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Venturing into the property market can sometimes feel complicated and stressful. Whether you're selling or buying a home, remortgaging or want to transfer equity from your property, the amount of paperwork can seem like a daunting prospect. That's why we're here to provide the specialist conveyancing services that you need.

Our expert panel of conveyancing solicitors will take care of all the legal formalities for you, so you don't have to worry. And when you get a quote for conveyancing services from us, rest assured that the legal fee you are quoted for for conveyancing will be exactly what you pay, with no hidden costs*.

But before you begin, we understand that you might want to know a little bit more about what's involved in conveyancing, the role of a conveyancer, how much conveyancing services cost and who might need them. You want conveyancing explained, and that's exactly what this page is all about.

What is conveyancing?

Conveyancing is the term used to describe all the paperwork and legal formalities that come with buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity from a property or land. All of this is done on your behalf by a conveyancing solicitor or a licensed conveyancer, and the work they do is known as conveyancing services.

What is a conveyancing solicitor?

A conveyancing solicitor or licensed conveyancer is a qualified professional who will carry out the conveyancing services on your behalf to help you get your move completed.

For customers, conveyancing solicitors and licensed conveyancers are essentially the same thing. Both are fully qualified in property conveyancing and will do exactly the same job.

The only differences are that conveyancing solicitors are regulated under the Solicitors Regulation Authority and they specialise in conveyancing and may be qualified in other legal services. Licensed conveyancers, meanwhile, tend to be specialists in property law and are regulated under the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.

What does a conveyancer do?

The conveyancing services provided by your solicitor will depend on the transaction you have hired them to help with. For example, if you are buying a property, the role of a conveyancer is to:

  • Confirm your ID and ask to see a mortgage offer, if you are buying with a mortgage
  • Request a number of searches to provide information on the property and the surrounding area
  • Negotiate the sale price on your behalf and agree a completion date
  • Exchange contracts with the sellers
  • Transfer funds on completion day and arrange for the keys to be collected
  • Register you as the new owner with the Land Registry and pay any Stamp Duty Land Tax (in England) or Land Transaction Tax (in Wales) on your behalf

If you are selling a property, the role of a conveyancer is to:

  • Draw up the sale contract and let the buyer know what is included in the sale
  • Confirm with the buyer's conveyancing solicitor that the funds are in place
  • Negotiate the sale price with the buyer's solicitor and agree a completion date
  • Agree on the exchange of contracts
  • Pay off any outstanding mortgage once the sale is complete. Your conveyancing solicitor will then deduct their fees and send the remaining funds to you

Who might need conveyancing services?

At Homeward Legal, we are able to provide conveyancing services for those looking to buy, sell or remortgage their properties. We can also look after those who want to transfer equity, as well as first-time buyers and anyone using the Help to Buy scheme.

Conveyancing services for buyers

When you're buying a property or land, you'll need someone to request the relevant searches, negotiate prices, exchange contracts and transfer the funds on your behalf. The conveyancing solicitors we work with all support to ensure your move goes through with a minimum of fuss.

Find out more about conveyancing services for buyers.

Conveyancing services for sellers

Selling your home can seem stressful, but it doesn't have to be that way. We can put you in touch with a friendly, professional conveyancing solicitor who will do all the legal legwork for you - including exchanging contracts, negotiating prices and paying off any outstanding mortgage.

Find out more about conveyancing services for sellers.

Conveyancing services for movers

Of course, it could be that you're looking to both sell your existing property and purchase a new one. That means two lots of paperwork, and potentially twice the headache. But our panel of conveyancing solicitors will be able to help with both your sale and purchase.

Find out more about conveyancing services for movers.

Conveyancing services for transfer of equity

When you're adding or removing one or more people from the legal register of a property or piece of land, it's likely that a transfer of equity will have to take place. Our conveyancing solicitors can draft the agreements and deal with any remortgage requirements.

Find out more about conveyancing services for transfer of equity. 

Conveyancing services for remortgaging

All of our conveyancing solicitors are on all lender panels, so you can rest assured they will be able to take care of all your remortgaging needs. With so many different options available, it's vital that you secure the mortgage deal that suits you, and that's where our panel of conveyancers can help.

Find out more about conveyancing services for a remortgage.

Conveyancing services for first-time buyers

Buying your first home - whether that's by yourself or with a loved one - is an exciting experience. But there's so much to think about, and all the paperwork and formalities involved can seem a little daunting. That's where we can help the process run as smoothly as possible.

Find out more about conveyancing services for first-time buyers.

Conveyancing services for Help to Buy

The Help to Buy scheme has made property ownership achievable for a greater number of people, allowing buyers to secure their dream home with as little as a 5% deposit. All our conveyancing solicitors are on the UK lender panels, so they can act for both you and the mortgage company.

Find out more about conveyancing services for Help to Buy

How much does conveyancing services cost?

The price of your conveyancing services will vary depending on the value of your property and the transaction you are completing, so unfortunately there's no one simple answer to this question. However, these are some of the charges you may typically expect to find:

  • Solicitors' fees
  • Surveyors' fees
  • Lenders' fees
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax** (in England, Land Transaction Tax in Wales)
  • Land Registry Fees
  • Local Authority Searches
  • Electronic bank transfer fee
  • Management pack for leasehold properties
  • Estate agent costs
  • Removal costs
  • VAT

**Please note that in July 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced there would be no stamp duty to pay on properties in England and Northern Ireland up to a value of £500,000 until 31 March 2021.

If you're looking to buy, sell, remortgage or transfer equity from your property, get in touch about conveyancing services today. It's perfectly simple to get an online quote - you can do so in a matter of moments by entering just a few details. Alternatively, you can always give us a ring on  or request a callback and we'll be happy to speak to you.

*Fixed legal Fee - Your quote from Homeward Legal will cover common conveyancing costs in line with the information you've provided to us. Depending on the specific circumstances of your transaction, and after discussion with your solicitor, there may be additional non-standard fees which would be in addition to the fee quoted by Homeward Legal.

†No-Completion Protection protects your fixed fee quote in the event that your property transaction falls-through. To secure this benefit, a transferable administration fee of £125+VAT is taken at the point of instruction and then deducted from your final bill. It is not an extra fee. Should your transaction fail to complete, for whatever reason, you will pay no further fees on that transaction. Your initial payment will rollover to your next instruction with us and will be used against the balance of your legal fees on your completion statement.

There is no time limit to returning and re-instructing Homeward Legal, and no limit to the number of times that the initial payment can be rolled over.

Should you cancel your transaction within 14 days, for any reason, your initial payment will be refunded in full. After 14 days, if you subsequently decide not to proceed with a Homeward Legal solicitor, your initial payment will be used to cover the administration costs incurred to date. No further payment will be necessary.

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