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How Much Does a Conveyancer Cost?

The basic cost for a solicitor will be around £500-£1,500 - or slightly higher if you’re selling a leasehold property. This can be charged in a variety of ways. Some solicitors operate on a fixed fee, while others opt for a percentage of your property price. Try to avoid a solicitor that charges an hourly rate, as it’s harder to estimate the final cost.

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What are disbursements?

Disbursements are fees that your legal professional pays on your behalf during the selling process. You’ll need to pay these on top of your conveyancer’s basic fee.

These costs are all fixed standard charges, so your conveyancing quotes shouldn’t look too different in the disbursements section. However, be aware that some conveyancing firms, especially online service providers, are known to ‘invent’ added fees. Make sure you’re aware of the charges you should expect to see, so that you can query any that look incorrect:

Land Registry Office Copies
These confirm you as the registered titleholder of your property.
£4 - £8
Land Registration Fee
This cost will depend upon the price of the property you’re buying.
£40 - £700
Telegraphic Transfer Fee
This charge will only apply if you have a mortgage with over £60,000 to redeem. Amounts less than this can be redeemed using BACS.
£25 - £35
Local Authority Searches
The cost of these vary. Look for conveyancing quotes that ask you to provide the postcode of the property you’re buying; these are usually more accurate.
£100 - £200
Drainage Search
This search is to check the property has connection to fresh and foul water sewers.
£35 - £50
Chancel Repair Liability Search
This is to check whether you are liable to pay a contribution to the upkeep of the local parish church.
Environmental Search
This search will check for evidence of contamination on and around the land you’re purchasing. If contamination is found, you might be liable for the clean-up costs.
£36 - £42
Location Specific Local Searches
You may be required to conduct checks for coal, limestone, clay, and tin mining. As a rough rule of thumb, each additional search shouldn’t cost more than £45-£70.
£40 - £250

Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification or to challenge any charges you’re unsure about. Investing time into understanding conveyancing fees is worthwhile, as things like disbursements are standard across the board, and it may save you an extra charge.

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