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Moving Home Costs

Our award-winning conveyancing team understand the pressure and anxiety that can be associated with buying or selling property. That’s why we offer complete transparency about our conveyancing fees and a range of fixed fee services with no hidden costs.

You can also get an online estimate for our conveyancing services for buying or selling a property depending on your needs.

How to budget for moving home

If you are buying a property, you will need to budget for a number of additional costs beyond the purchase price. These may include:

  • Solicitors’ or ‘conveyancing’ fees for your property purchase. Complete our online form for an estimate. These fees will cover:
    • all the contract work and:
    • searches, including local, mining, drainage, water and environmental search, as well as Land Registry title searches.
  • Solicitors’ fees to sell your existing property, unless you are a first-time buyer.
  • A survey – your mortgage lender will conduct a survey to confirm the approximate value of the property, but most buyers also conduct a more-detailed to survey to fully understand condition of the property they are aiming to buy.
  • A mundic test, depending on the age and location of the property you are buying.
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax for properties over £250,000 or over £425,000 for first-time buyers.
  • Ground rent and service charges for a leasehold property. Please note that there may well be other fees for buying and selling leasehold properties that are charged by your management company and/or landlord.
  • Mortgage fees, including fees for a remortgage – you can often choose to bundle these into the mortgage sum borrowed, though that does mean you will pay interest on the fee for the lifetime of the mortgage.
  • Removal costs: it is worth shopping around to find the best price and service.
  • Professional cleaning costs and any maintenance and repairs on your existing property.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list – other legal issues may come to light during our title investigations, such as a defective title indemnity policy, that may mean further expenditure.

Fees for conveyancing

Whatever the property you are buying, we understand that you want clarity about the cost of legal fees – transparency and no hidden extras – including if you buying property through and affordable housing scheme.

To make things easier, we offer a range of fixed fee services. Alternatively, we will provide you with a comprehensive estimate based on our understanding of your requirements.

First-time Buyers Stamp Duty Land Tax Relief

Most property purchases are subject to a special tax called Stamp Duty Land Tax. However, if you are a first-time buyer, you will only need to pay this tax if the purchase price of your property exceeds £425,000. For purchases between £425,001.00 and £625,000.00, Stamp Duty Land Tax is charged at 5% on the portion above £425,001. There is no relief for first-time buyers buying over £625,000.00.

To qualify, you need to fulfil certain criteria. Call our conveyancing team for more information.

Team

Sarah Cowley

Head of Residential Property

Kathryn Shaw

Associate

Laura Noble

Associate

Sophie Jones

Associate

Emma Pearce

Licensed Conveyancer

Hannah Knight

Paralegal

Heidi Start

Solicitor

Lianne Priest

Solicitor

Mary Wright

Chartered Legal Executive

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Sarah Cowley

Head of Residential Property

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