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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good, speedy service.. Mortgage Broker, HP14. Rating: rating: 5 stars May, 2009

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All documents were sent out to me promptly.I will be using your services when I sell my property.. Client, WF3. Rating: rating: 5 stars June, 2013

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Its early to say as no issues have cropped up yet, however they seemed thorough but I felt that, at times, I was driving along the process by contacting them and checking what had to be done, rather than them doing it of their own accord.. Client, N1. Rating: rating: 5 stars July, 2010

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A genuinely superb service from Sarah and her team. Excellent communications and a totally professional approach resulted in us quickly overcoming initial nerves at using solicitors we had not spoke too. Sarahs personal touch was particularly evident during a sticky time towards the end of the sale where her calm, experienced and thorough approach ensured that the seller did not cut the corners they wanted. The whole purchase went through very quickly, due in the main to the efforts of our solicitors. We cannot recommend Sarah enough. Our deepest thanks. Phil and Jane. Client, SG17. Rating: rating: 5 stars October, 2010

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