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Conveyancing involves the process of transferring ownership of a property, from a seller to a buyer. A conveyancer is instructed once an offer has been made on a property - and that offer has been accepted by the seller. Home Legal Direct is able to facilitate a free, online sale and purchase conveyancing quote in a matter of seconds! Our specialist property solicitors and licensed conveyancers are skilled in the art of delivering fast, cost-effective conveyancing solutions in England and Wales. Want to get the conveyancing process in motion? Contact Home Legal Direct.

Conveyancing Solicitors

Home Legal Direct work with a vetted panel of licensed conveyancing solicitors throughout England and Wales. Once you accept our conveyancing quotation, a file opening fee will begin the instruction. We will prepare your file and following our review, we will connect you to the right conveyancing solicitor for your requirements. We will start to action your identity verification and anti-money laundering checks which are the essential first steps in the conveyancing process. We are here to support you every step of the way from instruction through to completion.

Got questions about conveyancing?

Everything you want to know, and some things you don't

What is conveyancing?

Conveyancing is the legal process of changing the title of a property from one name to another. This changes the legal ownership of the property from the original owner to the new one. Read more on the subject of what is conveyancing, here.

What is the first step in the conveyancing process?

Once a conveyancer has been instructed, they will reach out to the other side and discuss the draft contract, address, and any pre-contract queries. A draft contract will be drawn up containing information from the property's title deeds, the buyer and seller details, and how much the buyer is paying for the property. Read our helpful guides on the conveyancing process for buyers, and the conveyancing process for sellers.

What are property searches?

Property Searches are an important part of the buying process. They contain essential information about the property to protect the buyer from any nasty surprises. The most common searches are the Land Registry check, which is compulsory by law, the Local Authority Search, the Drainage and Water Search, and the Environmental Search. Depending on the location and conditions of the property being purchased, further searches may also be requested by your conveyancer.

When can I sign the contract?

Once all property searches have been returned and any surveys have been carried out, enquiries can be raised. The other party will need to satisfy each of these and check the property's fixtures and fittings are as expected. Once all enquiries are resolved and the seller has provided the required paperwork, a completion date will be arranged and the contract can be signed.

What is the difference between exchange and completion?

Exchange refers to the exchanging of contracts. Both conveyancers will read out the contract over the telephone to ensure they are identical and then send them to each other. Once exchanged, the contract is legally binding. Completion refers to the date the big move can take place. It is usually set for midday. When the seller's conveyancer confirms that all monies due have been received, the seller will drop off the keys at the estate agent for the buyer to collect.

How much does conveyancing cost?

The average price for conveyancing legal fees is difficult to pin down due to the variation of factors influencing the final figure. However, you should expect to pay between £500 and £1500 depending on the complexity of the property transaction. It is important to remember that on top of the conveyancing legal fees there are mandatory government and other disbursements such as search costs and stamp duty.

How much is stamp duty?

Stamp duty is a tax payable on all property purchases. Different rates apply dependant on the price of the property and your situation. New stamp duty rate boundaries were introduced on the 23rd September 2022. Click here to find out the new stamp duty boundaries and use our stamp duty calculator to work out how much will you pay.

How do Home Legal Direct's conveyancing quotes work?

Our goal is to give the most honest representation of the expected conveyancing fees when giving you a quote. We do this by first asking you to complete our quick and easy online quotation enquiry form. The questions we ask allows us to give you a quote that is bespoke to your situation. You will then receive an instant quotation. This shows a breakdown of the costs of the legal conveyancing fees, and the costs of the Government and other mandatory disbursements such as searches and land registry fee.

A member of conveyancing advisory team will then give you a call to discuss your quotation and make any adjustments that are necessary whereupon we can arrange your conveyancer instruction. It is important to bear in mind that during the course of a conveyancing transaction, issues can arise that are impossible to foresee at the start of the process which may affect the costs. Home Legal Direct are on hand to discuss this with you and support where necessary.

We encourage you to read your quotation carefully and contact us with any questions.

Can I do my own conveyancing?

We would strongly advise against anyone carrying out their own conveyancing and instead ensure you engage the services of an experienced and qualified conveyancer. Conveyancers are fully versed in all aspects of property law in the UK, and they have an in-depth understanding of insurance, liability, and all other aspects involved in the transfer of property from one owner to another. Because we know how complex conveyancing can be, we also offer our support and guidance throughout the process to help keep things on track. To understand more, please read our article Can I do my own conveyancing?.

When should I apply for a mortgage?

You should start the process of researching and applying for a mortgage before you seriously start looking for somewhere to buy. When you are ready to make an offer, having a mortgage in principle will mean you are a proceedable buyer which is a big plus point in getting your offer accepted. Researching online and speaking to a mortgage broker is a good starting point. Remember that the average time from mortgage application to offer can take between 18 - 40 days. Read more about when to apply for a mortgage here. You can also use our handy mortgage calculator to find out how much you can borrow.

What is surveying?

Property surveying in a nutshell, surveying involves the various inspections and reports carried out when buying a property. It's a big investment - some might say massive.

Do I need to use a local conveyancing solicitor?

Your choices are much wider now than before conveyancing's evolution into a more tech-embracing online world. This means your conveyancer does not need to reside in your area. The Home Legal Direct's network of conveyancing professionals, means that you benefit from the years of experience of conveyancing solicitors that you would not have had access to before. Read more whether you need a local conveyancer here.

What should I look for when buying a property?

Deciding on what property to buy is a hugely personal choice with influences ranging from price and location to schools, community and your overall likes and dislikes of what you want from a property. Anything from the condition of windows, to room sizes and the direction the property is facing can make a difference. Read our article on what to look out for when buying a property.

Why do online conveyancers cost less than local conveyancers?

High street offices and other physical premises cost a lot of money to hold and maintain. Also, high street conveyancers only have access to a limited number of potential customers. This means that they cannot benefit from the economies of scale that a company such as Home Legal Direct can offer via our conveyancing network. Read more about the benefits of working with an online conveyancer here.

What is a memorandum of sale?

The memorandum of sale is a legal document that records specific information about the sale of a property. It is not legally binding, but it is a legal document that sets out the terms of agreement at the start of the conveyancing process once an offer is made and accepted. Conveyancing work cannot start until the memorandum of sale is in place, so this is a vital document in the conveyancing process.

Learn more about memorandum of sale.

What is the conveyancing Welcome pack/Client care pack?

The conveyancing welcome pack is a collection of documents provided by the respective conveyancer to the seller and/or buyer at the start of the conveyancing process. It is usually provided to the client within a week of the initial instruction. Returning the required information quickly and accurately can help to speed up the sale or purchase of a property. Read more about the conveyancing Welcome pack or Client care pack here.

Average house prices in England and Wales

Average house price by area

Read below for some of the main differences between house types and their current prices. The average house price in England and Wales at the moment is around £312,068*. Historically that price appears to be rising as seen in the graph below.

*Latest complete data: February 2022. Source: Land Registry

Average house price over time

Detached house prices

Detached houses do not share walls with any other property, and are stand-alone structures. They usually have gardens in the front and the back of the property, and enjoy a greater level of privacy than other house types. The average price of a detached house in England and Wales is currently around £562,438. It is important to consider properties around a detached home when considering buying one.

Semi-detached house prices

Semi-detached houses share at least one wall with another property. Of course this massively reduces the price of these properties when compared to a detached property as they tend to have less outdoor space too. These are different to a link-detached house, which typically only shares a wall on the garage. The average price of a semi-detached house in England and Wales is around £358,218. When buying a semi-detached house it is important to think about the access rights and possible future extension plans of you and your neighbours.

Terraced house prices

Other than the "end-of-terrace" houses, these typically share walls on either side of the property. This creates a row of houses which is very efficient on space in urban areas and is therefore more common in those environments. Again the smaller outdoor area and shared walls reduce the average price of these properties down to £279,011 in England and Wales.

Flat prices

Flats are ideal for singles and small families. Typically without private gardens, they do sometimes offer shared facilities and are the most common type of rented property in the UK. Due to their small size and lack of private space their prices in England and Wales are amoungst the lowest in the UK, sitting around £184,190. Flats may come with additional hidden service charges, which affect the true cost of owning one.

More house price data can be found at the land registry website: https://landregistry.data.gov.uk/app/ukhpi

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