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Conveyancing in Basingstoke Q & As

If you are selling, remortgaging or buying a property in Basingstoke, you will need to choose a property lawyer to carry out the legal work on your behalf.

Homeward Legal's conveyancing solicitors have a vast amount of experience helping home-buyers and -sellers in Basingstoke and across Hampshire County. Our pragmatic approach means we complete the transaction faster than other firms.

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

  • By road: Basingstoke is served by the M3, A30 and A33.
  • By rail: The nearest train station is Basingstoke.
  • By air: From Basingstoke, Blackbushe Airport is 14 miles, TAG London Farnborough Airport is 17, White Waltham Airfield is 29, Southampton Airport is 31, and London Heathrow Airport is 34 miles.
  • Hospital: North Hampshire, Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke, RG24 9NA.
  • Council: Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (www.basingstoke.gov.uk).
  • Attractions: Marwell Wild Life, Basing House, Milestone Park, Odiham Castle, The Vyne, and Wellington Country Park.

What will the overall charge be on the sale of a £178,000 house in Basingstoke? We need to find fixed-rate conveyancing.

It is unfortunate but perhaps unsurprising that many firms state that they offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', while additional costs are often hiding in the small print. These extras are often not read by sellers and buyers who are likely to be anxious to move the process onwards. Such extra charges need to be fair and clearly stated so that you know what you are going to be billed for, when everything is completed. At Homeward Legal, we never hide any costs, and our quotes offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs.

Can you confirm which Basingstoke lenders your conveyancing solicitors work with? Which panels is Homeward Legal a member of?

Homeward Legal has worked alongside many mortgage lenders to facilitate purchases in Basingstoke. As you may be aware, some lenders have decided to reduce the size of their own solicitor panels, which means that a home-buyer’s bill may be inflated to cover their costs. Contact our experienced team at Homeward Legal for advice and a fixed-fee quote. A number of mortgage specialists, with whom we regularly work, operate in Basingstoke, such as:

  • Basingstoke Mortgage Services, P.O. Box 334, Lychpit, Basingstoke, RG24 8YZ
  • Advisory Financial Services, Grove House Business Park, Lutyens Close, Lychpit, Basingstoke, RG24 8AG
  • Town Centre Mortgages, 12A Winchester Street, Basingstoke, RG21 7DY.
The conveyancing solicitor handling the work for your purchase in Basingstoke can advise further.

Is Homeward Legal able to act quickly on the conveyancing for auction properties in Basingstoke?

Yes. Buyers and sellers at auction often use Homeward Legal’s specialist conveyancing team. Experienced auction buyers will already know that the process will be much smoother if they engage their conveyancer as swiftly as possible for a detailed review of all the legal documents well before the day of the auction. After the auction, your lawyer will complete the legal work within 4 weeks, as this is a legal requirement for auction sales. Contact our team at Homeward Legal on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your auction needs and get a quote.

How long, on average, should I expect it to take my designated property lawyer to carry out all of the conveyancing work for an apartment in a home we are buying in Basingstoke?

Contract exchange can be a long and frustrating process, taking anywhere between one and three months. The efficiency of the exchange can be affected by various factors (e.g. the speed of the seller’s solicitor, or the speed of other lawyers in the chain). Our highly-skilled conveyancers at Homeward Legal, though, are exceptionally focused on communication using technology and state-of-the-art computer systems integrated with various bodies such as HMRC to assist in the traction of the conveyancing process, with a view to completing as speedily as possible. At Homeward Legal, our target is to complete everything within six weeks. Contact one of the team on 0800 038 6699 for further information and a fixed-fee quote for your conveyancing needs.

We are buying a new-build, terraced house, which is on a former industrial site in Basingstoke. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste like iron (Fe)?

Metal contamination may have occurred throughout Basingstoke because of historical industrial use, but a plot will be marked as 'contaminated land' if the risk to human life or protected species is unacceptable. Metal contamination of soil in Basingstoke is more likely to occur near waste-treatment sites and this information will be divulged in your solicitor’s report. Data on other contaminants, like hazardous gases, will also be included in an environmental search.

We want to complete on the sale of a home in Basingstoke inside 2 months. Are you fast solicitors?

Homeward Legal has a very efficient approach to fulfilling legal work for home-sellers (and -buyers). Having invested in the latest software systems, and adopting efficient and proactive management processes, the conveyancing tasks are tackled with speed in mind without compromising on the quality of the service. We also give vendors a regulated conveyancing property lawyer who will go the extra mile to communicate with all parties in the buyer and seller property chain e.g. landlords, to reach a quick move. Give our conveyancing team a call on 0800 038 6699 for a fixed-fee quote and for more information on our approach.

With regard to the fact that 4 of the top 5 wettest years ever recorded in Britain were in last 12 years, I am concerned that conveyancing searches for my Basingstoke property may not be sufficiently thorough. What is your advice?

When you instruct your conveyancing solicitor, they will initiate a set of standard searches. The environmental search includes the assessment of the risk of flooding at your Basingstoke house. If the flood risk is deemed significant enough, a more in-depth search at Landmark will be requested. Property purchasers sometimes like to speak to a future neighbour for added assurance if they are still concerned about the level of risk. Or, if they still are at all worried, they contact a recognised local building expert for advice.

How do we work out stamp duty that will be owed on a £66,000 property in Basingstoke?

The Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rate due will depend on the purchase price of the property. SDLT is triggered once the purchase price goes over £125,000, so the good news is that you will not be expected to pay anything on the purchase of your Basingstoke property. Note, however, that the government’s budgeting and housing policies may change the rate or the trigger value. You might wish to use a stamp duty calculator like the one at www.stampdutycalculator.org.uk.