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

Chadwick Lawrence LLP

The solicitor was very helpful and had time to answer our questions on several occasions. As first time buyers this was our first experience of the process of purchasing a property and although not taken to completion, we have only praise for Karen and her work in finding the hidden restriction that neither the seller or estate agent claimed to be aware of.The process of what appeared to be an automatic text messaging system for keeping us up to date on the progress was better than no information and although some things had to be explained over the phone it meant we did not have to chase anyone for updates. We will be using Chadwick Lawrence LLP for our next attempt to purchase a property and will recommend its services to others.. Client, NG34. Rating: rating: 5 stars April, 2014

Beaumont Legal

Janet Harrison who dealt with the final stages of the sale was particularly helpful and supportive. The online webpages with estimated dates of each stage were of little use. The dates that were entered seem to make little sense. Overall I should recommend Beaumont Legal to any of my friends. I used them in the purchase of my current property in Jan 2102 as well as the sale of my old property in Feb 2013. Both transactions went through smoothly and efficiently. The fees were also very reasonable given the high level of service provided.. Client, NE2. Rating: rating: 5 stars February, 2013

The Legal House

Thank You, your professional and efficient service were outstanding, no hesitation in recommending. . Client, NG18. Rating: rating: 5 stars September, 2012

Birchall Blackburn

The selling experience was awful but this was due to the seller and not my solicitor. She did her upmost and I was very impressed. We both suffered from issues created by the seller.. Client, ME10. Rating: rating: 5 stars June, 2013

Ross Coates Solicitors

On the whole no fuss... You have done two properties for us. Only a little comment ' you gave us notice to get the funds to you too late, and we werent able to get them to you on time, which caused a slight hick'up with the developers who thought they may not get paid! . Client, ST7. Rating: rating: 5 stars December, 2011

Chadwick Lawrence LLP

Quick response normally within 24 hours. Professional,friendly and helpful would recommend to friends.. Client, RG2. Rating: rating: 5 stars November, 2010