Purchase of a Freehold House

Property Price Range Estimated Fee VAT Total
0 to 100,000 625 125 750
100,001 to 150,000 675 135 810
150,001 to 200,000 750 150 900
200,001 to 250,000 800 160 960
250,001 to 300,000 900 180 1080
300,001 to 350,000 975 195 1,170
350,001 to 400,000 1,000 200 1,200
400,001 to 450,000 1,065 213 1,278
450,001 to 500,000 1,125 225 1,350
500,001 to 600,000 1,165 233 1,398
600,001 to 700,000 1,265 253 1,518
700,001 to 800,000 1,365 273 1,638
800,001 to 900,000 1,465 293 1,758
900,001 to 1,000,000 1,565 313 1,878

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including registration at the Land Registry and the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property is in Wales.

In addition there are other expenses (called disbursements) that you may have to pay

Disbursements are costs, such as search fees, related to your case that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below.

Usual disbursements are:-

These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

There will be a charge of £30 (including VAT) for each electronic money transfer fee. Usually, on a purchase only one fee is charged for tranferring the purchase money to the seller’s conveyancer.

Buying a house for £200,000

Our fee 750
VAT 150
Our fee for acting for your Lender 110
VAT 22
Searches (estimated) 350
Land Registry 95
Bank charges 25
VAT on Bank charges 5
Sub-total 1,602

Then add:-

Stamp Duty or Land Tax

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website here. Click below to see how much tax you have to pay –

SDLT Rates or if the property is in Wales: Welsh Land Tax

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8-12 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 12 weeks or longer.

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, set below we have set out some of the key stages:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s conveyancer
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • See you so that you can sign the final contract
  • Draft Transfer
  • Advise you on joint ownership
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • Agree completion date (the date on which you will own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

* Our fee assumes that:

  1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen issues arise including, for example, (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  2. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise
  3. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  4. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.
  5. the seller’s title is already registered at the Land Registry. If not, then there will be additional costs.