How Much Do Conveyancing Fees Cost When Selling?

Written by Millie Archer

I love all things property and have a real eye for detail. I’m always reading up on property news, whether it be renting a first property or buying a mansion.

We explore what conveyancing fees are, what they cost and how you may be able to avoid them altogether...

It’s no secret that selling a house is a long and costly process. We all know we’ve got to pay advertising fees, estate agent fees, conveyancing fees, the list goes on…

But what are conveyancing fees, and how much do they cost when it comes to selling a house? A great question! In fact, it’s probably the reason you’ve ended up here!

We’re going to talk you through what conveyancing fees are, what the average cost of them is and how they’re calculated. Alongside this, we’re also going to go through whether or not you can negotiate on cost and how you could avoid these fees altogether…

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What are conveyancing fees?

Conveyancing fees are what you will pay to make sure the legal side of the house sale is handled and completed correctly. The fees are often split into two parts; the legal fees (charged by the solicitor or conveyancer for actually doing the work) and the disbursements (which is what third parties charge for services).

When looking at conveyancing fees, you may come across ‘fixed fee conveyancing’. This means you will have a pre-agreed price for the conveyancing, and it won’t change throughout the process.

With fixed fee conveyancing, you need to ensure that you’re clear on what the fee is covering, as it may only cover the basic conveyancing fees and not the disbursements.

You could also see if your chosen conveyancer offers a no sale no fee service. This works in a similar way to no sale no fee estate agents, in that if the sale was to fall through you wouldn’t have to pay the conveyancing fees.

What are the main disbursements?

  • Anti-money laundering checks – Carried out by your conveyancer to verify your identity and ensure you’re not money laundering
  • Title deeds – For selling your property, you will need to get a copy of the Title Register and filed Title Plan held by The Land Registry. The title deeds prove you’re the owner of the property. If you’re selling a leasehold property, this cost will be more than a freehold
  • Searches – Local authority searches apply more when you’re buying a house than selling. Searches will include things like drainage or environmental searches and also planning searches
  • Transferring ownership – This conveyancing fee goes to The Land Registry for transferring the ownership of the property from your name to your buyer’s name on the deeds
  • Telegraphic transfer or bank transfer fee – This is a cost required when your conveyancer needs to transfer money, including when they’re going to pay the final sale funds into your account

What is the average cost of conveyancing fees?

According to Compare My Move, the average conveyancing fees in 2021 are £1,046, when selling a house priced at the UK average of £251,000.

Your conveyancing fees will vary amongst different solicitors and will be based on:

  • The value of the property you’re selling
  • Whether you’re just selling or selling and buying another house at the same time
  • Whether you’re paying fixed conveyancing fees or paying for the work completed per hour

We’re going to go more into how conveyancing fees are calculated later on, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

To give you an idea of the average cost of conveyancing fees when selling, take a look at the table below:

 What to expect  Average solicitor fee
 Solicitor’s Legal Fee  £948
 Bank Transfer Fee  £40
 Title Deeds Copy  £6
 Anti-money Laundering Checks  £6
 Additional conveyancing fees for selling:  
 house repayments Property Supplement Fee  £100
 Leasehold Property Supplement Fee  £150
 Leasehold Management Information Pack  £150-£500
 Unregistered Property Fee  £100-£200

Figures taken from Compare My Move

Please bear in mind, the average conveyancing costs will probably incur further fees if you’re selling a leasehold property.

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Do you pay upfront for conveyancing fees?

For selling a property, you will likely have to pay a small amount of the conveyancing fees upfront. You will then pay the rest of the fees either throughout the process and on completion.

Having said this, each conveyancer will be different, and some will demand the full conveyancing fees upfront, whereas others may not ask for the amount until the property sale completes – when you will pay will be reliant on which conveyancer you choose.

There may be some room to negotiate when you pay the conveyancing fees, so it’s always worth speaking to your conveyancer about this.

How are conveyancing fees calculated?

As we mentioned earlier, your conveyancing fees will be calculated based on a few different aspects. These are:

  • The price of the property
  • Whether the property is freehold or leasehold
  • If you’re selling with a house repayments
  • Whether you’re just selling or selling and buying another house at the same time
  • Whether you’re paying fixed conveyancing fees or paying for the work completed per hour

Your conveyancing fees will also depend upon the firm you choose to use and whether they charge per hour or whether they have a fixed fee.

If you want to get an instant quote for conveyancing fees, you can use this conveyancing fees calculator to get a more accurate quote for your individual sale.

Can you negotiate conveyancing fees?

As a seller, it’s easy to forget that the conveyancing process is actually very lengthy, meaning solicitors are unlikely to be unfairly charging high prices, making negotiation a little difficult.

The only real negotiation you can do when it comes to conveyancing fees is asking your solicitor to give you a fixed fee rather than an hourly, as this should work out slightly cheaper.

You will need to bear in mind if you do negotiate your conveyancing fees to be slightly lower, the disbursements most likely won’t be included, so you will need to take this into account when trying to get a better ‘deal’.

Now, you’re probably wondering, ‘if I’m able to slightly negotiate conveyancing fees, is there a way to avoid them altogether?’ Well hold that thought, we’re just about to get onto that…

Can you avoid conveyancing fees?

So, after seeing the cost of conveyancing fees, the burning question is can you avoid conveyancing fees altogether? Well – we have some good news…

Yes, there is a way you can sell your house and completely avoid all conveyancing fees and that method is…

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Here at The Property Buying Company, we’re a cash buyer of houses, buying any property in any location. Alongside offering you CASH for your property, we cover all the fees associated with selling your house – yes that does mean no conveyancing fees!

As well as covering all your fees, we will complete your house sale in a FAST time scale to suit you, with our average completion time being 2 to 3 weeks. That’s two things that no other sales method can offer you!

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We also don’t pull out of our sales – once you’ve accepted our cash offer you have a guaranteed sale, with your receiving the full amount in cash in your bank ASAP!

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