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Conveyancing in Southampton Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 13/10/17

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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The estate agent has offered me a solicitor in Southampton. Will it be more cost-effective to choose this solicitor?

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Probably not. Many estate agents will have arrangements with certain solicitors where they refer their conveyancing clients to them. The agent will usually be paid a referral fee, however, and because of this, the agent may recommend the conveyancer who pays the highest referral fee, not the best solicitor for your needs.

Read our article about the top 5 myths to watch out for when seeking a solicitor, or get yourself a quick quote from us, so you can do some quote comparisons.

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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?

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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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What are Southampton 'conveyancing searches'?

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Searches are standard queries requested by the conveyancing solicitor, such as a brine search. Searches are very useful whether buying with a mortgage or not, but refer specifically to legal considerations.

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What are Southampton 'conveyancing searches' and do I really need them?

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Searches are standard legal queries which are requested by the conveyancing solicitor, and include a Flood Search, Environment Search and so on. These searches are not only mandatory if you are buying with a mortgage, but are also very useful to figure out if the property is at risk and worth its asking price, whether you are buying with a mortgage or not.

Read our short guide to conveyancing searches if you would like to learn more.

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How much is the council tax on a residential end of terrace Band C home in Southampton?

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You should be supply your homes band in the conveyancing report on title. The latest tax rates for properties in Southampton are published at the Southampton local authority website. At the time of writing (10 December 2012) the different rates are:

  • Band A - £965.00
  • Band B - £1,125.00
  • Band C - £1,286.00
  • Band D - £1,447.00
  • Band E - £1,768.00
  • Band F - £2,090.00
  • Band G - £2,411.00
  • Band H - £2,894.00

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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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Do we need a house survey for our home purchase?

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors firmly recommend that Southampton property purchasers arrange a house surveyor. There are a wide range of problems which affect a property, that a solicitor will be unable to address, such as poor ventilation and blocked drains.

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Is contaminated land in Southampton a problem for homes?

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A range of contaminants may potentially impair residential property in Southampton, such as petroleum and fuel sites. An environmental search will reveal this in more detail.