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Conveyancing Process for Selling a House

Nicola Ryan

Written by Reviewed by Gareth Brooks

13th Oct 2022 (Last updated on 11th Nov 2022) 5 minute read

When selling a house, you will need to hire a conveyancer or solicitor to assist you with the legalities of the sale. They will conduct the conveyancing process. This will result in property ownership being transferred from you to the buyer.

In this guide, we’ll be taking you through everything you need to know about the conveyancing process when selling a house.

This article will cover the following:
  1. Do you Need a Conveyancer to Sell a House?
  2. When to Instruct a Conveyancing Solicitor
  3. Stages of the Conveyancing Process for Sellers
  4. How Long Does Conveyancing Take When Selling?
  5. Conveyancing Fees for Selling
  6. Finding a Conveyancer

Do you Need a Conveyancer to Sell a House?

You don’t legally need to hire a conveyancer or solicitor when selling a property. However, it’s highly advised that you do. This is because carrying out the conveyancing process yourself is a stressful endeavor.

You should begin your conveyancer search while waiting for your house to sell. In the meantime, you can compare quotes from up to 5 licensed conveyancers through our site. All our partners pass a strict verification process and must prove that they are regulated by the SRA, CLC, LSS, LSNI, or CILEX.

This means that once you have accepted an offer on your property, you can instruct your conveyancer as soon as possible.

A conveyancer will guide you through the legal aspects of your house sale. Your conveyancer's responsibilities include drafting contracts, answering any enquiries, and arranging completion day.

When to Instruct a Conveyancing Solicitor

The best time to instruct your conveyancer or solicitor is as soon as you have accepted an offer on your property. Beginning your search before or while your house is on the market ensures you are prepared for the conveyancing process.

You will find that instructing a conveyancer once your offer is agreed upon will prevent delays and provide a more efficient process.

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Stages of the Conveyancing Process for Sellers

Here are the stages of the conveyancing process when selling a property.

Step 1: Instruct Conveyancer

When you have accepted an offer on the property, you will need to instruct your conveyancer. They will ask you for basic information such as your full name, the property address, and the agreed sale price. They will also request the mortgage details from your lender.

Step 2: Complete Questionnaires

Your conveyancer will then send you the necessary paperwork to complete. Once you have completed the legal documents and paperwork, the conveyancing process can begin. These documents include the TA6 Form and the TA10 Form. If you are selling a leasehold property, you will also need to fill out the TA7 Form.

You will also need to provide details on any neighbour complaints, proposed developments, and what will be left in the house. These forms must be filled out truthfully.

Step 3: Draft Contract

Your conveyancer will then draw up the draft contract. This will be sent to the buyer’s conveyancer. The pack will include the contract, property information forms, and the Land Registry documents.

The buyer’s conveyancer will then submit any pre-contract enquiries to your conveyancer. Both conveyancers will begin to negotiate and finalise the details before proceeding.

Step 4: Prepare Property For Survey

You will need to prepare your property for the survey. The buyer’s surveyor will conduct a survey that highlights any defects in the property.

Properties less than 50 years old and those with a standard construction can have a Level 2 HomeBuyer Report. This will highlight defects and consist of an internal and external view of the property. For older properties and properties with non-standard construction, a Level 3 Building Survey is the best choice. This is the most detailed survey you can get and will highlight defects as well as offer solutions and repair cost estimates.

To make things easier for the surveyor, prepare your property for the survey. Have a general tidy-up and make sure you’re not blocking entrances to anything.

Step 5: Answer Pre-Contract Enquiries

At this stage, the buyer may have further questions. You need to make sure that you are answering all questions honestly and truthfully. The questions and answers will be reiterated via both conveyancers.

Step 6: Exchanging Contracts

The exchange of contracts will be done over the phone. Both conveyancers will agree to send the signed contract. Once the contracts have been exchanged, the sale becomes legally binding. If the buyer decides to opt-out from this point, there will be financial penalties.

Step 7: Completion Day

Once the contracts are exchanged, your conveyancers will arrange completion day. This is the final stage in the conveyancing process for selling. On this day, you must vacate your property for the buyer to move in. Legal ownership of the property will be transferred from you to the buyer using the TR1 form and your mortgage will then be paid off.

The funds will then be transferred from your buyer’s conveyancer to your conveyancer. Completion has taken place once the payment has been received. Afterward, your conveyancer will send the deeds to the buyer’s conveyancer.

Step 8: After Completion Day

Once completion day is complete, there are certain things you need to do:

  • Redirect your mail and change any subscriptions to your new address.
  • Let your utility company know you’re moving out so you won’t be charged for anything going forward.
  • Pack up your belongings before completion day as you don’t want to hold up the whole chain.

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How Long Does Conveyancing Take When Selling?

When selling a property, the conveyancing process takes between 8 and 12 weeks to complete. If you have a cash buyer or are not part of the property chain, then the conveyancing process is more likely to take less time. When dealing with transactions such as leasehold properties, the process may be subject to longer wait times.

The conveyancing process for selling a house can take less time than when buying as there are fewer stages to follow.

The main stage for the seller's conveyancer is putting together the paperwork and then answering any enquiries. If this stage can be undertaken quickly, then it will help with the speed of the transaction.

Conveyancing Fees for Selling

The average conveyancing fee for selling a freehold property is £1,690 including VAT at the UK average house price of £277,000. This cost includes legal fees, disbursements, and other extra fees.

However, there are different scenarios that may impact the total conveyancing fee cost. One example is if you sell a leasehold property and remortgage. This can increase your fees to approximately £2,333 including VAT. This cost includes the average legal fee cost with added average remortgage cost.

Another scenario to bear in mind is when selling a freehold property and transferring equity. This costs an average of£1,888 including VAT. This includes average legal fees and disbursement costs with added costs for transferring equity.

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Finding a Conveyancer

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Nicola Ryan

Written by Nicola Ryan

Nicola focusses on all things moving house at Compare My Move where she writes articles for the advice centre, guiding users through everything they need to know about moving house.

Gareth Brooks

Reviewed by Gareth Brooks

Solicitor and Partner, RMNJ Solicitors

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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