Basingstoke, the largest town in Hampshire, expanded in the 1960s from an old market town, to accommodate London overspill. Today, Basingstoke is an important economic centre and home to many company HQs, including the AA, Sun Life Financial and Palgrave Macmillan.
London is an easy 45 minute commute, yet the town is surrounded by stunning Hampshire countryside and pretty villages - including Highclere Castle, the setting for Downton Abbey. Its cultural, leisure and retail facilities make it an attractive place to settle for both young professionals and families.
Basingstoke conveyancing FAQs
How much Council Tax will I pay for a property in Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council?
Basingstoke is situated in Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council. Council tax bands are as follows:
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Are Basingstoke conveyancing fees fixed?
Some conveyancing solicitors in Basingstoke carry out the conveyancing on a price per hour basis and other firms will work for a fixed fee.
Our property lawyers work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no additional fees hidden in the small print. Your conveyancing quote will explain what you will pay when your move goes through.
If, for any reason at all, your move does not go ahead, you are covered by our No Move, No Fee guarantee.
Will I need property searches when buying a property in Basingstoke?
Property searches are questions submitted to a number of authorities by Basingstoke conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Mortgage lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.
I am buying a leasehold property in Basingstoke - what do I need to know?
Purchasing a leasehold flat in the UK can be very involved. The numerous common problems lying in wait for the unsuspecting buyer can include legally technical issues like unpaid service charges by the existing leaseholder and onerous covenants.
A leasehold solicitor will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.
What do I need to know if selling a leasehold property in Basingstoke?
Conveyancing for a leasehold flat (leasehold houses are uncommon) is quite a lot more protracted compared to a freehold house.
The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in Basingstoke must carry out extra work, and this could include collating all relevant freeholder information, through to insurance premium details accounts.
In order to resolve any leasehold difficulties faster, It is recommended that you instruct a conveyancer as soon as possible, and preferably before going on the market,.
I am buying a new build property in Basingstoke - what do I need to know?
The conveyancing for acquiring a new build in Basingstoke .
Your solicitor in Basingstoke must be able to deal with things like handling reservation fees, checking that any contracts allow for future 'common parts' maintenance and working with warranty providers, including NHBC, Advantage HCI and Global Home Warranties.
Our award-winning team of new build solicitors are well versed in representing buyers to achieve a successful transaction and working to tight developer deadlines.
Will I need a conveyancing solicitor if I am remortgaging my Basingstoke property?
Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.
The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Basingstoke should be able to complete the conveyancing quickly and get you onto your new rate without delay.
Our property solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so no matter whether you are switching to a cashback mortgage with Barclays Bank or to a variable-rate mortgage with the Furness Building Society, Quittance can help.