What searches will be done and why?

If you are having a mortgage you will have no choice as it will be a term of your mortgage offer that you have the searches done. If you are a cash purchaser it is your choice but we always advise that you have them. Usual searches are a local search – this will tell us such things as is the road adopted; whether there are any planning applications relating to the property (although not the surrounding area); drainage search – this will show us such things as whether the property is legally connected to mains drainage and whether the sewer pipe runs though the garden; Environmental search this will tell us such things as are there landfill sites within the vicinity of the property. Less common searches are commons registration search – is any of the land registered as common ground, mining searches.