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Conveyancing in Southampton Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 26/04/17

As determined by the most recent census (2011) Southampton has a residential population 665,193 spread over an area of 372,389 acres (150,701 hectares) which equals a population density of 1.8 people per acre (4.4 per hectare).

Southampton is under three miles off the M3 junction entry 14 Northbound.

The closest airport to Southampton is Southampton, Mitchell Way Airport. Southampton Airport is 4 miles, Bembridge IoW Airport is 21 mile s, Sandown IoW Airport is 21 mile and Bournemouth International Airport is 21 mile away and Southampton Central train station is almost a mile from Southampton.

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Southampton points of interest

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Bursledon Hants Windmill, Medieval Merchants House English Heritage and Southamton Hall of Aviation Aviation Museum are in the vicinity of Southampton.

The nearest hospital for Southampton is Royal South Hants Southampton.

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How do we find affordable conveyancing in Southampton?

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Both high-street and online law firms advertise 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but extra charges may be added into the small print. Busy, stressed sellers and buyers ignore these terms at their peril. Any additional charges listed in terms of engagement should be fair and clearly defined. They only apply in cases where the lawyer is required to complete unexpected extra work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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How much will the conveyancing searches in Southampton be?

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With a Homeward Legal solicitor, you will be charged at most £249 for the standard search bundle. Searches are disbursements, and will be charged at cost.

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If we are intending to buy near Southampton, in the parish of Farlington, do we need a chancel search?

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A solicitor could recommend a chancel search, regardless of the parish in which the home being purchased is located. In Southampton's much older areas, chancel repair may be imposed on the current owners of a home where church councils may have not done so in the past.

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Which lender panels in Southampton are Homeward Legal on?

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We can work alongside most Southampton lenders who are Council of Mortgage Lenders-approved.

A number of mortgage specialists and lenders operate in Southampton, including:

  • The Mortgage Hut, 14 College Pl, Southampton SO15 2FE
  • Umbrella Financial Services, 7 London Rd, Southampton, SO15 2AE
  • The Mortgage Packager, 16-20 South St, Hythe, Southampton, SO45 6EB
  • The solicitor handling your conveyancing transaction will confirm any potential hurdles associated with your chosen lender.

    Q.

    The web is awash a number of handbooks on the subject of doing the legal work yourself such as House Buying, Selling and Conveyancing: How to Save Estate Agent and Solicitor Fees When Buying or Selling Property by Joseph Bradshaw and Georgia Bedworth . That being the case, do I need to use a solicitor in Southampton ?

    A.

    On paper there is absolutely no argument why a home seller should not complete the legal and technical work without assistance. However, a property lawyer carries out a large number of jobs ranging from applying for and interpreting office copies or representing the lender which require training. Additionally firms and their solicitors are under a duty to obtain indemnity cover to protect you in the event of any carelessness.

    Q.

    How do you work out stamp duty, how much should it be on a £710k home?

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    The Stamp Duty you will owe will depend on the purchase price of the home. For a house valued at £710k, the SDLT rate is £28400.

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    What can a Southampton property solicitor do if the property we hope to buy is located in a registered conservation area and has an un-consented windows added?

    A.

    Your conveyancing solicitor to determine whether the property is within a designated conservation area, and if so whether any alterations have appropriate permissions from the local council.

    Q.

    I am preparing to move from our home just outside Southampton to a bigger one in Eastleigh, what is the best point to appoint a home removal firm?

    A.

    It is important for home movers to wait before booking the removals company until both parties have exchanged contracts and agreed a moving date.

    Try one of these Southampton removals companies:

     
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