You have located your dream house and instructed your conveyancing solicitor to speed up the sale process. So that's it, right? Well, not quite. One of the responsibilities of your conveyancer is to inform you about the conveyancing searches that ought to be performed on the property. So what are conveyancing searches? These searches aim to disclose additional information about the property that isn't obvious or noticeable by the buyer on physical inspection. The issues highlighted could mean the difference between you purchasing the house or walking away from the sale. Searches aren't a formality, so overlook them at your risk.
Types of conveyancing searches
Local authority search
Local authority search entails a review of the registers maintained by the council authority. The first segment of the search reviews the Local Land Charges Register which discloses details regarding any enforcement notices or charges filed against the real estate. These may include tree preservation regulations, conservation area regulations and planning enforcement notifications. The second segment of the search discloses matters such as the actual property boundaries, rights of way, utility providers, building restrictions and road maintenance agreements.
Water and drainage search
This type of search reveals if the house is joined to the water main and sewerage, who the utility company is, as well as the actual location of the plumping pipes, drains and sewers in and around the house. Furthermore, the search will also reveal any drainage permissions in place as well as the risk of the water and drainage systems connected to the house being overloaded.
This type of conveyancing search reviews the past uses of the property or land in an attempt to ascertain whether such uses may have led to the contamination of the land. This search typically features plenty of information, but the most crucial element is the result, which is either failed or passed. A failed result means that the property or land has been utilized for an activity which resulted in its contamination, for example chemical works. On the other hand, a passed result indicates that the assessment did not find any proof of historical contaminative use. With this type of information about the history of the property or land, the buyer should decide whether the purchase is appropriate or not.
In summation, avoid assuming conveyancing searches as simply another wearisome expense in the home buying process. Consider it as a chance to learn more regarding your new property. So when you conveyancer tells you about the need to perform conveyancing searches, please cooperate fully.
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