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Conveyancing in Hampshire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/04/18

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

By road: Hampshire is served by the M3, M27, M271, A30, A31, A34, A272, A303, and A338. By rail: The train stations in Hampshire include Alton, Andover, Ashurst New Forest, Fleet, Havant, Hook, Liphook, Lymington, Romsey, Swanwick, Southampton Central, and Winchester.

By air: Using Winchester as representative of the large towns in Hampshire, the closest airports are: Southampton Airport (12 miles), Blackbushe and TAG London Farnborough Airports (both 34 miles), Chichester/Goodwood Airport (35), and Bournemouth Airport (38 miles).

Hospitals (representative): Andover War Memorial, Charlton Road, Andover, SP10 3LB Basingstoke & North Hampshire, Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke, RG24 9NA Royal Hampshire County, Romsey Road, Winchester, SO22 5DG Romsey, Winchester Hill, Romsey, SO51 7ZA Southampton General, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD Lymington New Forest, Welworthy Road, Lymington, SO41 8QD

Council: Hampshire County (www.hants.gov.uk).

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Attractions: Marwell Wildlife Park, Portchester Castle, New Forest Wildlife Park, Beaulieu National Motor Museum, HMS Victory and Mary Rose Museum, Highclere Castle, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, HMS Warrior, New Forest, Spinnaker Tower, Milestones Museum, Romsey Abbey, Winchester Cathedral, Jane Austen’s House Museum, Mottisfont Abbey, HMS Victory, D-Day Museum, Fort Nelson, Exbury Gardens, and Staunton Country Park.

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Might the quote for the conveyancing for my house in Hampshire take into account any hidden costs?

No. We will not charge any additional fees as we operate a fixed-fee system matched with our ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee. Be aware that some solicitors do not give accurate quotes, only estimates, meaning that you could pay much more when you complete. 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 team on 0800 038 6699.

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My partner and I are planning to buy in Hampshire, but are there any conservation areas that we should avoid?

Conservation areas indicate special locations of historical or architectural significance. While being in a conservation area can make it more attractive, because of the necessary restrictions applied to what you and your neighbours can do with the external aspects of the buildings (including some plants and trees), it can also make the prospect more expensive to ensure you are always in keeping with the conservation rules. Your solicitor will provide more details and address the impact buying in a conservation area may have, regarding specific conservation areas in Hampshire.

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Which environmental factors can contaminate land in Hampshire? Are these checked for thoroughly?

There are numerous contaminants that may affect a property. Contaminants such as air pollution and proximity to landfill sites should be reported on during conveyancing searches and highlighted in the solicitor’s report on title.

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Handling the legal work without using a property solicitor in Hampshire looks like a good way to strip out costs. However, would embarking on our own conveyancing be a silly move?

Legally speaking, there is no reason why you can’t engage in your own conveyancing without assistance from a professional. In reality, however, a conveyancing solicitor in Hampshire handles a large number of tasks, ranging from liaising with the insolvency office for k15 entries to the Land Registry formalities, many of which need training. In addition, your relative inexperience could incur significant delays that might jeopardise your whole move. Talk to one of our experts at Homeward Legal on 0800 038 6699 for more information and to receive your fixed-fee quote.

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I am on a deadline and will need to get fast conveyancing in Hampshire, but what do we need to do?

The key to speeding up the conveyancing process is to employ a proactive, diligent and communicative solicitor, like the ones we have on our panels at Homeward Legal. There are also several tasks that you as the buyer can do to get moving sooner. These include:

  • arranging your mortgage offer early
  • keeping in regular contact with the solicitor and applying pressure if you suspect any unnecessary delays
  • completing and returning all forms as soon as possible
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What will the cost of my conveyancing searches in Hampshire be?

The cost of searches varies considerably depending on which searches are requested and to what depth they are taken. Searches are disbursements paid out to a third party and passed on to you at cost.

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I am likely to be moving out of our detached property in Hampshire into a new home in East Sussex, so what is the best point to choose a home-removal company?

Most lawyers will advise you to delay appointing a removals firm until such time as the contracts have been exchanged. Prior to this point, a definitive move date won’t have been set, and you may be liable to the removal firm’s rearrangement fees.

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At what point do you need to arrange a solicitor for our move to Hampshire?

The straightforward answer is: early instruction is far preferable to waiting. Prompt appointment of a legal firm to act for you on your Hampshire transaction can reduce any chance of your transaction aborting. To discuss your needs and to obtain your free, fixed-fee, ‘No Completion, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our team at Homeward Legal on 0800 038 6699.

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If you are buying close by a church furlong in Hampshire, is it necessary to get a chancel search?

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Some owners in Hampshire can be required to contribute towards upkeep of a local church. A chancel search confirms that such a liability exists. Your conveyancing lawyer can provide more details.

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Which environmental factors can contaminate land in Hampshire. Are these checked for thoroughly?

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Numerous of contaminants may affect property. Contaminants such as air pollution and proximity to landfill sites should be reported on during conveyancing searches.

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My partner and I are planning to buy in Hampshire, and need to know if there are many conservation areas.

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Conservation areas categorise local areas of historic or architectural significance. Your solicitor will provide more details and address the impact buying in a conservation area may have, regarding specific conservation areas in Hampshire.

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Can I get out of paying stamp duty land tax?

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Stamp duty scheme is not advised when buying in Hampshire, as such schemes are costly and , if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed.

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What does the cost of my conveyancing searches in Hampshire be?

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The cost of searches varies considerably. Searches are paid out to a 3rd party.

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For a fast exchange and completion to buy a £234,000 house, what should we do?

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Key to a fast transaction is to instruct a proactive, diligent solicitor. Additionally, there are several things you as the purchaser could do to speed up the legal work, including, pushing the solicitor to begin enquiries as soon as possible, quickly answering your solicitor's questions (by email if possible) and if you intend to get a house survey, doing so as early as you can.

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We are buying a property where the seller looks to have added ugly stone cladding to the maisonette in Hampshire which may defy nearby conservation area guidelines

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A property lawyer will always establish if the property is affected by a designated conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have requisite permission. If no necessary permissions be supplied your Hampshire conveyancing solicitor will recommend the options, which include getting an indemnity insurance or seeking retrospective approval from Winchester local authority.