Conveyancing

Whether you are buying or selling a house or a flat, we can offer you a professional and efficient Conveyancing service to help make the process as smooth and as fast as possible. We only use highly-qualified and experienced solicitors who are dedicated to providing a friendly and helpful service, wherever you live. The key to completing your Sale or Purchase at the earliest possible moment is teamwork. We work closely with the estate agents, the other party’s solicitors and above all – you – so that you’re in the picture at all times and in control. We pride ourselves on providing a quality and competitive personal service – our excellent reputation proves we deliver.

For your protection, we are longstanding Members of The Law Society and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Services

Our expert solicitors will be pleased to look after the following property transactions:-

  • Sale or Purchase of Freehold property
  • Sale or Purchase of Leasehold property (including flats and maisonettes)
  • Equity Release Schemes
  • Transfer of Equity on divorce or change of circumstances (adding or removing a name from deeds)
  • Buy-to-let sales and purchases
  • Shared ownership sales and purchases (including staircasing)
  • Re-mortgages
  • Auction sales and purchases
  • Residential Tenancy Agreements for Landlords and Tenants
  • Right to Buy (Council Property)

Home Information Packs (HIPs)

With effect from June 2010, HIPs have been abolished, but an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is still required. We can arrange an EPC at a competitive fixed cost to enable you to put your property on the market without delay.

Residential property conveyancing: Range of costs quotations

To obtain an estimate of our pricing please refer to the table shown further below. The fees quoted below are shown inclusive of VAT and cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England.

Freehold properties – fees range

Sale price up to £1,000,000 Purchase price up t£1,000,000 Sale/Purchase price over £1,000,000  
£900.00 (including VAT) £954.00 (including VAT) please call or email us for a bespoke quotation.

Leasehold properties – fees range

Sale price up to £1,000,000 Purchase price up to £1,000,000 Sale/Purchase price over £1,000,000
£1,020.00 (including VAT) £1,074.00 (including VAT) please call or email us for a bespoke quotation.

The figures quoted above (which all include VAT),  assume a straightforward transaction without unforeseen complexity or issues. If the matter becomes complex then there will be an additional fee, examples of which include (but are not limited to):

  • Where your mortgage lender instructs its own solicitor
  • Where your lease purchase includes the purchase of a share of the freehold
  • Where a lease extension is involved
  • Where freeholder consent for any reason may be required
  • Where there is a perceived defect in title
  • If leasehold, that it is the transfer of an existing lease and not the grant of a new lease
  • Shared ownership transactions
  • Missing or absentee landlords
  • Compulsory Purchase
  • Where a transaction is required to be expedited
  • Contract races
  • Sale/Purchase by auction

Obviously all cases are different and we will try our best to inform you as soon as we become aware of any feature that might have an impact on the quoted fee.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs (i.e. expenses), 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. The following comprise the usual disbursements:

  • Search fees – between £250.00 and £400.00 depending on the type and volume of searches required
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax – this depends upon a variety of factors . A calculation is available through the HMRC website
  • Land Registry fee – current fees are available through the Land Registry website
  • Electronic money transfer fee £48.00 inc. VAT
  • Managing Agents pack on sale of leasehold – this can only be ascertained on receipt of documents but the average charge is approximately £360.00 inc. VAT, but can vary depending on the Managing Agent or Freeholder
  • Notice and compliance fees on leasehold purchases – these can only be ascertained during the transaction but typically can range between £240.00 to £480.00 inc. VAT

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6 to 8 weeks but this can be longer or shorter depending on the number of parties in the chain and personal circumstances.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages.

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through the conditions of the mortgage offer with you
  • Send final Report to you with the contract for signature or see you face to face at our offices if convenient
  • Agree the completion date (date from which you own the property) with the sellers’ solicitor
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from the lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry
  • Deal with all post-completion notice requirements for leasehold property

Our People

  • Andrew Kormornick is the Director of this Company and has huge experience in all types of property transactions.
  • Wendy Franks is a Senior Solicitor with the Company and is a specialist in residential conveyancing.
  • We also have highly-experienced support staff who will be delighted to assist you.

Call us today on or contact us via our online enquiry form and one of our senior solicitors will be pleased to discuss your requirements.

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