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Updated: 19/04/17

Thinking of re-locating to the area? Helpful local public transport and public service facts and figures -

Alton's nearest train station is Alton at 1 mile and the closest airport to Alton is Farnborough (TAG London) Airport (12 miles). Southampton Airport is 22 miles and Blackbushe Airport is 14 miles away.

Alton Community is the nearest hospital for Alton.


I need a low cost conveyancing quote in Alton. What do I need to check for?


Confusion over this matter catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors claim to offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing', but extra costs will be included in the terms. Busy, stressed homeowners ignore these terms at their peril. Additional costs which are listed in terms of engagement should be reasonable and only apply to matters if your conveyancer is required to complete unexpected extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.


May the fees for our conveyancing include any hidden costs?


No. We do not charge any hidden costs to buy or sell a home.


Which Alton lender panels are your solicitors on?


We have solicitors with experience working alongside most lenders approved by the CML. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Alton, like Stedman & Co, 30 Downing St, Farnham, GU9 7PD, Smaart Associates Ltd, Sandy Farm/Sands Rd, Farnham, GU10 1PX, and Definitive Financial Solutions Ltd, Upper Farm, Wootton St. Lawrence, Basingstoke, RG23 8PE. The solicitor managing the legal work for your move can state specific lenders' requirements.


As a result of the Met Office warning of more intense rainfall we are apprehensive that flood searches might not be detailed enough?

Conveyancing searches handled by your property solicitor in Alton should include the far more thorough flood search if required.

If you remain concerned you can always visit a neighbour of the property or local Hampshire flood repair expert, like M J W Building Contractor, 44 Pheasant Cl, Four Marks, Alton, GU34 5FH Tel: 01420 563203.


What is the council tax on a Forties terraced Band A home in Alton?


You should be include your new homes council tax band in the title report. Up-to-date rates for Alton are detailed on the East Hampshire local authority website. On, 02 December 2012, rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £960.00
  • Band B - £1,120.00
  • Band C - £1,279.00
  • Band D - £1,439.00
  • Band E - £1,759.00
  • Band F - £2,079.00
  • Band G - £2,399.00
  • Band H - £2,879.00


The estate agent we are using in Aylesbury has put forward a conveyancing solicitor who they generally use. Is it a good idea to instruct them?


Agent referrals are a not uncommon way for home buyers to find a solicitor, however, such referrals should be compared against alternatives, such as local solicitors, or firms found online, as the agent may recommend the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.


How can a Alton conveyancing solicitor advise me on the potential risk of local flooding at Alton?


An integral step in the legal due diligence process involves your conveyancing lawyer conducting environmental searches that go into details with respect to Alton flooding. A more search, such as the Landmark search, may possibly be advised by your Alton property lawyer, if in the event that the initial searches show a flood risk.


The property in Alton being purchased is on a ex-industrial use land. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste?


Alton's local area has a history of contamination from agriculture or industry, like much of the UK. Environment search results will factor contaminants, including metals and others such as groundwater contamination and radioactive waste.