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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find a few of the most commonly asked questions around conveyancing property searches, if however your questions are not answered in this section do not hesitate to get in touch and we’ll be happy to help you.

How much do property searches cost?

At Searches UK we provide competitive prices to our clients and put affordable packs and bundles together based on the needs of our clients. Read more…

 

How long do property searches take?

Property searches from Groundsure, Landmark, Terrafirma Mine Searches and Future Climate Info will have a standard turnaround time in most instances depending on the type of search that’s ordered. Read more…

 

How quickly can I get my searches back?

We will do our best to accommodate your needs, especially if your client is close to exchange, however there is no set timeframes to how quickly these come back due to the number of variables that are out of our hands, such as the turnaround times at the council for local authority searches. Read more…

 

What’s the difference between a regulated (personal) and council (official) local authority search?

A regulated (personal) local authority search is carried out by a specialist, local search agent on behalf of Searches UK. We have a fixed fee for these searches and they incorporate a number of benefits, including our £2 million information accuracy insurance in addition to our £2 million PI cover. Read more…

 

Do the councils offer any expedition?

Most councils offer expedition on local land or building regulation information but not all of them, and during busy periods this service may be revoked by the council. Read more…

 

What is the difference between a personal and official drainage & water search?

Personal drainage and water searches are carried out by an agent on behalf of Searches UK and they are more cost effective than an official drainage and water search which is carried out by the water authority. Read more…

 

What is the difference between a private and official coal mining search?

The information obtained through a private and official coal mining search will be the same, the main difference is that a private coal mining search is carried out by an agent of Searches UK and is cheaper than an official coal mining search which is carried out at The Coal Mining Authority. Read more…

 

What is the difference between a residential and commercial search?

The main difference is usually the size of property or land that is covered in the search, as well as the type of use. Read more…

 

What is the difference between a Groundsure Homescreen and Homebuyers search?

The main difference between these reports from Groundsure is that a Homebuyers report includes a full flood search, whilst the Homescreen search will only provide a flood risk assessment. Read more…

 

Are flood risk assessments included in your environmental searches from Groundsure and Landmark?

Yes all our environmental reports include a flood risk assessment which identifies if there is a risk to the property, however if more information is required we would recommend adding a full flood risk search to your order. Read more…

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