How to Break Down Your Conveyancing Quote

Quotes for conveyancing can be complex , and come with a range of costs and variables in the quotes. This guide aims to provide you an explanation of these costs as well as the purpose for which they are and why they are essential.

Conveyancing costs are divided into two components that are legal fees and disbursements. Legal fees represent the price that the solicitor has to pay for his time. The fees are fixed and for the transaction that are incurred by the solicitor in order to carry out the task.

Legal Fees

Legal charges are the largest factor between estimates, as they take into consideration the specific conditions of the transaction as well as the goals you want to accomplish. Curzon Green Curzon Green use a sliding scale that is based on the purchase or sale cost as it is the most economical method of providing an accurate estimate for the job that is involved.


Disbursement refers to the expenses that the solicitor incurs on behalf of you. Disbursements are generally identical regardless of the choice of solicitor since they typically are fixed fees. The amount of money you pay will depend on whether you’re selling or purchasing.

The cash payments that are attributed to an auction are in the following order:

Land Registry Office Copies: (£6 – £12)

These documents are issued by the sellers to the buyers in order to prove they are indeed the legitimate rightful owner of property you’re intending to sell.

Telegraphic Transfer Cost: (£20 + Vat)

This cost is required to make a same-day transfer, which is a requirement of the sale, if you are a homeowner.

The payments related to purchases are in the following order:

Bankruptcy Search: (£2 per name)

As a standard, and as a part of the mortgage agreement the lender will ask for this check to verify whether you’ve been declared bankruptcy.

Local Authority Searches (Standard Pack Standard Pack Drainage, Environmental and Local Authority): (£250)
They are typically carried out as part of a regular conveyance. The search is specifically designed to bring out any crucial details about the property as well as the area surrounding it. The drainage search makes sure your property’s connection to both fresh and foul water drains. The environmental search will reveal the presence of any contaminants within close proximity to the property. The local search will reveal whether there are any permits for building work on the property, or whether there are local council plans that could interfere with you enjoyment from the house.

Local search results: (£40 to £250)

These searches are specific to a specific location and, depending on the location the property you’re buying is located, they might not be necessary in any way. These searches are especially important in the event of an occurrence of mining in the vicinity. The most popular types of these include salt, coal, brine limestone, and Tin mining searches. It is possible to search on the website for further information about these searches.

Chancel Repair Liability Search: (£20)

Chancel Liability is an legal requirement on homeowners within England as well Wales to make repairs to the church’s local parish. It is essential to ensure whether you are required to pay for any church-related maintenance projects because it can be very costly.

Fees for Land Registration

This is a fixed amount which will be based on the cost of purchasing the property. There are two tabs of fees dependent on the interest that is recorded at the Land Registry. The fees are listed below.

Titles to land Registry cost for the acquisition of a title in entirety:

£0-80,000 £20
£80,001-100,000 £40
£100,001-200,000 £95
£200,001-500,000 £135
£500,001-1,000,000 £270
£1,000,000 + £455

The Land Registry fee is for the purchase of a title that is larger:

£0-80,000 £40
£80,001-100,000 £80
£100,001-200,000 £190
£200,001-500,000 £270
£500,001-1,000,000 £540
£1,000,000 + £910

The reason the prices on the table in second row are slightly more is because it is the Land Registry is required to alter the title on the existing one and to create a brand new title number based on the current plot.

Stamp Duty

The tax is that is based on the price of purchase of the property being questioned. The funds are paid in the form of HM Revenue & Customs. The HMRC website has additional helpful information about this.

Other Disbursements

It’s always hard to predict every single expense that might arise during the process of conveyancing. But it is sensible to know about any costs like Indemnity Insurance and any fees for replacement certificates of works done at the property. Your solicitor will be able to advise you if any additional charges arise.

Things to think about when preparing the quotes you receive for conveyancing

The selling and buying of homes is a costly undertaking and the majority of clients always seek the lowest price. It is essential to be aware of the figures above when evaluating the quotes. Those that fall beyond the guidelines should be considered with care. Some companies may only mention legal costs, even though they may appear to be less expensive, the expenses may not have been clearly explained or considered.

It is a good idea to obtain a variety of quotations from various firms, and to go with an individual recommendation instead of simply relying on the estate Agents suggested solicitor without further research.