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

Chadwick Lawrence LLP

I was Mrs Winifred Kearns Executor and I chose Chadwick Lawrence having had a very good experience with them on another matter in 2011. Jenny Newsum delt with the sale of Mrs Kearns house for me and I have been very pleased with her efficiency in all respects over what seemed to be a contracted period. Paperwork was always received quickly and I always got helpful responces promptly to any queries I raised. Overall I have been very pleased with the service I have received from Chadwick Lawrence and would always use them again and would definately recommend them to friends. Thank you. David Baker. Client, PL16. Rating: rating: 5 stars March, 2013

Mackenzie Jones Solicitors Limited

We found Katie really helpful and she gave really good advice, especially when we hit some problems in the buying process. We were on quite a tight timeframe and Katie made every effort to deal with things as quickly as possible. We also found the automatic system really good for being able to keep track of what stage things were at, so as soon as things like searches had been done we could see it online. . Client, E15. Rating: rating: 5 stars September, 2012

Ingrams Solicitors

A tricky sale so thanks for all your help. Client, HP22. Rating: rating: 5 stars August, 2012

Beaumont Legal

I am very pleased with the whole process. Everything was done prompt on time. Deborah and Team have provided me excellent service. I will definitely recommend Beaumont Legal in my known circle. Happy New Year 2012!! Best Wishes, Saroj . Client, GU51. Rating: rating: 5 stars January, 2012

Beaumont Legal

Emma Newby and her team were helpful with prompt responses to emails and readily available when telephoning. The text message and email progress reports were most useful. A most efficient service and postive experience. I have no hestitation in recommending Beaumont Legel.. Client, DA16. Rating: rating: 5 stars July, 2011

Beaumont Legal

Dear all, We are satisfied with the actions taken by our solicitor in this conveyancing. We felt that she was thorough and well organized in her searches and checks. One remark only, some of the search results could have been delivered earlier than with the contract to give us more time to read them through. Best Regards,. Client, . Rating: rating: 5 stars January, 2012