Moving house is an exciting and important event in any person’s lifetime – but that’s not to say it doesn’t come with a few stresses along the way!
There are several services out there that can assist with the moving process and here at My Big Move, we want to help to find the best ones for you.
• You can read Reviews on our Providers' Profile Pages
Each company that we recommend have their own personal page on our website. Here, you will be offered their contact details and information on the services they offer, in addition to the work they've done.
This makes it easier for you to make comparisons between your options and find the result that works best for you!
As well as seeing the firm's profile pages, you can have a read of some helpful reviews left by previous customers. Reviews and recommendations can be the best method of gaining an understanding of what to expect – so get reading!
• Our Conveyancers (Property Solicitors) are Regulated and Experienced
You’re in safe hands as you’re working with the real deal. All the companies that we suggest to you are regulated and well-experienced in the field of Conveyancing. The CLC – Council for Licenced Conveyancers – means that all Conveyancers must abide to certain rules and guidelines if they wish to continue practice as property solicitors.
If Conveyancers are found not to be following these rules, they can find themselves in a lot of trouble.
Having a Conveyancer at hand can give you more security in terms of your legal ties and documents being sorted properly by someone who knows their stuff!
• Receive 4 Results Straight Away!
You don’t have to hang around for any contacts or quotes, they will be supplied to you instantly! With up to 4 results, you can make easy comparisons and begin to consider the different options available.
This will save you hours of time completing research and asking for quotes. Using the details that you give us, we will supply you with 4 professional companies that you can trust. This really speeds up the process for you!
• Gain Expert Advice
We will only offer you the details of Property Solicitors that are experienced and qualified in the field of Conveyancing.
Any advice and insight that you can get from an expert that can help you progress with your house move is something you’ll be so grateful for – trust us!
Conveyancers will be involved with cases like yours as part of their everyday life and so they’re well experienced.
With a professional at hand to help to complete all of your legal documents, it’s one less thing to worry about.
Conveyancing fees are mad up of two parts: a fixed fee and disbursements. There’s not really a fixed figure that can be given as the total cost. This is due to several factors that come into play that can affect the final conveyancing fee.
Make sure you compare Conveyancing fees and costs as they can easily vary.
Disbursements are just the additional costs that a Conveyancer will be met with that you will be paying for.
In a nut shell, this covers the costs of completing and processing all the legal documents that come with a house move.
• Disbursements for Buying a Property
Some examples of Disbursements that you can be expected to pay are:
- Local Authority Searches: These are designed to help protect you from any possible council plans that could affect your house move during or after your move.
This could save you a lot of money or hassle in the future.
- Local Searches: This checks for anything like limestone or coal mining that could have an impact on the foundations of your building.
It means that your building is located on safe and solid ground.
- Environmental Searches: Looks for anything that could cause contamination around your property.
It makes sure that there’s nothing toxic nearby, but also avoids you having to live in a smelly property – so it’s worth the checks!
There is also Stamp Duty, also known as ‘Land Tax’ and not a lot of people planning to move home are aware that they must pay this.
Your rate of payment is calculated and based around a percentage of the total price of your property.
Below is the percentage that you can be expected to pay, based on the cost of your property.
• Below £125,000 = 0%
• £125,001 - £250,000 = 2%
• £250,001 - £925,000 = 5%
• £925,001 - £1,500,000 = 10%
• Over £1,500,000 = 12%
Conveyancing Fees will normally cover Stamp Duty as part of their initial price quote.
A further fixed fee that you must pay is the Land Registration Fee and again, depends on the cost of the property being purchased.
Prices generally range from £40 - £700.
• Disbursements for Selling a Property
As well as completing the Conveyancing process for buying a property, there are also additional payments for selling. You’ll be pleased to know that there are fewer payments when selling!
These fees include:
- Land Registry Office Copies: The solid and legal confirmation showing that you are the legal owner of the property that you are trying to sell.
- Telegraphic Transfer Fee: This is charged by your bank and covers the cost of sending the money used to purchase the property.
This won’t normally be required for houses with a mortgage less than £60,000.
Both Disbursements for selling a property also need to be paid as part of buying a property.
• Overall Conveyancing Fees
The overall costs of Conveyancing can fall anywhere between roughly £700 - £3000 with all your disbursements included. However, this does not include Stamp Duty.
If you are supplied a quote that doesn't fall into this bracket, you may want to question why this is.
Here at My Big Move, we can empathise with the stress that come with a house move. Unfortunately, something that should be exciting can come with many options to think about.
Because of this, we like to give you all of the firms you need under one roof (or on one website!).
Conveyancers will be extremely beneficial to you as part of the moving process, and here’s how:
1. Conveyancers Save Time
You can do some DIY Conveyancing in some cases, we severely do not recommend this! A house move is an incredibly detailed and complicated legal process. It needs to be done by a professional who had been extensively trained in the matter. It speeds up the house-move considerably and let's you take care of other matters.
2. Saves Money
We can understand that it can seem a costly fee at the time, but Conveyancer’s can save you a lot of money.
If in their searches, they can identify a problem, such as several new housing plots being built that could devalue your property, then you will be able to rethink your options and save yourself from a long-term and costly disaster.
Side note – Although it’s great to save money where you can, very cheap conveyancing quotes should not be jumped at straight away.
If a fee is noticeably lower than the others, then maybe the cheap conveyancing quote should be treated with a bit of suspicion.
3. They Work for You
As you are the one to select and employ the Property Solicitor (Conveyancer), it is within their job description that you are their priority.
You can then feel secure and safe in the knowledge that they are working with your best interest in mind.
All of our listed conveyancers are experienced and knowledgeable, able to provide you with a thoroughly effective service. Every conveyancer knows the property laws like the back of their hand, and have dealt with many cases before, so you can rest safe in the fact that they'll be able to do their job quickly and efficiently.
- How long does the process take?
It’s important to understand just how much time will be spent on this process so that you can plan the rest of the moving process around this.
On average, the process takes somewhere between 8-12 weeks.
Asking how long will give you chance to plan your move. Anything outside of this bracket should be considered and questioned.
- How much will it cost?
Although the cost will vary greatly between companies, anything figure outside of the £700 - £3000 range should raise an eyebrow.
When you receive a quote, it’s also important to ask exactly what is included in that price - what add-ons you can be expect to receive.
Compare your options and remember: the cheapest doesn’t always mean the best!
- Do you have Client Management Software?
This is a piece of software that allows you to track exactly where the process is up to.
It’s down to you to decide whether this is something that you want access to or whether you would prefer to leave it to the expert.
If this is something you’re wanting to be able to access, then this could help you with making a decision on your chosen Property Solicitor.
Conveyancing is a tricky business and a lot to get your head round!
• Cover Everything!
Once you are comfortable and ready to decide, make sure that you ask them all the questions you need, as silly as you think they might sound. The experts are there to help you.
Make sure everything is covered and that you’re satisfied. You can then you can sit back, relax and let the professionals get to work.