The example prices above are provided on a fixed-fee basis, and do not take into account any costs payable to a third party, including Land Registry fees stamp duty. For a guide to the amount of stamp duty due, please see this link for accurate Stamp Duty Calculators.
We have provided average timescales based on previous experiences, however please note that how long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. It may be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain.
For example, a first-time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, is likely to be significantly quicker than if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease.
In such situations additional charges may apply. Additional costs are incurred through the completion of searches on the property. Searches tell buyers practical information about a property. We have listed the most common searches below and use online providers to reduce the cost to you wherever possible.
- Title information - England & Wales: £4 + £3 per document or plan. Scotland: £20 + £30 per document.
- Local authority searches to show council plans affecting the property - £90-400
- Highways & access - £24-£100
- Drainage and water connection information - £60-100
- Flood risk – £25-30
- Environmental contamination history – £50-£100
- Mining & ground stability - £30-60
- Landlord or developer’s pack containing some or all of the information above instead of the searches - £300-1000
- Searches of agricultural property, if required, are determined by each property (bespoke) and more expensive.
We will obtain quotations and inform you of the cost. We may recommend further searches depending on risks revealed or local issues e.g. HS2 route or energy equipment; we will confirm as soon as we know if we need to do any further searches.
- If the legal title is not correctly registered
- If the property is not registered at Land Registry
- If there is an issue with the title to the property, and indemnity insurance is required or the defect in the titles requires remedying
- Deed of Variation or Lease Extension
- If there is more than one lender involved or there are Charging Orders that need to be dealt with
- If one of the people involved is represented by someone else
- If the property is a Listed Building
- if building regulations or planning permission have not been complied with in the past
- If there is a dispute with a neighbour or family member
- If there is to be a gift from a family member or friend
- Additional land with your home
- If there is a delay in receiving key information from third parties such as accounts from a landlord
- Should your property tax situation be complex.