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.

Author: Terry Davies

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Customer Reviews & Comments

Harding Evans LLP

Sue and Kerry were very good and made the process seem easy. They were always available either via email or phone. I would have no problem recommending them and in fact we would use them to sell our old flat.. Client, SE3. Rating: rating: 5 stars May, 2012

Beaumont Legal

Client was happy with the service ' thank you. Mortgage Broker, TW11. Rating: rating: 5 stars January, 2012

Beaumont Legal

Great service; cost effective, quick, polite and far superior to previous experiences with other solicitors. Client, BA2. Rating: rating: 5 stars November, 2009

Nigel Broadhead Mynard

Richard Broadhead was always helpful whenever I needed to call or email. if he wasnt available then Jane or Tom were extremely helpful . Client, CT3. Rating: rating: 5 stars April, 2009

Mark Gilbert Morse

The service from MGM was excellent. Tamzin was very helpful and responsive, and always returned calls or emails promptly. She also helped suggest ways of limiting the additional costs that arose from my buyers solicitor requiring a Deed of Variation to the lease on my flat. Wouldnt hesitate to recommend.. Client, N12. Rating: rating: 5 stars March, 2012

Mark Gilbert Morse

Emma Liddle was excellent throughout the process and I was very impressed overall with the service received and with the speed at which she dealt with everything. However; negative points: 1)it took sometimes up to 48 hrs to get a response to an email b) the on line tracking system is a great idea, but wasnt kept up to date c) I was presented with a bill at the end 25% more than agreed ' there had been no mention during the process of additional work or fees. Apart from these areas, I would recommend. . Client, EC1N 7. Rating: rating: 5 stars March, 2012