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How Much Are Conveyancing Fees in 2024?

The average conveyancing fees for buying a house are £1,567 and £1,139 for selling a house.

This includes the legal fees and conveyancing disbursements when buying or selling a house at the average UK price of £285,000.

Your conveyancing costs will differ by property price, area, the conveyancer you use and complexity of service.

What are conveyancing fees?

Conveyancing fees are what you pay to your conveyancer or solicitor when buying or selling a property. Keep in mind that conveyancing fees in Scotland will vary as the process is different.

1

Legal fee

This covers the legal work carried out by the conveyancer. It pays their hourly or fixed rate fee for the time spent on your case.

2

Disbursements

Conveyancing disbursements are paid to your solicitor so they can buy third-party services on your behalf, such as property searches. Expect extra costs if your case is complex.

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Breakdown of legal fees

Explore the average legal fees for buying and selling homes in the UK.

Property PriceLegal Fee for Buying*Legal Fee for Selling*
Up to £100,000£1,090£1,050
£100,001 to £300,000£1,190 - £1,320£1,140 - £1,270
£300,001 to £500,000
£1,390 - £1,490
£1,340 - £1,430
£500,001 to £700,000
£1,750 - £1,800
£1,640 - £1,720
£700,001 to £1,000,000
£2,000 - £2,160
£1,910 - £2,100
£1,000,000+
£2,550
£2,430

*Based on VAT-inclusive fees for Freehold properties. Data from 50 UK conveyancers. Fees vary based on circumstances and conveyancer.

Use our Conveyancing Fees Calculator to get an idea of what to expect from your conveyancing costs.

Breakdown of disbursements

Explore the average conveyancing disbursements costs for 2024 below:

DisbursementCostBuyingSelling
Anti-money laundering checks£6 - £20

Conveyancing searches

£250 - £450

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Bank transfer fee

£25 - £45

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Bankruptcy check
£3 - £4

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Mortgaged property supplement fee
£220

Title deeds copy
£4
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Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)
£3,850

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Common additional costs to expect

You might face extra costs, especially if your case is more complex. Some fees will be added to the legal fees or charged separately. These are the most common extra charges faced with conveyancing:

Gifted deposit - Varies

Help to Buy ISA fee - £120

Help to Buy Equity Loan supplement fee - £340

Shared Ownership - £330

New build - £360

Unregistered property fee - £100-£200

Delayed completion - £100-£200

Indemnity Insurance - Varies

Transferring equity - £540

Lease extension - £1,280

Share of freehold - £120

Leasehold conveyancing costs

The average conveyancing fee for buying a leasehold property is £1,370 and £1,420 for selling. Costs will vary depending on the complexity of the case.

We’ve listed some of the common conveyancing fees you can expect with a leasehold property.

Buying: Landlord sales pack - £280

Buying: Notice of transfer fee - £190

Buying: Notice of charge fee - £140

Buying: Certificate of compliance - £250

Buying: Deed of covenant - £280

Buying: Engrossment fee - £120 - £150

Selling: Leasehold property supplement fee - £150

Selling: Leasehold management infomation pack - £150 - £500

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Remortgaging conveyancing fees

You will need a conveyancer when remortgaging with a different lender. We found that the average fee for a conveyancer when remortgaging is £1,078. This includes both your legal fees and disbusrsements.

To read more see Solicitor Fees for Remortage

How can I save on conveyancing fees?

Comparing conveyancing quotes is one of the best ways to save money on your fees, ensuring you get the best price for your conveyancing. Our users saved on average 43% on their conveyancing costs.

We put you directly in touch with the professionals so that you can find the company that best suits your needs. We can match you with up to 6 verified conveyancers in your local area, allowing you to compare prices and companies.

There are also additional ways of saving money with the service you choose including fixed fee and no sale no fee conveyancing.

What is fixed fee conveyancing

Fixed Fee Conveyancing is where a pre-agreed price is set, rather than an hourly fee. As a result, your legal fees can work out cheaper. The price quoted at the start should then be the price you pay at the end of the process. Be aware that the fixed element of the quote rarely includes conveyancing disbursements.

To read more see What is Fixed Fee Conveyancing?

What is no sale no fee conveyancing?

No sale no fee conveyancing is an arrangement where you don’t have to pay legal fees if the property transaction falls through. However, this doesn’t mean there will be nothing to pay if the sale does not complete. Any funds paid out to third parties by your conveyancer (for example, for property searches) will need to be repaid regardless of the outcome of the sale.

To read more see No sale no fee conveyancing explained

What to look for in a quote

Here are a few pointers to watch out for when you recieve a quote:

1

If it's too cheap

Be wary of any quote that seems too good to be true, particularly with online conveyancing. Often the quote will only show the conveyancer’s legal fee and not the costs for the disbursements. When you recieve your quote, ask for a detailed breakdown of it includes and ensure there will be no extra or hidden costs due.

2

Watch out for hidden fees

Some firms will try and list certain disbursements or services in the quote and call them potential costs such as photocopying and postage fees. The majority of these should be covered as part of the conveyancer's legal fee. Again, always clarify exactly what your quote covers to avoid hidden fees.

3

Read small print

Be sure to always read the small print for any hidden extra costs that you shouldn’t be paying for.

4

Small list of disbursements

Honest conveyancers should only have a small list of essential disbursements. This should include Land Registry Search, Bankruptcy Search and Land Registry Fees. Make sure you have read all the fine print before going ahead with your chosen conveyancer. If you are unsure about anything, ask them directly.

5

No VAT on disbursements

You shouldn’t be paying VAT on your disbursements. This means you should only be charged the original price for the service. Make sure that this is the case before you recieve an unexpected bill.

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When do I pay conveyancing fees?

If you're buying, you'll have to pay the conveyancing searches upfront. The relevant authority will need payment before they produce the search results.

If you're selling your house, there's a possibility you'll have to pay a small upfront cost. The rest will be paid throughout the conveyancing process and on completion day. Land Registry and Stamp Duty fees will have to be paid after completion.

Finding the right conveyancer

Finding the right conveyancer is essential to a smooth and seamless property transaction. You don't have to opt for the conveyancing solicitor your estate agent recommends. You can ask friends, family and colleagues for suggestions or use a comparisson site like Compare My Move.

Most importantly, you should ensure the conveyancer you use is regulated and experienced in your type of transaction.

All of our conveyancing partners are regulated by either:

  • Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA)
  • Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC)
  • Law Society of Scotland (LSS)
  • Law Society Northern Ireland (LSNI)
  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx)

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Gareth Brooks

Last updated

11th Jun, 2024

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Adele MacGregor

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

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Gareth Brooks

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With 19 years of experience in the residential conveyancing industry, Gareth Brooks is a partner and head of management for the conveyancing department at RMNJ Solicitors.

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