Location, Location, Location? More like Preparation, Preparation, Preparation…

Location, Location, Location? More like Preparation, Preparation, Preparation…

  “If you think employing a professional is expensive, try employing an amateur”   When it comes to employing a solicitor to handle your conveyancing, this phrase rings especially true. When you buy or sell your property, you want complete confidence in the professional that you employ. After all, for most people, buying a property is the single biggest investment that they will make. This is precisely why it is money well spent to employ a solicitor who may not necessarily be the cheapest. The right solicitor can be the difference between a smooth, trouble-free house move and a time-consuming, stressful one. Break down the costs When considering which firm to employ, make sure you receive a full breakdown of costs. If they state that there could be additional costs, make sure you are aware of what these could be. For example, handling “Help to Buy ISAs” or completing SDLT returns may incur additional legal fees. These fees could see your overall fee being not too much less than a quote from a ‘pricier’ solicitor. Anticipating the unexpected Remember, in any conveyancing transaction there may be unanticipated costs. For example, the cost of obtaining an indemnity policy or, in leasehold purchase transactions, the costs of sending the Notice of Transfer to the Management Company. Many of these unanticipated fees are charged by third parties. Your solicitor should be able to advise you more fully once they have received the contract paperwork. Top tip for time saving Consider instructing a solicitor before finding a buyer for your property or a property to purchase. There are a number of processes that...
Real Story – Escape to Oxfordshire

Real Story – Escape to Oxfordshire

Escaping from the stress and hustle of London is a common dream. This young family decided that it was time to unwind and struck out for South Oxfordshire. Here is their story, plus their sage advice for finding the right patch of dream countryside for you.   Living in London? My husband and I both grew up in the countryside and longed for city life as soon as we could possibly get there. After meeting at University in Bristol, we headed for the bright lights of London as soon as we graduated. We never looked back… until we had our first child at least! When life after London isn't happily ever after Five years into city life we were young parents-to-be. We were not yet on the property ladder so we took the plunge and moved to my hometown in Kent and rented a lovely house within walking distance of the busy commuter town Sevenoaks. We had a handful of friends there, a convenient commute for my husband to get to work and parents nearby for support. What could be better, you might say. Well, we went from two city-dwelling professionals to one sleep-deprived commuting professional and one young, overwhelmed first-time mother, whose friends were all trailblazing in the city at the start of their careers. The sudden change was quite the shock and certainly not the recipe for the ‘good life’ that we had imagined. We felt completely isolated and as if we had moved away from everything we enjoyed. Life back in London Back to London we went, after 18 months, managing to buy a small house and vowing never to leave our beloved London again! We...
Real Story – Dorset Diaries

Real Story – Dorset Diaries

Dorset Diaries' young couple, the spaniels and the horse have moved to Dorset, signing their London house away whilst on their honeymoon. Now they and their chickens are loving life in the country. We asked Jemma to take time out from egg gathering to tell us about the move.   A New Start Being a couple that has always yearned for more, we took a leap of faith in 2017, mere weeks after getting married, and moved to Dorset. We are what you would call an ‘outdoorsy’ couple. The husband is an avid angler, spending most weekends under a brolly or tucked away in a bush in pursuit of some ancient carp or another. On the other hand, I have always kept horses and find great enjoyment in training and working our two spaniels. You could say that a move to the country was always on the cards. We found ourselves no longer needing to live in ‘Commuter Belt’. Our careers had taken us in unexpected directions. We didn’t benefit from the easy commute into Town or from the extensive network of motorways that living in NW London brought. The things we had to compromise on in order to live close to Town just weren’t worth it anymore… The only benefit left became clear when our little 3 bed suburban semi was valued. A total ‘ca-ching’ moment!! In the 4 years we had lived there the little darling had doubled in value…admittedly we had put a small second storey extension on it but it was still returning a very tidy profit!! It opened the door for our ‘escape to...