Freehold Sale

Our costs for a freehold house sale

 This page gives you information about our fees for dealing with a freehold house sale, and the expenses you will incur in connection with our work. Not all properties are the same, and there may be more fees or expenses involved, for example, in selling an historic cottage than a brand new home.

If you call us and give us a few details of the property you are selling, we can give you a personalised quotation which will detail our fees and the expenses likely to be payable in your particular transaction.

For your free, “no obligation” quotation, please call one of our experienced conveyancing team on 01223 578070 (Cambridge) or 01223 518317 (Histon).

Our conveyancing team

 House sales are dealt with by Alison Blackman, Laura Hales, Kelly Hall and Emma Hunt in our Cambridge office where Alison supervises the team, and by David Parker, Rachael Partridge, and Emma Stanley in our Histon office.

You can find details of their qualifications and experience by following the link to Our People here 

What fees and expenses will I incur on a house sale?

 The total costs to you of your purchase will be made up of:

Our fees and some expenses are subject to VAT, currently 20%. In the information below, figures in brackets include VAT.

We will look at both these elements in turn.

Our fees

Our fees include all the work normally involved in a house sale. Our fees will reflect the value of the property, where it is and how quickly the transaction needs to go through.

For a typical house sale up to a price of £1m, our fees range from £950 (£1,140) to £2,500 (£3,000).  In addition, we charge £25 (£30) for handling each transfer of money on the completion date – usually there is one such transfer, to repay your mortgage, but there may be more if, for example, you have more than one mortgage on your property.

For properties above £1m our fees range from £2,500 (£3,000) up to £6,000 (£7,200).

Our expenses

In the typical sale transaction, we will incur expenses of:

Is everything included in your fees?

Our fees include all the legal work normally involved in a house sale. Sometimes, when we review the documents relating to your property, we may find that additional work is required.

Examples would be:

If a need for any additional work arises we will always tell you, and inform you what additional fees or expenses are likely to be incurred.

How long will my sale take?

This all depends on whether a “chain” of transactions is involved, and the length of the chain. If your buyer is a first time buyer with a mortgage arranged, and you have already bought your new home, it could be very quick. But if you are in a longer chain, and a party somewhere in the chain delays, or a problem arises which takes time to resolve or someone pulls out of the chain before contracts are exchanged, every transaction in the chain will be slowed down.

In our experience, the average transaction will take 12-16 weeks from your buyer’s offer being accepted to completion of your sale.

What steps are involved in a house sale?

The precise stages involved in a house sale vary slightly from one transaction to another, but the stages in a typical transaction will be: