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Conveyancing in Aldershot Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/04/18

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Aldershot -

By road: Aldershot is served by the A31, A325 and A331.

By rail: The nearest train station is Aldershot.

By air: Aldershot is closest to TAG London Farnborough Airport (6 miles), Blackbushe Airport (9), London Heathrow Airport (24), Chichester Goodwood Airport (31), Wycombe Air Park, London Heliport and Redhill Aerodrome (all 36 miles), Northolt Jet Centre (38), Southampton and London Gatwick Airports (both 42 miles), and Elstree Aerodrome (48).

Hospital: Royal Surrey County, Egerton Road, Guildford, GU2 7XX. Council: Rushmoor Borough (www.rushmoor.gov.uk).

Attractions: Aldershot Military Museum, Manor Park, Aldershot Lido, Arlington Stadium, Army Medical Services Museum, and Church of St. Michael the Archangel.

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How early is it wise to instruct a conveyancer to act on our purchase in Aldershot?

Whether you are buying or selling, the sooner you instruct a conveyancing lawyer, the better. Some solicitors’ practices suggest delaying instruction until an offer has been firmly agreed, but doing so will put you at a disadvantage compared with better-prepared buyers, or if your buyer decides to pull out due to the delays incurred. There are several conveyancing tasks that can be started immediately, and if you appoint a solicitor offering a fixed conveyancing fee, it won’t affect the bill when they are appointed.

For the best and clearest quote, why not try Homeward Legal’s quote calculator? Or, if you want to talk to someone, you could call our expert team on 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote, backed up with our ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee.

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Should the home's form for fixtures and fittings list things such as chairs?

Generally speaking, there is no clear definition of 'fixtures and fittings', although as a rough guide, fixtures are items that are affixed to walls, ceilings and floors, while fittings are those things which are easier to move. The ‘fixtures and fittings’ form is regularly overlooked, making early agreement of the list of items included with the purchase so essential, in order to avoid incurring delays in completion.

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What are property searches?

Conveyancing searches are an accepted collection of queries performed in the interest of the purchaser. They are unable to address physical defects, which should be managed through ordering a building survey.

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Of the main Aldershot mortgage lenders, which firms are on your panel?

We have solicitors who have a lot of experience working with all the major lenders providing financing to Aldershot home-buyers. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include:

  • Effective Mortgage Solutions, 32 Hillside Road, Aldershot, GU11 3NB
  • Blue Water Financial Services, 102 Victoria Road, Aldershot, GU11 1JX
  • HSBC Bank, 15 Wellington Street, Aldershot, GU11 1DY
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How many weeks should it take our conveyancing solicitor to accomplish all of the legal formalities on the top floor of building we are intending to buy in Aldershot?

The legal process can take anywhere from as little as three weeks to as much as three months. The length of time the conveyancing takes can be hampered by various issues (e.g. the speed of the vendors’ lawyer, or the completeness of the management information). At Homeward Legal, our proactive property lawyers in Aldershot are highly focused on pushing transactions through with the goal of completing as quickly as achievable, without compromising on the quality of service.

Give our experts a call on 0800 038 6699 to receive your free, fixed-fee quote. Or try out our online quote calculator.

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I have read about the Met Office predicting more intense rainfall in the future, so will historical flood-searches be thorough enough for our Aldershot purchase?

Property conveyancing searches handled by a solicitor in Aldershot will include a more specialist Landmark flood-search if the risk highlighted in the historical data is deemed significant. If you remain worried, you could make enquiries with a local resident.

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The Aldershot residence being bought is on ex-industrial-use land, so is the topsoil likely to remain contaminated?

There are legislative rules imposed in order to limit the cause and effects soil contamination, managed by local and national government bodies. Environment search results during the conveyancing will factor in any contaminants, including metals and others (such as chlorine), and your solicitor will highlight any findings in the report on title.

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Your quote looks almost too good to be true for my move to Aldershot, so could my conveyancing bill incorporate any additional fees later on?

No. Absolutely not. Homeward Legal never hides any additional charges, unlike a number of other firms. Your quote for conveyancing in Aldershot is a single, accurate price, clearly laid out so you will always know what you are paying for and how much your final bill will be.

Why not give our waiting team a call on 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote?

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How early is it wise to instruct a conveyancer to act on our purchase?

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Whether buying or selling, the sooner you instruct a conveyancing firm, the better. Some groups suggest waiting before instruction until an offer has been firmly agreed, but doing so will put you at a disadvantage compared to better prepared buyers, or if your buyer decides to pull out due to delays.

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Do we need to make use of the property lawyer referred by the estate agent in Amersham?

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It is common for estate agents to suggest a conveyancing firm. Such referrals should be compared against alternatives, as the agent may prefer to suggest whichever firm pays the most per referral, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.

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Could my conveyancing charges incorporate any additional costs?

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No. We never hide any additional charges. Your quote for conveyancing in Aldershot is an single, accurate price.

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We are intending to buy a renovated investment flat within a conservation area. How do we find more data relating to the state of upkeep?

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English Heritage have created a list of the state of repair of conservation areas in Aldershot and throughout England. Local conservation areas are created by Rushmoor who police everything from the upkeep of public spaces to rundown streets.

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Is there anything I can do to bypass paying out for stamp duty?

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Stamp duty must be paid on residential property valued at over £125,000. Homeward Legal do not recommend any stamp duty reduction scheme, as such schemes are costly and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed meaning that the full stamp duty amount will then be due.

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Will your Aldershot conveyancing solicitor do any property conveyancing searches on the Hampshire Edwardian terraced house we are buying?

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The conventional procedure is to obtain Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search and Environment Search and, depending on certain criteria, area-specific searches, like a Development reports.

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The property seller has added unsuitable removal of chimney stacks on the house in Aldershot which might infringe conservation area criteria

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Your instructed conveyancing solicitor will carry out searches identify whether the property is inside a designated conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have the appropriate permission.