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What is the Cost of Buying a House in 2024?

Adele MacGregor

Written by Reviewed by Graham Norwood

1st Jan 2024 (Last updated on 15th May 2024) 9 minute read

The average cost of buying a house in the UK is £33,070, based on a home costing £277,000 - the current UK average house price.

This varies depending on the location and size of the home. You will also need to factor in the conveyancer you choose and the type of survey you need. For example, conveyancing solicitors in London will charge more than other cities in the UK. Other costs when buying a house include Stamp Duty, removal costs, insurance and property maintenance.

  1. 1. Mortgage Broker
  2. 2. Mortgage Deposit
  3. 3. Mortgage Fees
  4. 4. Surveying Fees
  5. 5. Solicitor Fees
  6. 6. Stamp Duty
  7. Extra Costs of Buying a House
  8. Finding a Conveyancer
  9. Next Steps of Buying a House
How Much Does it Cost to Buy a House in the UK in 2024?

These are the average costs of buying a house, including the upfront costs and extra costs you may need to plan for.

Be aware that these will vary depending on the location, size and value of the house and the type of survey you need. Also, keep in mind that the buying process may differ in Scotland.

Upfront Costs:


Mortgage Deposit

Usually 10% of the house price

Mortgage Fees

From £274

Mortgage Broker

Average £500-£600


From £250


From £860

Stamp Duty


Extra Costs:


Removal Costs

£264 - £1,680

Storage£23.94 per square foot (UK average)

Mail Redirection

From £33.99

Insurance£307 per year*
Property Maintenance£3,579 per year*

1. Mortgage Broker

A mortgage broker can advise buyers on what mortgage would be right for them and which lender to choose. Although this is not required to buy a home, mortgage brokers may have access to mortgage deals that individuals won't. On average the cost of a mortgage broker is around £500-600 (fixed fee). Any additional costs are added after completion

To find out more read: Do You Need a Mortgage Broker?

2. Mortgage Deposit

A deposit is an amount you initially put towards the cost of the property when taking out a mortgage. Mortgage lenders request a minimum of 5% to 20% of the purchase price of the home as a deposit. Typically buyers will put down 10%.

A 10% deposit for the UK average property price, which is currently £277,000, is £27,700.

The bigger the deposit you can afford, the better your mortgage deal and the lower the interest rate will be. For those struggling to save for a deposit, there is help available. For example, the government introduced the Lifetime ISA to help budding homebuyers get their foot on the property ladder.

To read more about saving for a deposit and our top tips for reaching your goal read: How to Save for a Mortgage Deposit

3. Mortgage Fees

When applying for a mortgage, you will need to save for more than just the mortgage deposit. Getting a mortgage will come with fees, with the amount varying from lender to lender.

Below is a table of the mortgage fees you may need to pay:

FeeWhat is it?Cost

Arrangement Fee

An arrangement fee is paid to your lender for setting up the mortgage. You can choose to add it to your mortgage payments or pay upfront. This can vary based on your lender and the type of mortgage you have.

£0 - £2,000

Booking Fee

A booking fee is charged when you apply for a mortgage. It’s often non-refundable, even if you don’t end up going ahead with the mortgage. Some mortgage providers may include it as part of the arrangement fee

£99 - £250

Valuation Fee

A valuation fee is paid to your lender to carry out a mortgage valuation that will value the property. It will reassure them that the home is worth the amount they are lending. This can sometimes be free, depending on your mortgage lender.

£150-£1,500 depending on the price of the property

Telephonic Transfer Fee

A telegraphic transfer fee is what your mortgage lender will charge you for sending the money to your solicitor.


Mortgage Broker

A mortgage broker can advise buyers on what mortgage would be right for them and which lender to choose.

Although this is not required to buy a home, mortgage brokers may have access to mortgage deals that individuals won't. On average the cost of a mortgage broker is around £500-600 (fixed fee). Any additional costs are added after completion.

To find out more read: Do You Need a Mortgage Broker?

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4. Surveying Fees

When buying a house, you will need a property survey. It is not a legal requirement but a survey will give you a better idea of the condition of the property you are looking to buy. It can also advise you on any maintenance or repairs it requires.

Below is a breakdown of the various surveys and costs, including which survey is best for the type of house you are buying:

Survey TypeCost

RICS Home Survey Level 1

From £250

RICS Home Survey Level 2

From £350

RICS Home Survey Level 3

From £500

Snagging Survey


1. RICS Home Survey Level 1

The most basic report, the RICS Home Condition Survey is available from around £250

To find out more about a Level 1 Survey see: Condition Report (Level 1 Survey)

2. RICS Home Survey Level 2

The RICS Home Survey Level 2 starts from around £350 for properties worth up to £99,000. For a house priced between £100,000 and £249,000, the average cost is around £500.

This survey will provide an overview of the home and highlight any major issues.
The survey will look for any rot, damp and review the condition of ceilings, walls, floors and joinery.

To read more about the Level 2 Survey visit: Homebuyer Survey (Level 2 Survey)

3. RICS Home Survey Level 3

The cost of a RICS Home Survey Level 3 typically starts at £500 - £600. This is the most comprehensive survey. It is recommended for older or unusual properties or those in poor condition.

The Level 3 survey will detail any faults and work required on the home. This could potentially save you money by highlighting any issues before they develop. It can also provide you with the necessary evidence to negotiate the price of the property.

For more information about Level 3 Surveys go to: Building Survey

4. New-Build Snagging Survey

Snagging surveys usually cost between £300 - £600 depending on the size of the new-build. This is an independent inspection to look for issues with new-build homes. Surveyors usually report findings to the developer so they can address any issues.

For more on Snagging see: How Snagging Lists Can Help New Property Owners

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5. Solicitor Fees

You will need a conveyancing solicitor for buying a house to handle the legal side of the transaction. The average solicitor fees for buying a house are £1,320 for a freehold property, including VAT at 20%. Keep in mind that these fees will depend on the size, location, value of the house and the conveyancer you use. When it comes to buying a freehold, there are many steps and costs involved. We have an article that covers everything you need to know, from how much it costs to buy the freehold to the right to manage.

Be aware that conveyancing fees for a leasehold property will be higher, costing £1,490 on average.


In addition to your legal costs, you'll have to pay conveyancing disbursements. These are fees to third parties that your conveyancer will pay on your behalf. These include the cost of an environmental search and local authority search

Below we've included a table of costs breaking down various conveyancing fees:

FeeAverage cost

Conveyancing Search Pack


Anti-money Laundering Checks


Bank Transfer Fee


Transfer Ownership with Land Registry


While there are many cheap conveyancing quotes out there, we recommend you can see an estimated cost using our Conveyancing Fees Calculator

6. Stamp Duty

Stamp Duty for the UK average property price, which is currently £277,000, is £1,350.

Stamp Duty Land Tax is paid when purchasing a home worth more than £250,000 in England and Northern Ireland. First Time Buyers do not have to pay tax on any property costing up to £425,000.

Stamp Duty was replaced by the Land Transaction Tax in Wales and the Buildings Transaction Tax in Scotland. Both LTT and LBTT are applied up to a maximum of 12%. You can get an idea of what Stamp Duty will cost when buying a house by using our Stamp Duty Calculator.

Below we've listed the Stamp Duty Tax Rates based on house price, and the cost of Stamp Duty for second homes:

House PriceStamp Duty RateSecond Home Stamp Duty Rate
Up to £250,0000%3%
£125,001 to £250,000-5%
£250,001 to £925,0005%8%
£925,001 to £1.5 million10%13%
£1.5 million+12%15%

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Extra Costs of Buying a House

House Removal Costs

The estimated removals cost based on a 3-bed house, with the removal company travelling 50 miles is £1,181. The price depends on the company you choose, your location and the length of the journey. Other factors include whether you need a professional packing service or dismantling furniture. Depending on your requirements, moving costs range between £264 and £1,680.

Remember you can save up to 70% on your removals costs by comparing companies via Compare My Move.


Storage can be utilised for items acquired before buying your home, or if you find yourself between house moves.

The Self Storage Association (SSA) reports that the UK average self-storage cost is £23.94 per sq. ft. Be aware that costs will vary between companies and across the country. The cost will also depend on whether you want a specialised like climate-controlled storage.

For more information read: How Much Does a Self Storage Unit Cost?


According to ABI, the average price for combined buildings and content insurance in the first quarter of 2022 was £307.

Mortgage lenders require you to have building insurance in place from the day of completion. This must cover both the exterior building and any extensions, sheds or outhouses.

Mail Redirection

The Royal Mail charges £33.99 for redirection of mail within the UK for a period of three months.
Mail redirection is based on the resident’s surname. If you are moving with someone who has a different surname, they will also have to pay for redirection.

Finding a Conveyancer

At Compare My Move, we can connect you with up to 6 conveyancers to save you up to 70% on your conveyancing costs. All our conveyancing partners have passed our strict verification process for your peace of mind. This means they are all regulated by either the SRA, CLC, LSS, LSNI or CILEx.

Need a Surveyor?

Once you've found a conveyancer, you soon might need the help of a RICS property surveyor. Simply fill in our integrated conveyancing and surveying comparison form to get connected today.

You can compare companies through our integrated conveyancing and surveying form by filling out a few extra steps. We will then connect you with local conveyancers and surveyors to save on the whole process.

Next Steps of Buying a House

This article has been a part of our home buying guide. We cover a range of topics that guide you through the buying process. In our next article, we look at the cost of a conveyancing solicitor when buying a property. To read more see: Solicitor Fees for Buying a House UK

Adele MacGregor

Having worked at Compare My Move for over five years, Adele specialises in covering a range of surveying topics.

Graham Norwood

Reviewed by Graham Norwood

Editor, Letting Agent Today and Landlord Today

With over 20 years of experience in residential property journalism, Graham is currently the editor for both Letting Agent Today and Landlord Today.