Explaining solicitors fees for selling a house

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Solicitors Fees For Selling A House - Explained

The fees that a solicitor will charge you for selling a house will fall in to TWO main categories:

The Legal Fee

The first category is the legal fee. The legal fee is the fee the solicitor will charge you for their professional services. They can quote you a fixed price for this, as they know with a reasonable degree of certainty how much work is involved in a typical conveyancing case.

legal fee for selling a house


The second category is the disbursements. Disbursements are where all of the other costs and charges will be buried. This will include some unavoidable charges, such as the Land Registry fee (which is fixed) and the cost of searches. However, some solicitors hide other charges here such as: completion of forms, photocopying fees and other such items. You need to watch out carefully for this.

disbursements for selling a house

VAT (Value Added Tax)

Some items on your quotation will not attract VAT - and therefore your TOTAL will contain a mixture of VAT, vatable charges, and non-vatable charges. This is why your total may look lower than expected.

Included Items

Be careful AgentQuote.co.uk quotations include the following items:

  • No-completion no-legal-fee

  • Redemption of your existing mortgage

  • Professional indemnity

  • Dealing with your mortgage lender

  • All postage and printing

  • Completion of your stamp duty land tax (SDLT) form

Many other conveyancing comparison websites don't include these items in your fee - and will either not show them on your quotation (and charge for them later) or will add them as extra chages on your quotation.

included items

Good News

The good news is this: The AgentQuote solicitors show you a totally transparent quote, with no unfair, hidden costs. The price you see is the price you pay.

Get quotes, and view the details to a full disclosure and breakdown of fees and charges.

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Customer Reviews & Comments

Edward Hands And Lewis

All points actioned promptly. Mortgage Broker, LE4. Rating: rating: 5 stars April, 2014

Ross Coates Solicitors

Josie Quinn was really professional and answered all my numerous questions.. Client, KT66. Rating: rating: 5 stars May, 2012

Ross Coates Solicitors

I would recommend Ross Coates Solicitors and would like to thank Louise Bolton for all her work. Sadly the purchase did not happen, due to mortgage problems, but Louise kept me informed of all the issues that were raised. I was not charged the full amount (as the purchase fell through) so I only paid for the searches etc. I shall be using them again and would recommend Louise. . Client, EN9. Rating: rating: 5 stars August, 2013

In House HIP (home information pack)

We would like to thank you for the way you helped us with our hip pack. You were very helpful on the telephone and patient.. Mortgage Broker, HP19. Rating: rating: 5 stars May, 2009

Chadwick Lawrence LLP

Jenny was friendly and helpful. She dealt with what was a quite difficult situation at times. Chadwick Lawrence were inexpensive yet generally good to communicate with ' for instance all calls during business hours are routed to a secretary/receptionist rather than an automated system, and they used emails to communicate rather than solely relying on post. They also have a site that provides milestone updates for your case, which was helpful in terms of helping you understand what has been done and what remains. Whilst they were busy at times and took a little while to respond, this was also the case for conveyancers on my past 3 moves who all were much more expensive. I also noted Jenny would often respond to emails very late in the evening or early in the morning, which was appreciated. In short Id certainly recommend them to anyone seeking conveyancing services.. Client, PO8. Rating: rating: 5 stars November, 2012

Chadwick Lawrence LLP

Jenny has been fantastic, very patient and supportive and has worked hard to keep us both updated with progress and also chased other parties solicitors and estate agents for updates through what has been a very difficult house move. First class service! . Client, S18. Rating: rating: 5 stars December, 2011