Selling

Anyone selling a property has to go through the conveyancing process. Conveyancing is the legal work that is carried out by the solicitors. For the seller this can be an exciting but at the same time stressful period as the purchase of your new home is often dependant on a successful sale of your current home.

Our dedicated team will help you through the complex and sometime confusing stages of selling a house. We’re with you every step of the way, from pre-contract right through to completion and it’s our job to make the whole process as smooth as possible.

We will try our utmost to cut out the legal jargon and explain the process in plain and simple language.

Every sale matter is different; we always work with your best interests in mind and attempt to help you through every stage of the process, contacting your estate agents (if you are using one) and organising the relevant documents to be signed including any legal certificates or guarantees.

We will also liaise with your buyer’s solicitor on your behalf and ensure any enquiries are dealt with swiftly.

We will help you through each stage of the selling process. The most important stages of the process have been explained and summarised for you below:

  • The property selling process
  • Exchanging contracts
  • Completion

Selling Process

Complete questionnaires

Before the exchange of contracts, you’ll need to complete a number of detailed questionnaires about the property and what you intend to include with the sale, which will be provided to you by us. You must fill these forms out truthfully and to the best of your knowledge. 

 

Draft contract and negotiations

We will then use the questionnaire information to draw up a draft contract. This is sent to the buyers Solicitors for their approval.

Our conveyancing solicitor will lead negotiations over the draft contract. Once all the elements of the contract are agreed, you will be in a position to pay off your mortgage on the property you’re selling. If there is no mortgage on the property, we will go straight to the exchanging of contracts.

 

Pay off your mortgage

Before exchange off contracts if you have a mortgage, we will request a redemption figure from your mortgage company. Your mortgage company will provide us with the mortgage redemption figure which needs to be paid on completion.

Exchange of contracts

This exchange of contract is done formally through a telephone conversation between solicitors. It defines price, date and the particulars of completion. Note the following:

  • Until the exchange of contracts, either party is free to withdraw from the transaction without penalty.
  • The buyer will have to pay part of the purchase price to their solicitor as a deposit to be held on your behalf. This can be forfeited, if the buyer fails to complete the contract.
  • Do not cancel your insurance cover until one of our solicitors advises you to do so.

Completion date

The day on which you are paid the money and hand over the keys is called the completion date. Note the following:

  • You must have emptied the property by that time, unless it has been agreed otherwise in writing between solicitors.
  • You must leave anything that the buyer has agreed to purchase.

Estimated time frame

The average time for a conveyancing transaction is between 8- 12 weeks. Completion can often take place earlier or later than the average time frame specified. The time period to complete a transaction depends on a range of factors which can include:  –

  • If the transaction is a chain transaction and the number of parties in that chain.
  • Search’s: if there is a delay in optioning any search or if a search result shows something unexpected
  • If there is a delay in mortgage offers being issued, or if the offer is incorrect
  • If the legal title to your property is complex
  • If there is a Management Company involved

We endeavour to keep you posted on the matter and will therefore keep you updated on any revised time period following our initial meeting.

Costs   

We offer a fixed fee for our conveyancing services which is based on the value of the property that you are selling. Our costs are broken down into legal costs and disbursements. Disbursements are third party costs, such as costs for land registry fees etc. The disbursements vary from case to case. We handle the payment of the disbursement on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Therefore, at the outset of the matter we will advise you of the fixed fee together with a breakdown of all disbursements, we will send you our terms and conditions so that we’re completely transparent at every step. Our quotes will give a breakdown of all charges and will then have a total figure, which is inclusive of VAT.

The legal costs on a conveyancing depends on the value of the property and the nature of the transaction.

The average legal cost for a property with a value between £50,000-£400,000 is between £350 – £950 plus vat. These figures may be higher if the transaction is complex.

On each transaction there are likely to be the following additional fees:

  • Land registry search
  • Land charges search
  • We make an additional charge of £30 plus VAT for each telegraphic transfer of monies that is required during the transaction.

An explanation of the likely disbursements and addition cost that may arise can be found here.

For further information please contact our offices for a free quotation. By contacting our offices, we will be able to provide you with a quote having discussed the potential features of the transaction.

 

What will our fees cover on a sale?

The fees we quote will cover the costs to complete the transaction.  This includes advising you, liaising with the buyer’s solicitors/mortgage provider, estate agents, HM Land Registry and all parties involved in the transaction. The fees will also include the drafting of any contract packages and all the paperwork involved during the entire selling process.

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