One of the key jobs a conveyancer will carry out is to conduct searches to reveal anything which might impact on the property you are proposing to buy.
These will include
- local authorities searches. This will ensure there are no planning permissions which might affect your property. This could include the building of a large new development.
- water, drainage and environmental searches. These will ensure there are no adverse flooding, sewer or drainage issues which affect your property
- in some locations a coal and mining search will ensure your property is not affected by mining
- a Chancel search to make sure you will not be liable for repairs to a nearby church (this can be a real issue for some properties but can be protected against with Chancel insurance).
The conveyancer will also advise on
- any other costs which you will incur such as stamp duty
- the contracts drafted by the seller’s conveyancer. These contain key parts of your house purchase including property boundaries as well as the sales price
- information required by your mortgage lender
At or shortly after completion of the house purchase, the conveyancer will also
- pay fees due on your behalf (with money you have transferred to the conveyancer’s client account) and
- register you as the new owners of the property with the Land Registry.
Form a good relationship with your conveyancer and agree how and how often you will be updated on progress