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Conveyancing in Andover Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/01/18

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

By road: Andover is served by the A303, A342, A343 and A3057. By rail: The nearest train station is Andover. By air: Andover is closest to Southampton Airport (19 miles), Blackbushe Airport and TAG London Farnborough Airport (both 37 miles), Bournemouth Airport (42), and London Oxford Airport (51 miles).

Hospital: Andover War Memorial, Charlton Road, Andover, SP10 3LB. Council: Test Valley Borough (www.testvalley.gov.uk).

Attractions: Hawk Conservancy Trust, Cottonworth Vineyard, Thruxton Motorsport Centre, Museum of Army Chaplaincy, Finkley Down Farm Park, and The Museum of the Iron Age.

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Is Homeward Legal geared up for moving fast on the conveyancing for property auction in Andover?

Our solicitors and licensed conveyancers in Andover often get instructed by buyers and sellers at auction. Shrewd buyers always choose an affordable solicitors’ practice as soon as they can to allow for a detailed investigation of the sellers’ legal pack well before the auction day. Then, after the auction, the conveyancing lawyer is absolutely geared up to briskly conclude the transaction within the tight four-week timeframe./p>

For the best and clearest quote, why not try our quote calculator? Or, if you want to talk to someone, you could call our expert auction team on 0800 038 6699

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Are any conservation areas in Andover likely to affect us?

These distinguish areas designated as being of historical or architectural value. A conveyancing solicitor will discuss the relevant responsibilities you would be taking on by purchasing in a conservation area for affected areas in Andover, such as what restrictions to developing your house may exist, or if there are flowers or trees that should be maintained.

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Can arsenic contaminate topsoil in Andover?

Extensive measures are taken on a local and national level to locate and clean up soil contamination. Other sources of contaminated land include groundwater contaminants like pesticides. An environmental search will reveal the state of any contamination in the location of your property.

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DIY-conveyancing without a property lawyer is attractive for selling a home in Andover, but would it be a realistic proposition?

Legally speaking, there is no argument at all why you can’t carry out the greater majority of the legal work unaided. In reality however, a conveyancing solicitor in Andover is familiar with a huge number of skilled tasks (ranging from chasing mortgage offers and communicating with managing agents), which need a skilled professional. Your inexperience will incur delays which may derail the entire transaction.

Try our quote calculator or call our waiting team on 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote.

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Is a Professional Indemnity fee a disbursement or fee?

All fees and disbursements should be clearly stated on the quote for your conveyancing, with all potential additional costs clearly stated. This cost, for example, is a fee not a disbursement, and should normally be included in a quote. Homeward Legal’s quotes are transparent and clear, with the fees fixed, so will always be in control of what you are paying.

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What type of local environmental searches regarding the risk of local flooding around Hampshire will a property lawyer in Andover be able to do?

A key part of the legal process of purchasing a property involves the lawyer conducting property conveyancing searches that provide some details with regard to the flood-risk area in Andover. Should the results dictate, a more in-depth flood search can be ordered. You might also consider talking to one of your future neighbours for more anecdotal local flooding knowledge.

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We are purchasing an Andover property with Darlington Building Society, but what will we need to be aware of?

Until quite recently, almost all conveyancing solicitors could act for the large mortgage lenders. But then a number of lenders limited the firms who can act for them. For property-buyers, this can result in significantly higher conveyancing costs. Homeward Legal, however, are able to act for the vast majority of lenders in the UK, ensuring that you aren’t liable for the lender’s legal costs.

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What makes conveyancing work so delayed when buying in Andover? Should we be worried?

Conveyancing will occasionally take more time, even where there is no chain. Some delays are regrettably out of the solicitors' hands. At Homeward Legal, we endeavour to diminish their impact wherever it is feasible by driving the transaction forward. Delays can include slow solicitors acting for the other side.

To discuss your needs and to obtain your free, fixed-fee, ‘No Completion, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our team on 0800 038 6699.

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What makes conveyancing work to buy in Andover to be so delayed? Should we be worried?

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Conveyancing will occasionally take more time even where there is no chain. Some delays are regrettably out of the solicitors' hands. We endeavour to diminish their impact wherever it is feasible by driving the transaction forward. Delays can include slow solicitors acting for the other side.

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How much is the council tax on a Thirties semi-detached property in Andover?

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Commonly, a report on title will supply the relevant Test Valley council tax band. Council tax charges for homes in Andover are published online at the Test Valley council website. At the time of writing on 22 October 2012 the rates are:

  • Band A - £932.00
  • Band B - £1,087.00
  • Band C - £1,242.00
  • Band D - £1,397.00
  • Band E - £1,708.00
  • Band F - £2,018.00
  • Band G - £2,329.00
  • Band H - £2,795.00

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We need to complete this purchase as soon as possible, can we aim for fast conveyancing?

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As is often reported, faster conveyancing is the key to instruct a proactive and experienced conveyancing solicitor. Consider the following when selecting:

  • Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?
  • Which communication methods do they use? Days can be wasted waiting for letters in the post which could be emailed or faxed.
  • Will they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis?

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Can arsenic (As) contaminate Andover top-soil?

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Extensive measures are taken on a local and national level to find and clean up soil contamination. Other sources of contaminated land include groundwater contaminants like pesticides.

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We really need to complete on the conveyancing on our renovated share of freehold flat as quickly as possible, are you fast Andover conveyancing solicitors ?

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Homeward Legal has an extremely active approach to completing the legal work for home movers.

Homeward Legals solicitors approach to conveyancing is different - we use the latest land registry integrated systems . Crucially , we allocate you a carefully selected solicitor prepared to efficiently communicate by phone and email through all parts of the buyer and seller property chain .

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Can you confirm which Andover lenders your conveyancing solicitors work with. Which panels are you a member of?

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Homeward Legal have worked alongside most lenders approved by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Andover, such as Stonebridge Mortgage Services, 1 Royston House/42-44 East Street, Andover, SP10 1ES. The solicitor handling your conveyancing transaction should be able to carry out any relevant lender-imposed searches or checks.

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Will High Speed 2 impact South Bucks District?

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Yes, HS2 will be an issue in property in the local authority of South Bucks District. Phase 1 of HS2 will affect 23 local councils running through Beaconsfield, from London to Birmingham.