October 11, 2012

You can’t beat local knowledge

While multi-national, bucket shop conveyancing solicitors may promise to save you a penny, you can’t beat local knowledge when it comes to buying and selling property.

Bath, like other cities, has its own, very particular issues – and your solicitor needs to know their way around them. Many of Bath’s Georgian buildings have been divided into flats and sold off on long leasehold interests. In the case of a ground floor flat, for example, this may include the vaults underneath as far as the centre of the adjoining road. A local solicitor who deals with these types of title deeds on a regular basis will know how to tackle this.

Rent charges and ground rents are also common features of the Bath market, but what are they and what is the difference? You will want to be clear about this from the start.

Given the number of listed buildings in Bath, the chances are that any work you want to do to the property will require permission. A local solicitor will be able to recommend the right surveyors to carry out an inspection, advise on the work you’re hoping to carry out, insurance implications and any other challenges so that you are properly informed before exchanging contracts.

Outside of Bath, larger properties often have agricultural, equestrian or commercial issues which require consideration, over and above the usual conveyancing. Firms, such as Withy King, offer all these services under one roof, saving time, money and emotional upheaval.

Whichever firm you choose to instruct to handle the legal side of your property purchase, the importance of local knowledge, contacts, expertise and track record cannot be over-emphasised.

For a no-obligation discussion of your conveyancing needs or any property-related enquiry, please contact Clive Weeks on 01225 730 257 or email [email protected]

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