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Buying a new home can be an exciting time. But there's a lot for you to think about as well. And if you're also selling a property, things can start to become a little more complicated. That's where Homeward Legal can help. By finding our most trusted solicitors for moving house to act on your behalf, your move will be in the best possible hands.

All the paperwork, all the finances and all other legal questions. The conveyancing solicitors we work with at Homeward Legal are committed to pushing the entire process forward - protecting your interests at all times and making your move as seamless as possible. Call us on now or read on to discover how you can get an instant quote online.

To get a much clearer idea of the solicitor fees involved if you're moving house, use our helpful tool to get an instant quote. When you get a quote for conveyancing services from us, the legal price we quote you is the price you'll pay, with no hidden costs.*

Each sale and purchase is unique. The work that needs to be done by your solicitors for moving house can depend on several factors such as the type of property you're selling or buying, or whether you're using a government home ownership scheme

The bottom line is that your solicitor or licensed conveyancer deals with all the legal aspects of your sale and purchase. This includes preparing all the paperwork that you need for both parts of the process. But they'll also make sure the finances are in place and contracts are drawn up.

In addition, your solicitor or licensed conveyancer is there to liaise with the individuals or firms who represent the other buyer and seller involved in the process. When it's time to complete a sale and purchase, your moving conveyancer will then transfer the funds and ownership.

What is the moving conveyancing process?

The moving conveyancing process is more or less the same as if you were just buying or selling a home. The main (and obvious) difference is that, by combining both sides of the deal process, there's twice as much to consider. That's what your solicitor or licensed conveyancer is there to help with. Here's an at-a-glance look at what happens once your offers are accepted.

For your sale

  1. You'll be sent a Property Information (Protocol) Form to fill out
  2. Your solicitor will draft an initial sale contract, which is issued to the buyer's solicitor
  3. Your solicitor will respond to any enquiries received
  4. Terms are agreed and a date is set for completion
  5. Contracts are exchanged
  6. The sale is completed

For more details about the sale process, see our guide to conveyancing for sellers

For your purchase

  1. You'll need to complete ID and instruction forms
  2. Your solicitor will receive contracts from your seller's solicitor
  3. If you have any questions, your solicitor will raise them on your behalf
  4. Searches are carried out on the property you're buying
  5. Terms are agreed and a date is set for completion
  6. Contracts are exchanged
  7. The sale is completed

You also have some post-completion formalities to take care of as part of the purchase process. For more details, see our guide to conveyancing for buyers

For your solicitor or licensed conveyancer, the aim is to make sure that both processes can take place at the same time and pace. If this isn't possible for whatever reason however, there'll be no need to worry. The solicitors for moving house that we work with will keep things moving as fast and as much as possible to avoid any unnecessary delays in moving you to your new home.  

If you're about to move home, call us on or get your free, instant quote online.

For many people, it makes sense to use the same licensed conveyancer or solicitor for moving house. Both the sale and purchase processes involve a lot of paperwork and finances. This can make things complicated. Using the same person or firm to deal with it all can make the entire process much more efficient. 

Your solicitor will aim to stick to the same systems and timeframes for both sides of a property transaction. As such, this can help save you time and ensure your home move goes faster. You may also be able to save some money by instructing the same solicitor for moving house.

When should you instruct a moving conveyancer?

It's not essential to instruct a conveyancer or solicitor for moving house before you've made or received an offer on a property. But it can often be a good idea for you to appoint someone as soon as you put your home on the market. 

This means your conveyancer or solicitor can get to work on some of the tasks that take up the most time. From sourcing deeds to your home to getting you to fill out the Property Information (Protocol) Form, early instruction can help speed up the whole process.

There are also benefits to instructing a conveyancer or solicitor before your offer is accepted on a new home. Again, this can help make the process go faster. It can show potential sellers that you're serious about buying. And it means all the necessary ID checks can be done in advance.

What are solicitors' fees for buying and selling a house?

The value of your home, the value of the property you're buying and the type of property you're selling or buying. These are just three factors that could determine a solicitor's fees for buying and selling a house. The fees can also vary if either property is freehold or leasehold.

Your conveyancer or solicitor's fees for buying and selling a house in the UK will include all legal costs and disbursements, as well as VAT. By choosing Homeward Legal when you're looking for a solicitor for moving house, we can quote you a legal fee that will be exactly what you pay, with no hidden costs* so you'll know exactly what's what. 

Call us on to find out more. Or you can get an instant quote online now.

Moving house: When are solicitors' fees paid?

For the new home you're buying, your conveyancing quote will include additional items known as disbursements. These cover the fees and taxes that your conveyancer or solicitor must pay for the various searches - such as flood risk reports and planning consents.

In some cases, you may be asked for some payment up front to cover these costs. 

But it's likely that you'll pay your conveyancer or solicitor's fees for buying and selling a house upon completion. At Homeward Legal, our friendly team makes sure that you're fully aware of  the fees that you'll need to pay your solicitor or conveyancer - and when to pay them.  

What should you do next?

If you're starting the process of moving home, get a head-start by learning more about solicitors' fees for buying and selling a house. We can give you a free instant quote online or you can call us to find out more about your options on .

To make your move go as smoothly as possible, it helps to get ahead. And Homeward Legal are here to make that happen.

*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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