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Overview

Freehold Purchase

The following gives the average costs, service information and timescales when we act for the buyer in a typical purchase of freehold property. Your circumstances and transaction may differ from the example below. Contact any one of our offices or use our online conveyancing estimate form for a case-specific estimate.

Assumptions

The average costs and service information on this page are based on the following assumptions:

  • we act for the buyer
  • the purchase price is £300,000
  • the property is freehold
  • the property is located in England or Wales
  • the title to the property is registered with HM Land Registry
  • the property has not been repossessed
  • the property is an existing dwelling, not a new build nor being purchased off-plan
  • the buyer is a UK resident
  • the buyer is not a first-time buyer
  • the buyer is funding the purchase entirely from their own money
  • the seller is transferring the whole of the title to a registered property and no land is being retained
  • the seller is represented by a regulated professional (e.g. a Solicitor, Chartered Legal executive or Licensed Conveyancer).

Example of average costs

The following gives an example, for illustrative purposes only, of the average costs when we act for the buyer in a purchase based on the assumptions above.

The actual costs estimate will differ according to the buyer and the transaction. Please call any of our offices or use our conveyancing estimate form to obtain an estimate specific to your case.

Description Average fee VAT Total
Our average fee estimate £795.00 £159.00 £954.00
Our fee for preparing and filing the SDLT/LTT Return £50.00 £10.00 £60.00
Our bank transfer administration fee (including bank charges) £33.33 £6.67 £40.00
Description of likely disbursement Average cost VAT Total
Usual pre-contract searches £250.00 £50.00 £300.00
Land Registry search £3.00 - £3.00
Land registration fee £135.00 - £135.00
Totals      
Total average fees (excluding VAT)     £878.33
Total of likely disbursements (excluding VAT)     £388.00
Total VAT on fees and disbursements     £225.67
Total cost (including VAT)     £1,492.00
  • Disbursements – these are costs payable to third parties, such as HM Land Registry, which we will incur when we act as the buyer's agent. We will make these payments on behalf of the buyer to ensure a smoother process.
  • Pre-contract searches – the fees for these will vary according to the charges made by the local authority and which optional searches the buyer chooses to make.
  • SDLT/LTT – we charge a fee for preparation of the Stamp Duty Land Tax/Land Transaction Tax Return form on behalf of the buyer and for submitting this to HM Revenue and Customs/Welsh Revenue Authority using an online service.

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and Land Transaction Tax (LTT)

The estimate for a purchase of freehold property above does not include the amount of SDLT or LTT that may be chargeable by HM Revenue and Custom or the Welsh Revenue Authority.

The amount of tax payable by the buyer will depend on several factors relating to buyer and the particular transaction. The rates and available reliefs are also frequently changed. We can advise you of the amount of tax chargeable if you contact us for a case-specific conveyancing estimate.

For an idea of the amount chargeable without contacting us for an estimate, you can use the SDLT calculator on the HM Revenue and Customs website or the LTT calculator on the Welsh Revenue Authority website, as appropriate.

Survey

We strongly advise you to consider commissioning a survey of the property. The cost of survey will depend on the type of survey and the property. Visit the RICS website to find out more about the different types of survey and which of these might be suitable for your needs.

Summary of work included in our average estimated fees

STAGE 1 INSTRUCTIONS

  • Obtain the memorandum of sale and particulars
  • Obtain documents to verify the buyer’s identity and enquire as to the source of funds
  • Confirm the buyer’s instructions and our initial advice
  • Establish whether there are any related transactions
  • Requisition searches

STAGE 2 INVESTIGATION OF TITLE

  • Approve the contract and prepare the transfer
  • Raise enquiries of the seller
  • Review the results of searches
  • Prepare a report on purchase
  • Advise on joint ownership and tenants in common

STAGE 3 EXCHANGE OF CONTRACTS

  • Establish the completion date
  • Obtain the buyer’s signature to the contract
  • Advise on the deposit and make arrangements for the transfer of deposit money
  • Obtain the buyer's authority to exchange, exchange contracts and notify the buyer

STAGE 4 LEGAL COMPLETION

  • Deal with completion arrangements
  • Prepare the SDLT/LTT Return on behalf of the buyer
  • Carry out an Official Search of the Register at HM Land Registry
  • Prepare the completion statement
  • Receive a bank transfer of completion monies from the buyer
  • Transfer purchase monies to an account held by the seller’s conveyancer
  • Report completion

STAGE 5 POST COMPLETION

  • File the SDLT/LTT Return on behalf of the buyer
  • Apply to register the title at HM Land Registry
  • On completion of registration by HM Land Registry, check the title documents and send a copy to the buyer with other documents

Average timescale

The average timescale for purchasing a freehold property from initial instructions to legal completion is 10 weeks. This timescale varies according to factors such as:

  • the readiness and willingness of all parties in the chain of transactions to proceed
  • the current timescales of the local authority to process the local search.

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Posted by Victoria Emmett on May 27th 2014 in All , POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION.

The door appears to have finally slammed shut on a family’s attempt to obtain Business Property Relief (BPR) from Inheritance...

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Right to Buy

Posted by Mark Ollier on May 7th 2014 in All , MOVING HOUSE.

Do you have a Right to Buy your home and obtain a discount of up to £75,000?

The Government’s Right to...

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Court of Protection - Misuse of Powers

Posted by Emma Northover on April 24th 2014 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS.

The Court of Protection is the part of the Court which is designated with the task of looking after the...

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Energy Saving Home Improvements and Building Regulations

Posted by Frances Griffiths on April 2nd 2014 in All , MOVING HOUSE.

Making improvements (particularly to improve energy efficiency) to your home can add value but in some cases failure to obtain...

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Pre Nuptial Agreements

Posted by Zoe Gaitskell on April 2nd 2014 in All , FAMILY.

A pre-nuptial agreement is a contract entered into between two people prior to their marriage confirming how their assets will...

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Attorney's Duties

Posted by Liz Heron on April 2nd 2014 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

We are often asked to prepare Lasting Powers of Attorney on behalf of clients.  However, it can also be a daunting...

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Piercing the Corporate Veil

Posted by Zoe Gaitskell on February 12th 2014 in All , FAMILY.

It is a fundamental principle of company law that a company has a separate legal personality from its members.  People therefore...

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Does your Commercial Lease have a Break Clause

Posted by Mark Carlisle on February 12th 2014 in All , COMMERCIAL PROPERTY.

What is a Break Clause?

A break clause allows either a Landlord or a Tenant (normally the Tenant) to bring a...

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Inheritance Tax

Posted by Victoria Emmett on February 12th 2014 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

It is reported that there has been an increase in the number of families facing an inheritance tax bill on...

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Rectification of a Will

Posted by Victoria Emmett on February 12th 2014 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

The England & Wales Court of Appeal has ordered that a clerical error in the signing of Wills by a...

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Deception invalidates Planning Application

Posted by Mark Ollier on February 12th 2014 in All .

An application for change of use of a property from agricultural to residential was recently turned down because the applicant...

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Charitable Giving

Posted by Liz Heron on December 18th 2013 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

Although for most of us there is truth in the saying that “Charity begins at Home”, many of our clients...

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Buying a Business

Posted by Mark Ollier on November 8th 2013 in All , SERVICES FOR BUSINESSES.

One of the hallmarks of the last few years has been the enthusiasm of clients to purchase or start  new businesses...

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Care home funding - NHS Continuing Health Care

Posted by Paul Watkins on October 25th 2013 in All , POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION, WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

In the summer of 2010 Mrs B was admitted to hospital following a fall in which she suffered a fractured...

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Mounting care home fees could be impacting on wills, warns Beviss & Beckingsale

Posted by Victoria Emmett on September 6th 2013 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

High care home fees risk leaving the elderly with little or nothing to bequeath to loved ones in their wills,...

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Proposed Changes in Children Law

Posted by Zoe Gaitskell on September 6th 2013 in All , FAMILY.

Changes in private family law proceedings in respect of children are in the process of being made which are intended...

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Divorce and the Summer Holidays

Posted by Zoe Gaitskell on September 6th 2013 in All , FAMILY.

Newly-divorced parents should take care when taking their children abroad on summer holidays warns our Partner Zoe Gaitskell. “Parents could...

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Staff Have Rights to a Private Life

Posted by Mark Ollier on September 6th 2013 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS.

An employer who required her live-in housekeeper to not get pregnant has been ordered by an Employment Tribunal to pay...

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The need for Electrical Safety in tenanted properties

Posted by Mark Ollier on August 29th 2013 in All , COMMERCIAL PROPERTY.

A recent study by the Electrical Safety Council (ESC), ‘Landlords Risking Lives and Livelihoods By Ignoring Electrical Safety’, that was...

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HELP TO BUY?

Posted by Mark Ollier on August 29th 2013 in All , COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, MOVING HOUSE.

There is no doubt that the Government’s Help to Buy Scheme is promoting a great deal of activity in new...

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Home Loans to Children?

Posted by Frances Griffiths on August 20th 2013 in All , MOVING HOUSE.

In the current difficult economic times and with the unwillingness of most banks and buildings societies to loan much more...

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Can someone else decide what is in your Will?

Posted by Emma Northover on July 23rd 2013 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS.

Everyone knows that it is important to make a Will and to keep it under review but like catching up...

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Be careful what you wish for!

Posted by Mark Ollier on July 3rd 2013 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS, SERVICES FOR BUSINESSES.

The high profile dispute involving the winner of the popular TV show “The Apprentice” highlights how important it is to...

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HMRC can see Accountants tax advice to client

Posted by Victoria Emmett on July 3rd 2013 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

A major principle, on which the legal system in England and Wales relies, is that any communication between a client...

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East Devon District Council changes to council tax on empty properties:

Posted by Frances Griffiths on July 3rd 2013 in All , MOVING HOUSE.

Unoccupied and unfurnished property – the current 100% exemption for up to 6 months has been abolished. Instead you will get...

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Flood Risk

Posted by Frances Griffiths on July 3rd 2013 in All , COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, MOVING HOUSE.

In June 2013, the agreement between the insurance industry and the Government, “The Flood Insurance Statement Of Principles Agreement” will...

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Tenants benefit when repair costs rise

Posted by Mark Ollier on July 3rd 2013 in All , COMMERCIAL PROPERTY.

When a Landlord wants to carry out works and the cost of completing them will be charged to the Tenants...

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New Estate Administration Protocol

Posted by Victoria Emmett on November 12th 2012 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

Dealing with the death of a relative is stressful enough, without the added stress of a long drawn out winding-up...

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The Influence Of Cranbrook

Posted by Mark Ollier on August 9th 2012 in All , MOVING HOUSE.

Lying to the east of Exeter beyond Whimple lie green fields upon which a gigantic construction project  is altering the...

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Why Conveyancing? - A Personal View

Posted by Mark Ollier on July 31st 2012 in All , MOVING HOUSE.

Should the law just be about solving problems and dealing with the bad things in life, or should it also...

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Do I Need A Survey?

Posted by Mark Ollier on June 6th 2012 in All , COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, MOVING HOUSE.

Do I need a survey?
Your home is probably the most expensive and important purchase you will every make and...

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Obligation On Seller Sets Boundary

Posted by Mark Ollier on May 10th 2012 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS, MOVING HOUSE.

When a plan is attached to a conveyance, it is often marked ‘for identification purposes only’ in order to ensure...

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Contested Probate

Posted by Emma Northover on June 10th 2011 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS.

A loved one has died, but left you nothing.  Can you do something about it? Maybe.  The will might be...

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Collaborative Family Law

Posted by Zoe Gaitskell on August 17th 2010 in All , FAMILY.

Collaborative family law is a new approach to negotiating and settling issues arising predominately from divorce or family separation. Its...

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Contaminated Land

Posted by Mark Carlisle on January 18th 2010 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, All .

Ever thought about the land under your feet? Do you know the history of the land surrounding your house? More...

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Lending Money To Children For Home Loans

Posted by Mark Ollier on February 26th 2009 in All , MOVING HOUSE.

In the current difficult economic times and with the unwillingness of most banks and buildings societies to loan much more...

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