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Conveyancing in Aldershot Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/01/18

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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The Aldershot residence being bought is on a ex-industrial use land. Is the topsoil likely to remain contaminated?

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There are legislative rules imposed in order to limit soil contamination. Environment search results will factor contaminants, including metals and others such as chlorine.

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What type of checks in respect to the potential risk of floods in the Hampshire region will a Aldershot conveyancer be able to apply for?

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A critical step in the legal process involves your lawyer conducting conveyancing searches (environmental) that go in some details on the Aldershot flood risk area data. A more in-depth set of searches, such as the Homecheck search, will typically be proposed by your solicitor in Aldershot if the results of the environmental search show a flood risk.

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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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For what reason does Aldershot purchase conveyancing be so drawn out? Isn't it a simple matter of filing paperwork?

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Conveyancing could be exposed to significant delays even in the best of circumstances. The reasons can sometimes be out of a solicitor's hands, Homeward Legal, however, endeavour to lessen their effect, if it is possible to do so, by, for example, ordering searches as early as possible. Delays may include problems with arranging a mortgage.

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There is a lot of online help on DIY conveyancing when buying and selling a maisonette , Would it be foolhardy to carry out the conveyancing myself without help.?

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Technically there are no arguments why a buyer should not conduct the legal work on your own. In reality however, a conveyancer handles a large array of tasks including chasing deeds and verifying identities of transacting parties which require experience. In addition legal firms are bound to carry the correct indemnity insurance that ultimately protects you from any professional negligence made by the lawyer.

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What is the council tax on a Fifties converted Band E property in Aldershot?

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You will be give detail the homes band within the report on title.

The latest tax rates for Aldershot are listed online at the Rushmoor council website. As of 04 February 2013 band rates are:

  • Band A - £953.00
  • Band B - £1,112.00
  • Band C - £1,271.00
  • Band D - £1,430.00
  • Band E - £1,747.00
  • Band F - £2,065.00
  • Band G - £2,383.00
  • Band H - £2,859.00

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Are we in danger of gazumping?

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Gazumping occurs when a seller accepts the 1st purchaser's offer and later rejects it. Instead, they then go for a higher offer. It may happen even months into a transaction. The chance of getting gazumped exists for almost any purchase. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct a law firm early, and even before acceptance of an offer.