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Selling a house conveyancing guide

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When selling, conveyancing is the legal process of transferring ownership to your buyer. Learn more about conveyancing for sellers, with our detailed conveyancing guide to selling a house.

  • Kavi Chauhan Deputy Head of Conveyancing & Licensed Conveyancer
    Kavi Chauhan

    Deputy Head of Conveyancing & Licensed Conveyancer.

    Published March 13th 2024

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What is conveyancing?

Conveyancing is the legal transfer of property changing ownership from the seller to the buyer. It includes all the processes and paperwork that ensure a sale is conducted properly.

Find out more about what conveyancing is.

Why do I need a conveyancer when selling?

A conveyancing solicitor will take care of the conveyancing process and legal aspects of a house sale. These include giving you the correct forms to complete, gathering documents for your buyer, creating a draft contract and liaising with your buyer’s solicitor.

Find out more about what a conveyancer is.

When should you instruct a conveyancer?

When selling a house, you’ll need to formally instruct a conveyancer once you’ve accepted an offer. However, it is possible to choose your conveyancer and instruct them before this point, which is a good idea if you want to get as much prepared for the sale as you can.

Watch our video to find out what happens once you’ve instructed your conveyancer.

What are the conveyancing steps when selling?

For your sale, a conveyancer will complete tasks such as checking your ID and property details, they'll send you the right paperwork and questionnaires to fill in for your buyers, draw up the draft contracts as well as arrange a date for the exchange of contracts and completion with your buyers solicitors.

Watch our selling a house video to get a better understanding of all the conveyancing steps involved when selling a house.

How long does conveyancing take when selling a house?

Conveyancing for house sales can typically take between 12-16 weeks, providing everything goes relatively smoothly, however this is dependent on yours and your buyers’ circumstances. It can take longer than this if for example:

Find out more about how long it takes to sell a house as well as what can lead to delays.

Does a seller pay conveyancing fees?

Yes, when selling a house, you’ll have conveyancing fees to pay. The main costs when you sell a house are estate agent and conveyancing fees. The conveyancing costs will vary depending on factors such as, whether you are just selling (likely to cost around £800), or if you are selling and buying at the same time (you could expect to pay around £2,000 in conveyancing fees). Get a personalised conveyancing quote to get an idea of the fees for your sale. Alternatively, you can find a comprehensive list of conveyancing fees in our guide.

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FAQs for sellers

Selling a house? Find answers to our frequently-asked questions below:

What documents will I need for my house sale?

Initially you will need to provide proof of ID, such as a passport or driving licence and proof of residence in the form of a bank statement/utility bill. You will also need a redemption statement from your mortgage provider to find out the outstanding amount.

Do I need an energy performance certificate (EPC)

It’s a legal requirement to provide your potential buyer with an EPC within seven days of putting your house on the market.

What’s the benefit of using the same conveyancer for my purchase and sale?

By using the same conveyancer, you reduce the number of parties involved. The same systems, processes and timetables will be applied, likely saving time along the way.

Should I sell my house before buying another?

This method can be less stressful and put you in a strong position as a buyer. However, you can make an offer on a property even if yours is on the market.

Should I avoid a chain when buying and selling?

Although operating without a chain is the most desirable way to buy and sell, it’s often unavoidable.

Find out more about what being in a chain means when selling a house.

Do you need a deposit when buying and selling a house?

Every house purchase requires a deposit at exchange, however if you’re buying and selling at the same time, your buyer’s deposit usually covers this. The deposit received from your purchaser is passed on to your seller, and the same will happen all the way along the chain.

Why choose us

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  • Your time matters to us

    Using the right combination of tech and people, at the right points in your journey, helps to fast track the process and keep you in control.

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