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Conveyancing in Eastleigh Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 10/10/17

Eastleigh area info

Southampton Itchen Valley Country Park Country Park and Hansard Gallery Art Gallery are in the vicinity of Eastleigh.

Eastleigh is very close at approximately 0.25m of junction entry 13 Southbound of the M3.

Eastleigh's nearest airport is Southampton, Mitchell Way Airport. Southampton Airport is 2 miles, Bembridge IoW Airport is 24 miles, Sandown IoW Airport is 24 miles and Bournemouth International Airport is 24 miles away. The nearest train station to Eastleigh is Eastleigh, approximately a mile away.

The nearest hospital for Eastleigh is Nuffield Eastleigh.

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We are looking for a cheap solicitor quote to buy a property. What should I check?

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Various firms offer cheap conveyancing, however extra fees are frequently hidden in the terms that property buyers and sellers often do not check. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

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We are buying a maisonette in a designated Eastleigh conservation area, how do I uncover data in relation to the standard of upkeep?

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Following a campaign, English Heritage have put together a list of the condition of conservation areas. Local Eastleigh conservation areas are designated by the local authority (Eastleigh) who are responsible for things like upkeep of paths to vacant buildings.

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How is Eastleigh contaminated land identified?

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Property in Eastleigh will be contaminated by several human activities. Contaminants such as local historic industrial processes and waste disposal sites should be considered as part of the appropriate search.

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Which parts of Eastleigh are covered by a conservation area?

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These areas characterise local areas of special architectural or historic interest. The advantages of these restrictions include confidence that property will retain its value, but they may impose liability on a buyer for unauthorised alterations made by previous owners. Your solicitor will be able to offer more information.

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At what point is it wise to speak to a conveyancing solicitor to act for us?

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The short answer is, the earlier in the process you can instruct a conveyancing firm, the better, as there are several tasks that can begin straight away. Early instruction of a solicitor can limit the risk of the other side pulling out.

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Should we get a chancel search? We are buying in Eastleigh.

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Chancel repair can require home owners to subsidise maintenance of local churches. Indemnity policies can be arranged if chancel liability is likely to be enforced. The solicitor carrying out the legal work for your move will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary. Churches in the local area where a chancel search may be appropriate include All Saints and St Francis, Nightingale Avenue.

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What length of time should it take for my designated property solicitor to exchange contracts all of the conveyancing formalities on the top floor of sixties house in Eastleigh?

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Getting contracts exchanged can take anywhere from around a month and three months, which can depend on any number of things e.g. the efficiency of the sellers solicitor, or whether your solicitor has to act for your lender.

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The local agent has suggested the solicitor that they have used before. Must I use this firm?

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Both agents and mortgage brokers will often refer a conveyancing firm. Such referrals need to be considered carefully, as the agent may recommend the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.