A lender will carry out a basic survey but this does not deal with many structural issues or will not pick up issues such as damp. You may wish to get your own full independent survey which you have to pay for.
You will need to also consider the costs of transporting your goods to and/or from the property.
If you are buying with the aid of a mortgage we have to carry out certain searches. There are also other optional searches. We recommend you carry out searches however even if you are not buying with a mortgage. For more information go to our Searches & Other Enquiries page.
Stamp Duty Land Tax
This is a form of tax that is payable upon transfer of the property. The amounts payable are as follows:
|Price of Property being purchased||Percentage of Tax Charged|
|Under £125,000.00 (or £150,000.00 in disadvantaged areas)||0%|
|More than £125,000.00 and up to £250,000.00||1%|
|Over £250,000.00 and under £500,000.00||3%|
This is the fee for registering you as the new owner with the Land Registry. The fee is based upon the value of the property being purchased as follows:
|Value of Property Being purchased||Registration Fee|
|£50,001.00 – £80,000.00||£80.00|
|£80,001.00 – £100,000.00||£130.00|
|£100,001.00 – £200,000.00||£200.00|
|£200,001.00 – £500,000.00||£280.00|
Notice to Landlord
It is not possible to give an exact figure but we shall have to pay a fee to the Landlord when we give notice of the mortgage if there is one. Generally the fees for this would be between £40.00 and £80.00.
Administrative costs of the Developer
Occasionally there are administrative costs in connection with
the development which the Developer may wish to recover.Whilst not desirable this is normally impossible to resist. However the costs are not likely to be more than £150.00.
Legal Costs of Drawing up the Lease
The solicitors acting for the Developer will almost always make a charge for drawing up the Lease which has to be paid by the buyer of the property. This is normally between £58.75 and £117.50 including VAT.
Payment to the Developer in respect of Ground Rent and Service Charge
The Developer will normally ask for an on account payment in respect of Ground Rent and Service Charge to be paid upon completion. We shall normally get this figure just before completion and it will normally be a payment of between 3 and 6 months charges.