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Conveyancing Solicitors Aldershot

In-Deed online is a countrywide conveyancing specialist, which provides top-notch conveyancing services for residential property-buyers and -sellers in Aldershot, and across the county of Hampshire.

Our price promise means a guaranteed, fixed-cost conveyancing service that comes with no nasty surprises, in order to help take the uncertainty out of the legal fees of moving home. Whether you are moving to or from Hampshire, our experienced solicitors at In-Deed make your move quick and efficient.

Try out our online quote calculator, or call us on 0800 038 6886 to discuss your plans with one of our advisers.

Aldershot life and amenities

Aldershot is located in the northeast region of the county of Hampshire in Southeast England, and it is about 27 miles (43 km) from Winchester, the county town. Mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086, Aldershot is affectionately known as the home of the British Army

For those who like to shop in the high street, Aldershot is served by Mark Turner and Daughters Butchers, Jacobs the Green Grocer, the Farmhouse Bakery, and Woods Butchers. In addition, most of the big supermarket chains have at least one branch open in or around Aldershot.

Eateries available to the town include Mimosa, and Taste Buds, and there are several watering holes with the George, the Red Lion, and the Trafalgar Inn among the list. Aldershot Military Museum, Frimley Lodge Park, and Alpine Snowsports are included among the popular attractions available in the vicinity of Aldershot.

Are you planning to move to Aldershot, or upgrade your current Aldershot home? Let In-Deed take some of the anxiety out of the process by handling your conveyancing for you. To find out more, why not give our advisers a quick call on 0800 038 6886.

Online conveyancing quote

Many law firms advertise the positives of online conveyancing, such as automated case- management systems and the use of emails and text for communication, as the only way to guarantee a swift completion to your transaction.

While these have their place and are enormously helpful in smoothing the transition of your transaction, the actual secret to a faster conveyancing transaction is appointing a proactive and communicative solicitor.

Working with In-Deed's conveyancing solicitors, buyers and sellers will get the advantage of online conveyancing and the support of an experienced conveyancing solicitor, all at a competitively low fee protected by our 'No Completion, No Fee' guarantee.

Get your online quote here, or call us on 0800 038 6886 to talk to one of our advisers.

House price data in Aldershot

Aldershot (and Rushmoor District) house prices (in £1,000s)
Feb 16 Feb 17 Feb 18 Feb 19
266 277 285 278

In recent years, in common with much of the rest of the country, Aldershot and the Rushmoor District area has enjoyed year-on-year rises in house price until the year ending in February 2019, which saw prices not only stagnating in Aldershot but actively falling across the board of property types.

  • All properties - £277,950 (a fall of -2.4% since February 2018 but a rise of 4.5% since February 2016)
  • Flats, apartments and maisonettes - £186,783 (a fall in value of -4.2% since February 2018 but a rise of 3.5% since February 2016)
  • Terraced houses - £270,166 (a fall of -2.0% since February 2018 and a rise of 4.1% since February 2016)
  • Semi-detached houses - £331,384 (a fall of -1.3% since February 2018 and a rise of 5.4% since February 2016)
  • Detached houses - £507,539 (a fall of -1.6% since February 2018 and a rise of 21.8% since February 2016)

House price data retrieved on 14 May 2019 (©2019 HM Land Registry)

Our carefully-chosen solicitors at In-Deed have a great deal of experience with the sale, purchase and remortgage of all property types in Aldershot, so you not only have a focused and highly experienced conveyancer assigned to your transaction, but you will receive the highest quality service at a competitively low fee. To find out more, call our team of advisers on 0800 038 6886.

Conveyancing when remortgaging in Aldershot

Are you remortgaging your property in Aldershot? Or perhaps looking to transfer some of its equity?

At In-Deed, our solicitors' quick turnaround approach often means faster processes, which may save you a mortgage payment at your higher rate.

Call us on 0800 038 6886 to discuss your remortgaging plans with one of our advisers, and to see how In-Deed can help to smooth the process.

Aldershot solicitors' legal fees

In-Deed's guaranteed, fixed-fee conveyancing quote means that there are no concealed charges to be concerned about for your Aldershot move.

We point this out because, while there has been recent legislation to improve the transparency of legal firm's fee structure, some lawyers hide further fees in their terms of engagement with you. Unfortunately, sometimes these hidden costs are foreseeable from the commencement of the case, and should therefore be overtly stated upfront as part of the quote. Examples of such activity include extra fees for acting on a new-build transaction, or for CHAPS transfers (bank fees).

How to precisely compare Aldershot solicitor conveyancing quotes

It is critical that you are careful when attempting to compare Aldershot conveyancers' quotes, because of the detail that might be in the small print or dressed up in incomprehensible jargon. If there is anything you don't understand or is not expressed clearly, don't be afraid to question it, requesting the response in writing.

Read our incisive list of potential fees that underlines what you need to be aware of in the solicitors' contractual terms when looking for any of those further charges (e.g. fees for arranging indemnity insurance).

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The conveyancing process

  • Deciding on your quote - Whilst it is possible to carry out the legal process yourself, the vast majority of us do not have enough legal experience or knowledge, opting instead to instruct a property lawyer. Besides which, you will not possess the indemnity insurance that all legal firms are obliged to carry in order to protect you from the impact of any errors made.

    When you are looking at quotes, it is important to check the terms and conditions for any hidden fees prior to instructing your solicitor, so that you know precisely what you are signing up to, notwithstanding the recent transparency legislation.

  • Appointing a solicitor - First, you will have to officially engage your preferred Aldershot solicitor. To do this, you will need to ensure that the terms have none of the aforementioned hidden conveyancing costs (such as charges for acting on behalf of the mortgage company) before you sign them. If you are unsure about any of the details in the terms and condition, ask your solicitor to explain them in writing, so that, should there be an issue later, you can use their response to clarify the position.

  • Pre-contract stage - Pre-contract enquiries are sent, which might include a review of the title documents, as well as a check to verify that the seller is legally allowed to sell the property. Additionally, at the same time, the draft contract itself is prepared. Following receipt of the property information questionnaire (PIQ), additional enquiries will also be raised with the seller's property lawyer.

  • Commissioning your survey - A good RICS surveyor, with experience of surveying property in Aldershot, will determine whether there are any structural issues with the house you are proposing to buy (e.g. pitched-roof problems, unsupported chimney breasts, or boundary issues). RICS surveyors based in Aldershot will also be aware of any general factors from the location that might impact your property, including thatched roofs.

  • Searches in Aldershot - Environmental, Drainage and Water, Chancel Liability, and Local Authority are the principal, typical searches that mortgage lenders will require in order to service your loan application. These enquiries cover many issues, including any outstanding planning permission connected to the structure, or whether the church has a right to request you to finance the upkeep of their buildings.

  • Exchange of contracts - When the seller and purchaser are satisfied with the contract, both sides sign their copies. The buyer then pays the agreed deposit (in most cases, this will be 10% of the confirmed sale price, but this will be agreed pre-exchange).

  • Completion - This usually happens on a set date, when the seller's lawyer has confirmed that they are in receipt of any remaining money due. The buyer can then pick up the keys to their new home, usually from the estate agent.

Why not try our online quote calculator? Or call us on 0800 038 6886 to talk to one of our advisers.

Local government and council tax for Aldershot

Aldershot is administered by the Rushmoor Borough Council (Conservative-controlled as of the local elections in 2015). Council Tax brackets for the tax year 2019/2020 are:

  • Band A - £1,140.31
  • Band B - £1,330.35
  • Band C - £1,520.41
  • Band D - £1,710.46
  • Band E - £2,090.56
  • Band F - £2,470.66
  • Band G - £2,850.77
  • Band H - £3,420.92

This means that council tax charges are 2%-3% higher than the average for the rest of the country.

Information retrieved on 14 May 2019 from the Rushmoor Borough Council website.

Help to Buy in Aldershot

This government-sponsored scheme aims to assist homebuyers with three ways of purchasing a property:

  • Help to Buy ISA - if you are a first-time buyer and don't own any other property (anywhere in the world), and you don't have another cash ISA opened in the same tax year, when you buy your first home, the solicitor will apply for the government bonus on your behalf when closure of your Home to Buy ISA used to buy the property is confirmed.
  • Help to Buy: Equity Loan - if you have no other property and are buying a newly-built home, the government will provide 20% of the cost of the house (up to a maximum of £600,000), leaving you with the saved 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage to cover the remainder. This is open to current homeowners and first-time buyers, and the home cannot be sublet nor can it be used in a part-exchange deal.
  • Help to Buy: Shared Ownership - if your household earns less than £80,000, you could be eligible for this scheme, which allows you to buy between 25% and 75% of the home's value, while the government pays the remainder on which you would then pay rent.

(information retrieved from HM Government's Help to Buy website on 16 April 2019).

Contact the Money Advice Service, the government's Help to Buy website, or your local 'Help to Buy' agent for more information.

To find out how In-Deed can help with the legal side of the various Help to Buy schemes and what it means to your planned property purchase, give our helpful advisers a quick now on 0800 038 6886 and get your conveyancing kick-started today.