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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Old Windsor

I am helping my sister sell her flat in Old Windsor. Does the conveyancer commission an energy assessment or do I organise this?

After the demise of Home Packs, energy performance certificates remained a compulsory component of selling a property. An energy assessment should be to hand before the property is placed on the market. It is not something that conveyancers ordinarily arrange. Where you are instructing a Old Windsor conveyancing lawyer they might help arrange energy assessments due to their relationships with long established Old Windsor providers

My wife and I purchasing a end of terrace house in Old Windsor. Our aim is to carry out a loft conversion at the property.Will the conveyancing process include checks to determine if these works are prohibited?

Your conveyancer should check the registered title as conveyancing in Old Windsor will occasionally reveal restrictions in the title deeds which prevent categories of changes or necessitated the permission of a 3rd party. Some additions require local authority planning consent and approval in compliance with building regulations. Certain areas are designated conservation areas and special planning restrictions apply which often prevent or impact extensions. It would be prudent to check these issues with a surveyor before you commit yourself to a purchase.

We have a mortgage agreed in principle with Barclays. Old Windsor conveyancing solicitors are instructed. What is the average time that one could expect to receive a mortgage offer from Barclays?

There is no definitive answer here. Have Barclays conducted the valuation? Have you advised Barclays as to your lawyers' details and checked that your lawyers are on the Barclays conveyancing panel? Sometimes it can take as long as six weeks for a mortgage offer to be issued.

2 months have gone by since my purchase conveyancing in Old Windsor completed. I have checked the Land Registry site which shows that I paid £175,000 when infact I paid £215,000. Why the discrepancy?

The price paid figure is taken from the application to register the purchase. It is the figure included in the Transfer (the legal deed which transfers the residence from one person to the other) and referred to as the 'consideration' or purchase price. You can report an error in the price paid figure using the LR online form. In most cases errors result from typos so at first glance the figure. Do report it so they can double check and advise.

How does conveyancing in Old Windsor differ for new build properties?

Most buyers of new build property in Old Windsor contact us having been asked by the seller to exchange contracts and commit to the purchase even before the property is constructed. This is because house builders in Old Windsor tend to purchase the site, plan the estate and want to get the plots sold off as they are building the properties. Buyers, therefore, will have to exchange contracts without actually seeing the house they are buying. To reduce the chances of losing the property, buyers should instruct property lawyers as soon as the property is reserved and mortgage applications should be submitted quickly. Due to the fact that it could be several months and even years between exchange of contracts and completion, the mortgage offer may need to be extended. It would be wise to use a lawyer who specialises in new build conveyancing especially if they are used to new build conveyancing in Old Windsor or who has acted in the same development.

Should I use a Old Windsor conveyancing lawyer in close proximity to the house I am hoping to buy? We have a good friend who can handle the conveyancing but her office is 300miles away.

The primary upside of using a local Old Windsor conveyancing practice is that you can attend the office to execute documents, deliver your identification documents and pester them if necessary. Having local Old Windsor know how is a benefit. That being said nothing is more important than finding someone that will do a good and efficient job. If you know people who instructed your friend and on the whole were happy that should trump using an unknown Old Windsor conveyancing lawyer just because they are local.

I'm buying a flat in Old Windsor. I can find my conveyancer's company on the Law Society's list, but I can't locate my conveyancer's name as listed on the regulator's website. Should I be concerned?

Not all staff in the law firm must be listed by the regulator. Provided there is a manager qualified to 'oversee' the transaction, the actual day-to-day activity can be conducted by unqualified staff.

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