how any issues should be addressed. Not only does the report outline issues that are found, but also addresses the cause, urgency and how much the repairs will cost.

What is a homebuyers survey?

Also known as a homebuyers report, this type of survey is typically used on properties that are over newer than 50 years old and don’t have major risks associated with them. This report is more in-depth than a mortgage valuation and will look for any major problems with the property and includes an internal and external examination.

When the inspection is completed, the surveyor will create an in-depth report on the findings, along with any issues, what repairs are needed, the cost of repairs.

What is a chartered surveyor?

This is a highly trained, experienced house surveyor who offers specialised knowledge on property issues. They are licensed to do property surveys.

You’ll want to make sure the individual you choose is a chartered surveyor. To do this, check to make sure they are licensed with a professional regulatory body such as The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Home Removal FAQs

Why hire a removal company?

Hiring a removal company can save you quite a bit of time and effort. You’ll also have a team working to pack and move your home, which can make the process even shorter. In addition, you’ll know that your belongings are protected by insurance the entire move. Make sure to hire a removal company that has excellent Goods in Transit and Public Liability insurance, to make sure your things are truly protected.

How much does a removal company cost?

On average, a home removal costs about £1,181, for a 3-bedroom home, and a moving distance of 50 miles. If packing services are included, this could cost an extra £250. And if you need disassembly and reassembly services for furnishings, then the additional cost is about £125.

Before hiring a removal service company, be sure to ask for a removal quote. The quote will depend on various factors including the size of your home, the distance of the move, and the services you’ll need, along with the company’s removal prices.

What other services do removal companies offer?

Removal companies not only help with moving your things, but they can also help with packing/unpacking and disassembly and reassembly, storage services, and more. It’s a good idea to ask what services the removal company offers, as they don’t all offer the same types of services.

Questions to ask your removal company

Never hesitate to ask your removal company questions before the move. This way, you’ll know exactly what to expect during the moving process, as well as learning about any special requirements that may need to be addressed. Most reputable removal companies are happy to answer your questions, because they understand this gives you peace of mind and helps you to get ready for the move.

Ask your removal company these questions:

  • Will they conduct a home removal survey? If so, then when?
  • Are they fully insured?
  • Do they provide other services? If so, how much are these extra services?

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