Sale of House
Up to £500,000 £1,500 plus VAT (at 20%)
£500,001 - £750,000 £1,500 - £1,750 plus VAT (at 20%)
Over £750,000 Fee on request
In addition, we charge a Bank Transfer Fee of £30 plus VAT (at 20%) for administering each bank transfer.
We also handle the payment of third party expenses. Invariably, this would be the purchase of Title Entries and Title Plan from the Land Registry (£6).
What is covered
Our Legal Fees cover the work required to complete the sale of your home and assume that:
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.
the property is currently held under a single freehold title at the Land Registry with no title defects.
the property is being sold with vacant possession.
the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise.
all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from anyone providing documentation.
no indemnity policies are required. Please note that additional disbursements may apply if they are.
the property has the requisite Planning or Building Regulations Consents.
The amount of work required can vary significantly from one transaction to another. There are many factors involved and it is only once we have spoken to you that we will have an idea of what your transaction involves. Our fees may therefore increase from those we have indicated above, for example, if the transaction is urgent, you request home visits, out-of-hours or weekend meetings, there is a long chain of sales which need to be co-ordinated etc.
What we do not advise on
We do not give advice on the following matters: Tax, financial planning, laws of any jurisdiction other than England and Wales.
Key stages and typical timescales
HOW LONG WILL MY SALE TAKE?
How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you complete your sale will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes approximately three months.
It can be quicker or slower, depending on such factors as:
The other parties in the chain.
A transaction in the chain falling through.
Difficulties or delays in obtaining information for the buyer's solicitors.
Any defects in the Title to the property that require rectification prior to exchange.
The property lacking any requisite Planning or Building Regulations Consents.
Difficulties in the buyer arranging a mortgage.
A property under construction.
A buyer's survey report recommending further investigations prior to exchange.
It is a newly-built property.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of additional factors.
What are the key stages?
The precise stages involved in the sale of a house vary according to the circumstances. However, some key stages involved are:
STAGE ONE: PRE-EXCHANGE
Taking your instructions and giving you initial advice.
Carrying out client identification and Anti-Money Laundering checks.
Sending you various information Forms to complete including a Property Information Form and Fittings and Contents Form.
Writing to your estate agent and the buyer's solicitors to confirm that we act for you.
Preparing the contract and submitting it with your Information Forms, Title documentation and any other supporting documents to the buyer's solicitors.
Negotiating the sale contract with the buyer's solicitors.
Obtaining any further Planning or Building Regulations Consents from the Local Authority, if required.
Dealing with any additional enquiries of the buyer's solicitors.
Buyer's solicitors to confirm that they have no further enquiries and are in receipt of a mortgage offer (if applicable).
Meeting with you and arranging for you to sign the contract.
Agreeing a completion date with the buyer, usually via the estate agent.
STAGE TWO: EXCHANGE
Exchanging contracts with the buyer's solicitors and notifying you that this has happened. At this point, you have contracted to sell the property on the agreed completion date.
STAGE THREE: POST-EXCHANGE/PRE-COMPLETION
Agreeing the Transfer document with the buyer's solicitors.
Sending you the agreed Transfer document to sign and return to us in readiness for completion.
Obtaining a redemption statement from your lender and a commission invoice from your estate agent.
Sending you our Financial Statement with our invoice detailing the sale proceeds and the money that will be deducted on completion from those proceeds ie our legal fees and expenses, any estate agents' commission and the amount required to redeem any mortgage.
STAGE FOUR: COMPLETION
Completing your sale with the buyer's solicitors, notifying you accordingly and confirming to your estate agent that the keys may be released to the buyer.
Sending the Transfer and any other relevant documents to the buyer's solicitors.
Paying the estate agents' commission and redeeming your mortgage.
Transferring the net sale proceeds to you on the day of completion.