The seller’s solicitor will send us a draft contract, which we will check and amend as necessary. They should also send us a fittings and contents form and a property information form containing various details about the property.
We will carefully inspect the title of the property. The title will take the form of copies of the title deeds if the property is unregistered, or copies of the Land Registry entries if the property is registered. Over 90% of properties in England and Wales are now registered at the Land Registry, however, in the Matlock area, we do see a lot of unregistered properties. We look out for anything which could affect you at the property, for example, any easements (rights of way) or restrictive covenants. If the property is leasehold, then we will inspect the lease and any arrangements for maintenance of services at the property. We will report anything of concern to you.
We will then raise any enquiries that we have regarding the results of our searches and the contents of the forms.