When you buy a property your conveyancing solicitor will often recommend that certain searches are carried out. While these searches add to the overall expense of buying, they are a useful tool for discovering potential issues with a property. One such search is known as a local authority search, and will reveal a lot of important information about a property.The first thing revealed in a local search is whether all the required planning permissions for the property have been obtained. If your seller has altered or maybe even built a property without planning, then it is possible for the local authority to require the alterations be removed or the building demolished. This could dramatically reduce the value of the house, and require a large outlay to put right.The next item revealed is whether the roads near the property are maintained by the local authority. If they are not then you may have to contribute towards future maintenance. This is something you would then have to budget for, on an ongoing basis.A further item the search reveals is whether any new roads or railways are proposed within 200 metres of the property. This is especially important if you are planning to buy in what you thought was a quiet area. If you proceed, but find a major highway is about to be built, you may not get the peaceful property you thought you were buying.Any proposed traffic scheme comes next on the local search. This may reveal a potential one way street that is planned. Again if you buy a property and are unaware of this proposal, your planned use of the property could be restricted.Public access over the land is the last item, and is vitally important. It would no doubt be highly troubling if you bought a property, only to find that there is a public footpath at the bottom of your garden. This could ruin entirely your private enjoyment of your property.The golden rule of purchasing property is buyer beware. All of the above factors are a matter of public record and therefore it is possible for you to search them. If you could have searched the registers but chose not to, then it is you who will have to deal with the consequences.The result may be financially disadvantageous to you, or your enjoyment of the property may be seriously hampered. Therefore it is always advisable for you to undertake a local search, which will allow you to make a fully informed choice about proceeding with your purchase.