What is conveyancing, and why do you need it when buying or selling property?

Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring ownership when you buy or sell a property. Conveyancing is carried out by a conveyancing solicitor or licensed conveyancer.

Once you have found a property to buy, or have found a buyer for your home, you will need to instruct a solicitor or conveyancer to handle the conveyancing work.

Before you instruct a solicitor or conveyancer, you should get a conveyancing quote so you know what you will need to pay to complete your property sale or purchase.

What is a conveyancing quote?

A conveyancing quote should set out the legal fees and disbursements that you will pay when buying or selling a property.

Legal fees are paid to your solicitor or licensed conveyancer for completing the legal work.

Disbursements are third-party costs, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and property searches.

A conveyancing quote should set out these fees and disbursements in detail, so you can review them and budget accordingly before you instruct a solicitor.

A conveyancing quote should also confirm whether the quote is for a No Move, No Fee conveyancing service.

Obtaining an online conveyancing quote only takes a minute - but understanding what is and isn't included in the quote can be complicated.

How do I get a conveyancing quote?

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What should a conveyancing quote include?

You will need to see the quote in writing so you:

  • know exactly what is and is not included in the quote
  • know what the solicitor considers to be additional chargeable work
  • can read the terms and conditions (which often include additional fees)

Conveyancing is a complex process with many moving parts. As a result, there is a lot of variation between solicitors, in what they consider to be part of the standard conveyancing process:

Conveyancing quotes for buying a home

A conveyancing quote for a homebuyer should include all of the legal work required to investigate the legal title of the property, report back to the client, transfer ownership to the new owner and carry out the registration formalities with HM Land Registry (HMLR).

Sometimes there are elements of the legal work that one solicitor would include as part of the process, where another solicitor would charge extra.

Examples of typical additional fees charged by some solicitors are:

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax form fee
  • Deed of assignment
  • Arranging an indemnity policy
  • Exchanging contracts within a week of completion

The key point is to read the terms and conditions accompanying the quote carefully. This way you know what the potential additional fees could be.

All of the above fees are included in our fixed-fee promise*.

Conveyancing quotes for selling a home

A conveyancing quote for a home seller should include all of the legal work required to collate all necessary information, prepare the contract of sale, reply to the buyer's solicitor's enquiries and carry out the transfer of legal ownership to the buyer.

As with conveyancing for homebuyers, there are sometimes elements of the conveyancing work that one solicitor would include as part of the process, where another solicitor would charge extra. The key point is to read the terms and conditions carefully.

Our fixed-fee promise* means that you pay exactly what you are quoted.

What are disbursements?

In addition to the legal fees paid to your solicitor, you will also have to pay ‘disbursements’.

Not to be confused with legal fees, disbursements are third party costs incurred by the solicitor on your behalf.

Examples of disbursements are:

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)
  • Land Registry fees
  • Property searches

Disbursements should be passed on to you at cost and must not be marked up by the solicitor. Disbursements should be the same no matter which conveyancing solicitor you choose.

How to use our online conveyancing quote

The conveyancing quote on the Quittance website is a quick and simple process that will generate an instant, fixed fee conveyancing quote.

To provide you with an accurate quote, we just need a few details about the property transaction.

Click here to get an online conveyancing quote.

What details do we need to provide an accurate quote?

The exact information we need to build an accurate conveyancing quote will depend on the service you require.

For example, if you are planning to buy a property, the quote process will ask you if you have a mortgage or whether you are a first-time buyer.

Property transaction details

Your conveyancing quote will vary depending on factors like:

  • The service you require (e.g. conveyancing for a sale, purchase or both)
  • Whether the property is freehold or leasehold
  • Whether there is a mortgage on the property

The quote process requires only basic details about the property transaction. Without this information, the legal fees and disbursements listed in the quote may not be accurate.

Personal details

To ensure we can provide an accurate and valid quote with fixed fee protection, you will only need to provide basic details; your name, contact number and email address.

With this information, your quote will be valid for 30 days.

Why do we need this information for a conveyancing quote?

The property transaction details are required in order to calculate the correct conveyancing legal fees and disbursements. Certain types of transaction require more work on the part of your conveyancing solicitor, so questions are asked during the quote process to ensure the correct legal fees are quoted.

Basic personal details are required in order to email you a copy of the online quote, and to streamline the process whenever you are ready to call and instruct a solicitor to handle your transaction.

If you have any questions about your quote, or about the conveyancing service, the basic information you provide will make it easy to identify your quote and answer your questions in more detail.

Are all conveyancing quotes fixed fee?

Conveyancing quotes do vary from firm to firm. Fees could be higher or lower, and the service offered for those fees may also vary. Some conveyancing firms offer fixed fees, and No Move, No Fee, and others do not.

These FAQs explain what you should consider when checking a quote:

Could I end up paying more than I am quoted?

Some solicitors still charge on an hourly rate basis. This means that you have no idea how much you will end up paying in legal fees.

Some solicitors add additional fees for work that would always be carried out as part of a standard conveyancing transaction. Additional fees can add £100's to your final conveyancing bill.

It is recommended that you choose a solicitor that provides a guaranteed fixed fee quote.

Even if the quote claims to be fixed fee, you should still confirm what is and is not included with the solicitor. It may be that the solicitor has listed "extras" in the small print that really should be included in the quote.

Quittance offers a fixed and all-inclusive legal fee service. The price you are quoted for legal fees is the price you pay.

How do I find a cheap conveyancing quote?

There are good, fast and cheap conveyancing solicitors, and slow, expensive property lawyers. Price is no guarantee of speed or service.

You should always check the terms and conditions of a conveyancing quote before you instruct a conveyancer.

A conveyancing quote may seem cheaper, but that could be for one of the reasons listed above; Is the quote actually an estimate? Is the quote missing a conveyancing cost that should be included as standard? Are fees fixed?

A quote from Quittance will include everything that should be included for standard conveyancing, with no hidden costs or disbursements.

Get an all-inclusive, fixed fee cheap conveyancing quote with our online conveyancing quote.

*Fixed fee promise

The fixed fee promise means that you pay exactly what you are quoted - based on the information you’ve provided to us being accurate.

A minority of transactions may require additional work beyond the scope of a standard conveyancing transaction (e.g. drafting a declaration of trust), that could not be foreseen when getting a quote.

A list of the potential additional charges for additional work over and above the standard conveyancing work can be found here. Your solicitor will let you know if any additional work is required and will only proceed only if you have consented to the additional work.

No Move, No Fee promise

In the event your property transaction falls through, you will not have to pay any of the solicitor's fixed legal fees for the work they have carried out.

To take advantage of our No Move, No Fee promise, a fee is included in your quote which is payable on deciding to proceed with your transaction.

Should your transaction fall through, for whatever reason, this amount can be held on account for your next transaction or the amount can be refunded in full.

How we can help you

If you are buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity in a home and need an expert conveyancing solicitor, we can take care of the legal side of your move.

We work with a panel of specialist conveyancing solicitors to deliver a stress-free moving experience.

  • No Move, No Fee Guarantee
  • Fixed fee conveyancing service
  • CQS-accredited panel solicitors
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