Thank you for looking at our property services. Whether you are a first-time buyer or an investor, we are here to take the stress out of buying and selling residential property.
We will guide you through each step of your transaction and offer a service that that fits your exact requirements. Where necessary we can recommend other professionals such as Surveyors, IFA’s and property valuers.
At a time where money really matters, we always provide a quality service at a fair price. We will keep you up-to-date with all of the relevant information so you can make informed decisions and have complete confidence that every detail has been properly taken care of.
We have an experienced team who understand the stress involved in buying, selling or re-mortgaging your property. Our approach is simple; we provide a first-class service from our expert team who make the difference by removing confusion and uncertainty, dealing with all of the legal details of a property transaction on your behalf.
Our team is made up of highly qualified and experienced legal advisors and support staff who have the legal and technical “know how” to resolve any issues as they arise in a professional and efficient manner. We understand that communication is key, so will make sure we are always available to answer your questions in plain English and ensure you are kept up-to-date with everything you need to know.
You will have the confidence that you are our priority, with our aim being that a member of the team is available to speak with you when you need some clarity and certainty at any stage in the process. We feel this provides reassurance and gives you an outlet for any concerns that you may have. Potentially this is the biggest investment of your life and we not only want to provide that first-class service, but value for money and no hidden fees.
We are proud to hold Lexcel and CQS Accreditations, issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain high levels of client care.
The fees involved in any transaction are important and we review our fees on a regular basis, considering clients’ feedback so we can make sure we always offer the best value for your money.
No two properties are exactly the same, and our fees will reflect the particular requirements of your purchase. For example, dealing with an older property which has had many alterations made to it, or a new build property in the first phase of development, may, because of the added complexities, cost more than dealing with a modern freehold property on an established development.
Because of this, we can’t give you a reliable estimate of the cost of us helping you until we have details of your intended purchase. But our fees for house purchases range from £600.00 plus VAT to £2,000.00 plus VAT; the average price for a house purchase is £960.00 plus VAT.
Our fixed fee is based on a ‘standard’ transaction. If any unusual or unforeseen matters arise which demand extra time, we do charge for additional work. Our fixed fee assumes that:-
- The purchase is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters 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;
- The transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;
- All parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation;
- No indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.
If during the transaction there are unexpected complications, we always inform you of that immediately, and would fully discuss the potential consequences of that before any extra charges are incurred.
As an example, an estimate of our fees to cover the work required to complete the purchase of a registered freehold property with no mortgage by two joint owners at a price of £295,000 are set out as:
Freehold Residential Property
Our fees cover all the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with 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 you wish to buy is in Wales. We have not included a figure for Stamp Duty Land Tax in this example – see below for a link to the relevant government websites.
Legal Fees for purchase
Legal Fees for completion of Stamp Duty Land Tax return
Conveyancing Search Pack which includes: Official Local authority search, Official drainage and water searches, Groundsure Homebuyers Plus report (Environmental Searches including Flood Data)
HM Land Registry fee
Electronic money transfer administration fee
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
These fees may be subject to change if further information relating to your property becomes available, for example, if you require additional searches such as a Planning Search, which typically costs £37.20.
Stamp Duty Land Tax
This will depend 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.
The estimated Grand Total of the transaction is £ 1,534.30 plus Stamp Duty Land Tax.
We do not undertake tax advice.
Our fees are fixed, however there may be factors which would typically increase the cost of the fees estimated above. Where there is likely to be any additional cost, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.
Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:
- If a legal title is defective or part of the property is unregistered
- If you discover building regulations or planning permission has not been obtained
- If crucial documents we have previously requested from the seller’s conveyancers have not been provided to us
- If the property is a new build
- If the property is less than 10 years old
- If your mortgage offer is subject to special conditions set by your lender
- If you require to exchange within six weeks of instructing us
- If you require completion within six weeks of instructing us
- If you require simultaneous exchange and completion
For any transaction, the timescales are subject to change depending on when your offer is accepted and factors involved such as:
- Number of parties in the chain
- Whether you have a mortgage in place
- Whether you are buying a new build property
- Whether you need a lease extension for a leasehold property
A typical transaction will take between 10 and 14 weeks. However, if any of the above apply, or there are other factors we need to take into consideration, it may increase the time by a further four to six weeks and additional charges may occur. We will discuss this with you at the earliest opportunity so you always have a clear picture of how long things are likely to take.
With every transaction there are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. They may be as follows:
- Taking your instructions and giving initial advice based on the information you have provided
- Checking finances are in place to fund the purchase and contacting the lender’s solicitors if needed
- Receiving and advising on contract documents
- Undertaking searches
- Obtaining further planning documentation if required
- Making any necessary enquiries of the seller’s solicitor
- Providing advice on all documents and information received
- Advising you of the mortgage offer conditions
- Finalising contracts and sending to you for signature
- Agreeing a completion date (the date from which you will legally own the property)
- Exchanging contracts and notifying you that this has happened
- Ensuring all monies have been received from you and the lender(s)
- Completing the purchase
- Dealing with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
- Completing and submitting an application for registration at the Land Registry