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Conveyancing in Southsea Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/07/17

Drivers are well served with Southsea ideally situated with very good major road access under 3 miles off the M275.

Southsea's nearest train station is Southsea Hoverpt and Southsea's closest airport is Bembridge IoW, Sandown Rd Airport. Southampton Airport is 17 miles, Bembridge IoW Airport is 8 miles and Sandown IoW Airport is 11 miles away.

St Marys Portsmouth is the nearest hospital for Southsea.

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We are trying to find a cheap solicitor to sell a home. Can you assist?

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Confusion over this matter catches out many sellers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many conveyancers offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but additional charges will be included in the terms and conditions. A quote for conveyancing in Southsea should, in addition, define any disbursements.

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We are buying in Southsea, and need to know if there are any areas of conservation.

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Conservation areas preserve areas of 'special architectural and historic interest'. Living in a conservation area can mean protection for parks and green spaces, but the restrictions create additional maintenance and repair responsibilities. A conveyancing lawyer will address the consequences of purchasing property in a conservation area.

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What sort of inquiry as respects the risk of floods at Hampshire will the Southsea lawyer give details on an Edwardian house we are hoping to buy?

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A conveyancing lawyer conducts official environmental searches that incorporate Southsea flood risk area data.

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How can I see if the conservation area I am buying in is being neglected?

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Following a campaign, English Heritage have put together a detailed list on the state of repair of conservation areas along with the exposure to standards slipping. Conservation areas in Southsea are specified by Portsmouth who preserve everything from including things like neon signs, addition of PVC windows and paths and footpaths.

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In about five weeks we are going to be finally moving from our semi detached residence just outside Southsea into our next flat in Romsey . When to select a house removal firm?

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The best advice is for buyers to wait before booking a removal firm until the point where you and the other side has set a date that occurs after exchange of contracts. There are many local and national companies including Moore Dave, 27 Percy Road, Southsea, PO4 0BH Tel: 023 9275 6541.

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Will we need a property surveyor to check for issues affecting the property purchase?

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It is strongly advised that Southsea property purchasers order a property survey. A wide range of defects will impact a property, for example ground movement.

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Will my Southsea conveyancer do official or personal searches on my property purchase?

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Your solicitor will make a recommendation regarding the most appropriate route, depending on factors like search price. For personal searches, your lawyer may look for a local search agent for example HantsWight Searches Ltd, 418 Victory Business Centre, Fratton, Portsmouth, PO1 1PJ Tel: 02392 831777 Fax: 02392 818499

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Does a Southsea solicitor apply for any property conveyancing searches on the Hampshire Edwardian terraced cottage I am intending to buy?

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The conventional conveyancing protocol will be to obtain Local Authority (council), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environmental and, depending on certain criteria, area-specific searches e.g. a Company Searches.

 
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