Fixed Price Conveyancing Fees (Sales)

Sale of a FREEHOLD residential property

Our fees cover all of the work* required to complete the sale of your current home, including investigating title, drafting contract papers, dealing with additional enquiries raised by the buyer’s conveyancers, exchanging contracts, completing the sale and accounting to you and any mortgage lender.

Our Conveyancer's fees range from £875.00 (plus VAT of £175.00) to £1050.00 (plus VAT of £220.00), if the property is below £1,000.000. If the price is above £1,000,000 we will provide you with a bespoke estimate.

Our administration charges:  

  • Use of CHAPS money transfer system: £48.00 (including VAT)
  • Telephone and postage: £24.00 (including VAT)

There are in addition, a range of disbursements as follows:

  • Land Registry Entries: £6.00

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. If the Land Registry holds further relevant documents they charge £3 for each one.

On a small number of freehold properties where there are communal estate services and there is a management company they will charge a fee for providing sales information and for dealing with any additional Land Registry requirements on property sales. Should this be necessary the fees they charge vary significantly but can be anything from £150.00-£500.00 in our experience.

Estimated total, legal fees and disbursements inclusive of VAT between £1278.00 to £1838.00.

How long will my house sale take?

How long it will take from you accepting the buyer’s offer until the sale hascompleted will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6-10 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. 

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Apply for a specimen redemption statement from your mortgage lender if applicable
  • Investigate the legal title
  • Draft a contract and submit it with accompanying paperwork to the buyer’s solicitor
  • Receive and deal with any additional enquiries from the buyer’s solicitors
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Apply for a final redemption statement from your mortgage lender is applicable
  • Provide you with a final financial statement and invoice
  • Complete sale
  • Account to you for the sale proceeds, repay mortgage if applicable and other relevant third party expenses such as estate agent’s commission

Sale of a LEASEHOLD residential property

Our fees cover all of the work* required to complete the sale of your current home, including investigating title, drafting contract papers, obtaining information from your managing agent or freeholder, dealing with additional enquiries raised by the buyer’s conveyancers, exchanging contracts, completing the sale and accounting to you and any mortgage lender.

Our Conveyancer's fees range from £950.00 (plus VAT of £190.00) to £1200 (plus VAT of £240.00), if the property is below £1,000.000. If the property price is over £1,000,000 we will provide you with a bespoke estimate.

Our administration charges:

  • Use of CHAPS money transfer system: £48.00 (including VAT)
  • Telephone and postage: £24.00 (including VAT)

There are in addition, a range of disbursements as follows:

  • Land Registry Entries and copy documents: £9.00

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. If the Land Registry hold further relevant documents they charge £3 for each one.

If you have a managing agent or freeholder who manages and insures the building we will need to obtain a sales pack from them. They will make a charge for this. The cost of this varies but we would estimate £300-£600 based on what we deal with.

On a relatively small number of leasehold properties it is necessary to obtain a License to Assign which in basic terms is the freeholder’s consent to the sale to the buyer. Again costs vary significantly and again are usually in the range of £300-£600.

*These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents. Unfortunately as these are third party costs we have no control over these and we have seen a large rise in the average charge made by managing agents and freeholders over the last decade. Some of the disbursements are common, others less so.

Grand total £1,221.00 to £1,521.00 plus any fees charged by the managing agent or freeholder.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, we set out below the key stages for your information.

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Apply for a specimen redemption statement from your mortgage lender if applicable
  • Investigate the legal title
  • Apply for information pack from the managing agent or freeholder
  • Draft a contract and submit it with accompanying paperwork to the buyer’s solicitor
  • Receive and deal with any additional enquiries from the buyer’s solicitors
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Apply for a final redemption statement from your mortgage lender is applicable
  • Provide you with a final financial statement and invoice
  • Complete sale

How long will my flat sale take?

How long it will take from you accepting the buyer’s offer until the sale has completed will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8-12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain.

*Our fee assumes that:

a) this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
b) this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease and it is not necessary to formally vary the lease
c) the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
d) all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
e) no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required. 

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