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Conveyancing in Hampshire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/10/17

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 Move, 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 Move, No Fee’-guaranteed quote, contact our team at Homeward Legal on 0800 038 6699.

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    As a result of the Met Office projecting more intense rainfall, I am concerned that conveyancing and environmental searches won't be sufficient?

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    Conveyancing and environmental searches carried out by a Hampshire conveyancer will include a more specialist flood search if it is felt necessary.

    If you are still anxious you could speak to a future neighbour.

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    Will the solicitor in Hampshire carry out any conveyancing searches on the Hampshire Sixties mid terrace flat I am intending to purchase?

    A.

    Standard legal procedure is to get the following Local Authority Search, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environment Search and occasionally less common searches for instance Planning and local information.

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    Which of the lender panels in Hampshire are you on?

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    The Homeward Legal partnership work with all the major lenders financing purchasers in Hampshire. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include Mortgage Lady, 115 The Street, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, OX10 8EF, Delbridge M S, 29 Premier Way, Romsey, SO51 9DF, and Holmberg Erling Trading, 7 Hope Rd, Shanklin, PO37 6EA.

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    Handling the legal work without using a property solicitor in Hampshire is becoming possible when selling a home. However, would it be a silly move ?

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    Technically speaking there are no arguments why you cannot engage in the your own conveyancing without assistance.

    In reality however, a conveyancing solicitor in Hampshire handles a large number of tasks ranging from liaising with the insolvency office for k15 entries and the Land Registry formalities many of which need training.

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    We are buying a sixties investment property in a conservation area. How do I find data relating to the standard of upkeep of the Hampshire conservation area?

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    Conservation areas are set up by the local authority (Winchester) who govern things like upkeep of paths to the thwarting of advertising hoardings. English Heritage administer a detailed list on the state of repair of conservation areas along with the trend.

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    How much is the council tax on a detached Band C house in Hampshire?

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    You will be informed about your new home's band within the title report. Up-to-date rates for homes in Hampshire are set out online at the Winchester local authority website. At the time of authoring on 03 July 2012 the rates are:

    • Band A - £958.00
    • Band B - £1,118.00
    • Band C - £1,277.00
    • Band D - £1,437.00
    • Band E - £1,757.00
    • Band F - £2,076.00
    • Band G - £2,395.00
    • Band H - £2,874.00

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    Are your lawyers set up to very fast completions on the conveyancing for auction properties in Hampshire?

    A.

    Our team specialise in auctions and do frequently handle the legal work for sellers at auction. Our specialist solicitors and conveyancers have acted for countless successful bidders at regional property auctions including Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

    Savvy purchasers know to choose a qualified lawyer as soon as they can so there is time for a detailed review of the property's legal title prior to the auction day itself. Subsequently, immediately after the auction day itself your now prepared property lawyer will be geared up to swiftly concluding the transaction within a month as conventionally required .