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    • Lamy
    • By Lamy 15th Jun 17, 8:43 PM
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    • 15th Jun 17, 8:43 PM
    Personal searches 15th Jun 17 at 8:43 PM
    Has anyone ever done these instead of the normal searches? And would you recommend then, not recommend them?
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    • G_M
    • By G_M 16th Jun 17, 1:05 PM
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    Yes I have.

    I'd recommend them in the right circumstances, but not in the wrong circumstances.
    • ReadingTim
    • By ReadingTim 16th Jun 17, 1:07 PM
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    • 16th Jun 17, 1:07 PM
    I'd recommend against having them done at the airport.
    • AlexMac
    • By AlexMac 16th Jun 17, 2:23 PM
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    • 16th Jun 17, 2:23 PM
    Depends if I'm buying or letting out-

    When buying; I adopt the "why keep a dog and bask yesself" principle and I let the solicitor commission the local authority search, flood/drainage/water search, and, if I need one, the Environmental one (sometimes I've skipped the Environmental search if buying cash and if know the area as it seems to be lenders who like these).

    And I rarely ask for a "Plansearch Plus" check as I don't care about Oftsted ratings and can work the Council website myself. And I'm so hacked off by the old Chancel Check scam that I now tell 'em not to bother as I am confident that "God Will Verily Protect me" even though I am a blasphemer.

    But prior to any purchase offer I do my own informal searches;

    - I visit the area at different times of the week or day to ensure its not like "Assault on Precinct 13" nor over-run by yummies,
    - if leasehold, I quiz the agent as far as they have the info on service-charges and maintenence and who the freeholder is so that...
    - I can google 'em or even ring em to determine if they are carp exploiters or in case they have had action taken against them by unhappy leaseholders or RTM-ers..

    And when letting my 2 little BTLs I sometimes use an EA to reference -check prospects, but I have taken up bank or employer references myself with the punter's authority (thus saving me and them a bomb).

    I also look 'em (the prospective tenants) in the eye, but stop short of a strip search!

    What personal searches are you thinking of performing? And does it involve latex gloves?
    Last edited by AlexMac; 16-06-2017 at 2:25 PM. Reason: I only just thought of the last smart455 comment
    • G_M
    • By G_M 16th Jun 17, 3:21 PM
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    • 16th Jun 17, 3:21 PM
    I'd recommend against having them done at the airport.
    Originally posted by ReadingTim
    See my earlier reply. Depends how you get your kicks!
    • Lamy
    • By Lamy 16th Jun 17, 11:00 PM
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    • 16th Jun 17, 11:00 PM
    Thanks for the dubious humour...
    http://www.actlegal.co.uk/faq/buying-house-faqs/6/
    I've decided against it and am going to ask my solicitor to do the standard LA searches
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