Over the course of the year, the spotlight will be on members of Girlings Solicitors’ team, their backgrounds, roles, and unique perspective, so you can get to know the people that are working hard for you.
Name: Louise Farrow
Office: Herne Bay
Job Title: Head of Residential Property – Herne Bay
1. What is your favourite activity to do locally and why?
I support as many as possible of the local events in Herne Bay organised by The Bay Promo Team - particularly the annual fancy dress zombie crawl and ball which raise funds for local charities.
2. Can you share 3 things about you that people might not know?
- I hold a Grade 8 music certificate as a flautist.
- At age 8, I won the local newspaper essay writing competition for “Herne Bay in Bloom” which included the introduction of hanging flower baskets on lampposts throughout the town.
- In light of my love of music, this year will be my 10th attendance of the Isle of Wight Music Festival albeit in civilised style staying in a plush mobile home.
3. What would be your top 3 tips to someone who is buying a new home:
- Buyers should try not to push themselves to their financial limit, so as to ensure they have reserve funds to cover unexpected costs or works that may be required to the property.
- Whilst a Buyer may have found their “dream home”, rose-tinted glasses should be removed and the property purchase viewed as a large financial investment, proceeding with care and caution.
- A full survey may seem expensive, but full knowledge of potential future works and their cost can be invaluable, whilst also affording redress against the Surveyor for any missed items.
4. What would be your top 3 tips to someone who is selling a home:
- Choose your Estate Agent carefully – online firms may offer a cheaper service but a local firm may be better suited to help throughout the transaction (e.g. obtaining quotations or reports where necessary).
- Find all certificates and paperwork relating to the property (e.g. boiler service reports, window installation certificates) as locating originals or obtaining duplicates can slow sale transactions and cause unnecessary delays.
- Check the Land Registry plan(s) shows the full extent of the property being sold - often Sellers forget that an additional piece of land has been bought (e.g. extra garden land) which causes major problems if overlooked when selling.
5. What do you always carry with you to work?
An optimistic outlook for a productive day.
Find out more about Louise here.
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