Basildon in Essex was created as a new town in 1948 from the villages of Vange, Laindon, Pitsea and Basildon. As well as being developed to house the overspill from London, government grants were given to companies to set up business, and this industrial base remains strong.
Improvements to transport links have made Basildon a property hotspot, with journey times to London being around 35 minutes, though prices are 27% lower than the Essex average. Most of the housing stock was built in the mid-20th century, however older period property can be found in nearby smaller towns (such as Billericay and Laindon). Several new developments are also beginning to appear and the market remains buoyant.
Basildon conveyancing FAQs
How much Council Tax will I pay for a property in Basildon District Council?
Basildon is situated in Basildon District Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:
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How much are conveyancing fees for buying or selling a home in Basildon?
Conveyancing fees will include legal fees and disbursements.
Disbursements are the costs payable as part of a conveyancing transaction, paid out on your behalf, e.g. Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) or property searches. Legal fees are for the work your solicitor carries out for you.
Our legal fees for buying or selling a house in Basildon are fixed, which means that for a standard conveyancing transaction, what you pay is exactly what you see in your quote.
Calculate the conveyancing fees for your Basildon move
Our conveyancing fees calculator can give you a comprehensive conveyancing quote with a comprehensive list of all fees, costs and disbursements for your Basildon sale or purchase.
I'm purchasing a house in Basildon - which searches will I need?
The search pack for a standard property includes:
- Regulated Local Authority Search
- Water search
- Residential Environmental Search
- Chancel search liability
On occasion the solicitor will advise further searches such as a radon gas search.
To see the cost of searches on a Basildon purchase use our conveyancing cost calculator.
I am buying a leasehold property in Basildon - what do I need to know?
Purchasing a leasehold flat in the UK can be complicated. The many potential traps lying in wait for an uninformed purchaser can include legally technical issues like and leases with fewer than 80 years to run.
Your solicitor will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.
Does sale conveyancing take longer for leasehold?
Compared to freehold property, yes. The conveyancing for selling a leasehold property can be seriously delayed.
The solicitor acting for the buyer must review this leasehold-related paperwork. These could include an up-to-date statement of service charges and a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property. The time it takes the seller's conveyancer to gather this paperwork is usually the cause of these delays.
The solicitor should start this process as soon as possible, as this information can take weeks to collect if it is difficult to contact the managing agent or landlord or they are slow to respond.
Will I need a conveyancing solicitor if I am remortgaging my Basildon property?
Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.
The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Basildon could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.
Our network of solicitors can act for most UK lenders, so no matter whether you are changing to an interest-only mortgage with the HSBC or to a capped-rate mortgage with the Swansea Building Society, we can assist.