Property Searches

The Property Search Experts For You

When buying a property it is important to ensure that all of the relevant searches are carried out prior to purchase so that any important issues that may affect the value or security of your property may be identified.

Why Are Property Searches Needed?

Certain areas require specific searches depending on the location of the property. For example, in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire there are several searches that must be done, including mining and Cheshire Brine reports – due to the industrial history in the area which has caused damage to some properties.

There are a number of different searches that your solicitor can carry out, and they may well uncover potentially costly issues which you might otherwise have been unaware of.

Those issues might be as simple as making you aware of protected trees in the garden, a flooding risk or the fact that a developer has plans to build 90 new homes on the land behind the property.

Your mortgage provider (if applicable) will want to ensure that their interest in the property is protected and will require searches to be carried out. These searches are listed as “Search Pack” and will appear in your legal fees breakdown.

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    What Property Searches Do We Provide?

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    The Tinsdills Property Buying & Selling team will be able to explain each of the searches in more detail for you; below is a summary of the searches we provide to our clients when purchasing a property:

    Land Registry

    The Land Registry maintains the registers of ‘title’ to freehold and leasehold land in England and Wales, in other words who owns or leases land or property. Registering your property is the best way to safeguard its ownership – we can make an application for registration of your property’s title to the land registry on your behalf. If you have any issues with your title deeds we can make the necessary application to the Land Registry to resolve them, even if your deeds have been lost.

    Local Searches

    These searches are not physical surveys of the property, but instead based on data available. Local searches will be used to identify for example footpaths adjoining the property are publicly maintained or if there are plans for a new road bypass in the immediate vicinity of the property. There may be outstanding planning applications on the property or it could be situated in a conservation area.

    Drainage Search

    Drainage Searches will help define if there is suitable drainage at the property and also potentially where the major pipes for that drainage are situated on the property.

    Mining Search

    Mining searches will advise you if the property is in a former coal mining area and the distance from the coal mines, as well as if there are any issues on emissions or other hazards linked with a historic mine.

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    Do you want advice on Property Searches? Or perhaps you are simply looking for more information on the necessary searches? We have all of that information and more.

    Contact us today and we will guide you through the entire process using our seasoned experts and years worth of knowledge in the area.

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    The Most Popular Questions For Property Searches

    The standard searches we carry out are a local authority search,
    drainage search and environmental search.

    In addition if the property is located within a previous coal mining area, a coal
    mining search is also carried out. Similarly if the property is
    situated within an area that is at a particular risk your solicitor will
    advise if further searches are required.

    We also offer additional searches (as listed in client care letter).

    This depends upon the area within which the property is situated.
    The standard searches listed above generally cost in the region of

    Search results will alert you to any potential issues with the
    property. The reason searches are carried out is to identify any
    adverse issues which may affect the property, your occupation or
    the lenders security before you commit to buying. If you are
    having mortgage funding your lender will insist that searches are
    carried out.