It can be confusing when most conveyancing lawyers or firms quote fix fees but then has a disclaimer that searches have to be paid in addition your conveyancing legal fees.
One of the reasons for this is because the costs of the searches for each property varies. The property searches are obtained from bodies such as Councils and Water Authorities. The costs for searches from the Newcastle Office varies to the cost of searches from the Lake Macquarie Council. The costs of the searches are not set by the conveyancing firm acting for you but by the bodies that they obtain the searches from.
Property Searches for Purchasers
There are numerous property searches that you can make. You are not legally required to make all of these searches.
There are however some searches which you will have to make in order for settlement to take place. These searches include what water rates and what land rates are owing for the periods you are moving into the new property will be adjusted between the vendor and the purchaser.
It is highly recommended that you order an up to date section 149 (2) & (5) certificate from the council. This certificate will tell you if the land is bushfire prone, flood prone, affected by road proposals, tree disputes and if you can operate a home business.
An estimate of the costs of property searches in addition to your conveyancing fees of $990, if a property is in the Newcastle area as at July 2016 are:
|Section 149 (2) & (5)||$183.60|
|Section 47 Hunter Water||$25.22|
|Section 603 Newcastle Council Land Rates||$117.08|
Town Houses and Apartments
If you are purchasing or selling a strata property such as townhouse or apartment there are additional property searched for strata properties. The searches will contain information about any proposed works to be carried out in the strata complex and the funds in the bank account of the strata property. It will also show you if the vendor has any strata fees owing.
Property searches for Vendors
An estimate of the costs of property searches in addition to your conveyancing fees of $990 if a property is in the Newcastle area as at July 2016 are:
|Land Tax Certificate for Vendors (requirement since July 2016)||$32.25|
|Section 149 (5)||$82.73|
|Water Mains Diagram||$28.24|
In addition, you will need to orders the dealings that are registered over the title. Once we order a title search we can ascertain if there are any dealing and if so will be able to advise you on the costs of the dealings. Dealings are covenants that are registered over the title. For example, in new estates strict building covenants apply.
Properties with Pools
If you are selling a property that has a pool you will also be required to provide a pool clearance certificate with the contract. The costs will involve an inspector going to your property to investigate if the pool is complaint. There are numerous companies that offer this service. If you are not able to find one, then we can provide to you some names of companies.