Your solicitor will:
- carry out searches in the property and personal registers to ensure there is nothing preventing the seller from selling the property
- check with the local authority to see if there are any planning issues affecting the value of your property and whether any roads next to the property have been adopted by the local authority.
Most solicitors request payment for their work after completion but you might have to pay a deposit, or pay for searches upfront.
If the sale doesn’t go ahead, but you paid for the search upfront, then you’ll have wasted your money, so it’s worth carefully considering this in advance.
You can also instruct your solicitor to carry out the search once the offer has been accepted, but this will need to be agreed with the seller as a condition of the sale going ahead.
As a result, the seller might be reluctant to agree to this as the findings might give you a reason to ask the seller to lower their price, or even back out from the sale altogether. Typical cost: £250-£300.