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What is conveyancing?

Conveyancing is the legal process used to describe all the paperwork and legal formalities that come with buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity from a property or land.

If you are selling or buying a property, remortgaging or want to transfer equity from your property, 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.

We're here to provide you with the residential conveyancing services you need. Our expert panel of residential conveyancing solicitors will take care of all the legal formalities for you.

Who might need conveyancing services?

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

Commercial Conveyancing services for businesses

Commercial Conveyancing is similar to residential conveyancing because it involves transferring the legal title, but it is focused on business operations. 

Find out more about commercial conveyancing.

Auction Conveyancing service for property auctions

Auction property conveyancing is different to the standard way of completing a property transaction as it is solely focused on property bought and sold through a property auction. 

Find out more about auction conveyancing.

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
  • 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
  • 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

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

The Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday of up to £500,000 ended on the 30th June 2021. However, there is still temporary relief in place until 31st September 2021 up to £250,000, with the stamp duty rate ranging from 2% to 12% of the purchase price in England and Northern Ireland. After then, stamp duty will revert back to the normal threshold of £125,000.

If you're looking to buy, sell, remortgage or transfer equity from your property, get an instant online quote today!

Alternatively, you can always give us a ring on  or request a callback and we'll be happy to speak to you.

Your Fixed Legal Fee** quote from Homeward Legal ensures that you pay no more than we have quoted you for and is based on the information you’ve provided to us being true and accurate.

There are specific circumstances on a minority of transactions that may require additional charges that could not be foreseen at the outset.

A list of those charges and explanations can be found here with details of the potential cost. These will only be charged following discussion with your conveyancer with a clear explanation of what they are for.

No Completion No Fee is our promise that in the unfortunate event that your property transaction falls-through you will not be liable for any of the conveyancer’s fixed legal fees for the work completed.

To secure this benefit a fee, already included in your quote, is taken upon on deciding to go ahead with your transaction.

Should your transaction fall through, for whatever reason, we can hold this amount on account for your next transaction or provide a refund.

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