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Updated: 14/01/18

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

By road: Waterlooville is served by the M27, A3(M) and A27. By rail: The nearest train station is Havant. By air: Waterlooville is closest to Goodwood Airport (18 miles), Southampton Airport (25), and TAG London Farnborough and Blackbushe Airports (both 39 miles).

Hospital: Elmleigh, 61A New Lane, Havant, PO9 2JJ. Council: Havant (www.havant.gov.uk).

Attractions: Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Fort Nelson, Portchester Castle, Creech Wood, and Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum.


When in the conveyancing process do we need to speak to a solicitor to act for us in a move to Waterlooville?

In the vast majority of cases, the earlier you instruct a conveyancer, the more preferable it is. The legal work can then begin immediately. Instructing a firm early can limit the risk of your transaction falling through. 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. All our quotes are backed up with a ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee.


Will the solicitor get any searches on the Sixties, end-of-terrace property in Waterlooville I am purchasing?

The customary conveyancing protocol is to obtain a Local Authority Search (personal or official), a Water and Drainage Search (Con29DW or personal), and an Environmental Search. In addition, there may be some area-specific searches (for instance, a Land Charges Search (K15)).


How many mortgage lenders in Waterlooville do you work with?

Homeward Legal have worked in conjunction with most lenders listed with the Council of Mortgage Lenders in Waterlooville. This means that we can look after their legal needs with respect to furnishing you with a mortgage, and prevent them from passing on their costs to you. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Waterlooville:

  • Buzz Mortgages, 17 Gladys Avenue, Cowplain, Waterlooville, PO8 8HT
  • Key Mortgage Solutions, 2 Acorn Gardens, Waterlooville, PO8 9YT
  • A. S. K. Mortgage Services Ltd., 34 Hart Plain Avenue, Waterlooville, PO8 8RX

How long does the legal work take to purchase an apartment in Waterlooville?

The time taken to transfer property will vary, dependent on the length of the chain and a variety of issues, including if it is a leasehold property being transferred. Eight to twelve weeks is the average for many solicitors’ firms, but Homeward Legal delivers results within six weeks, if possible. Call our team of experts on 0800 038 6699 for your fixed-fee quote backed up with our ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee. Or you could try our online quote calculator.


How much will the searches cost on a flat in Waterlooville?

The cost of searches varies somewhat, depending on the searches required to establish the legal title and whether you are supplementing your financing of the purchase with a mortgage. At Homeward Legal, we expect a client to pay no more than £249 for the standard conveyancing bundle of searches.


What kind of exploration into the risk of possible flooding in the Hampshire region will the Waterlooville property solicitor look into?

A vital component in the legal due diligence procedure involves the conveyancing lawyer carrying out environmental

searches that offer certain details about the Waterlooville area flood-risk. Furthermore, the conveyancer in Waterlooville will sometimes suggest a more involved (e.g. Landmark) local search, should the initial search deem the level of risk significant enough.


Is a home-buyer’s survey advisable when we are buying residential property in Waterlooville?

It is strongly advised that buyers arrange a survey through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, if purchasing in Waterlooville. It is a fact that there are a range of issues that will impact a property, regardless of the age or outward appearance of the building, such as poor drainage or evidence of damp, and issues such as these will not be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.


We really need to complete on the legal process for our auctioned property in a very short time frame; are you fast solicitors in Waterlooville?

To be frank, some lawyers are very lackadaisical in their approach, which adds a lot of anxiety to the often painful process of moving home. Homeward Legal always works with conveyancing property lawyers who will always efficiently communicate through the whole of the buyer and seller chain. Also Homeward Legal’s property lawyers are chosen because they always employ the best legal software systems meaning they can exchange on the sale of your property to your preferred move date. Call our team of experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your preferences and needs for your planned move.


We are buying on a former industrial site. What should we do regarding selenium (Se) soil contamination?


Waterlooville industry and natural causes can cause soil contamination. Metal contamination of soil in Waterlooville is more likely to occur near former industrial sites. Data on other contaminants, like chlorinated solvents, will also be included in an environmental search.


Do you recommend your solicitors to look after residential property auction conveyancing in Waterlooville?


We are very capable working with bidders at auction. Frequently difficult to value houses are bought at auction which necessitate increased inquiries by the property lawyer Conveyancers therefore recommend that buyers at auction instruct a local lawyer before the date of the auction to allow time for a full report. Subsequently, immediately after the property auction date, a lawyer is ready for carry out the purchase in less than the 4 week time frame as usually required by the terms of sale.


Which local authority is responsible for Waterlooville?


Waterlooville is located in Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2BG, Tel: 023 9282 2251


How is Waterlooville contaminated land investigated?


A broad range of contaminants can impact property, such as petroleum and fuel sites and shallow mining. An environmental search will offer more detail.


If Waterlooville land is found to be contaminated, can the top soil be remediated?


If land has been contaminated by industry, remediation can often be possible, but costly, and a Waterlooville specialist e.g. Brooklands Turf Laying, 44 Warfield Cr, Waterlooville, PO7 7JP can provide more information.


Is there anything I can do to avoid paying stamp duty to HM Revenue?


Stamp duty is usually payable for home purchases sold for over £125,000. We strongly advise against any stamp duty reduction. Such schemes are expensive and , if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed.


What does a Waterlooville property solicitor do if the home I hope to invest in is situated in a registered conservation area and has incongruous cladding fitted?


The lawyer will ascertain whether the property is located within a designated conservation area and whether any alterations have the requisite permissions from the Portsmouth council.