When property a property it is important to find out as much background information as possible about your chosen property. Conveyancing searches are carried out, instructed by your solicitor, to be able to provide you with this information.
LLC1 ResultsLLC1 Results tell you about controls and conservation orders in the area surrounding your property. These will tell you if your property is a listed building, is in a conservation area, is situated in a tree preservation area and other controls such as smoke.
CON29 ResultsCon29 Results will flag issues including planning permission applications relevant to the property, enforcement actions, building regualtions, any restrictions on future development, nearby road schemes, and contaminated land. If your property is affected by an approved future development, you will also be told whether you are due compensation as a result. Get a Quote
Title SearchesTitle searches are an essential part of the conveyancing process which is one of the most important property searches and are, essentially, to prove the seller is the legal owner of the property and, therefore, has the right to sell it. Checks are made on the title register and title plan to tell you who previously owned the property, the previous purchase price, any rights of way over the property, any debts registered to the property. You will also be shown the property boundaries on a map, as well as the property location.
Water & Drainage searchesThis is another essential search which tells you how your water supply gets to your property and how waste water and sewage are taken away. Knowing where these pipes are positioned is important information for future reference if, for example, you wanted to build an extension. A drainage search is also important so you know what length of drainage is your responsibility and what is the responsibility of the water board as drainage issues can be costly to fix.
Environmental SearchesEnvironmental searches can provide extremely useful information about the property you are looking to buy. They typically check for contaminated land and whether the property is build near a landfill or waste management site but also provide information on possible flooding, landslip or subsidence issues the property may be in danger of. Get a Quote
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How long do Conveyancing Searches Take?The length of time for a search to be complete depends on the type of search being undertaken. Water and drainage and environmental searches, for example can take as little as 10 days, however, local authority searches can take significantly longer. The length of time for local authority searches to be complete also varies from one local authority to another. If this information is important to you it would be worth asking your solicitor, in their experience, how long do these searches take. Get a Quote