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Selling your Home
Taking the leap and selling your home can be equally exciting and nerve-wracking, particularly if you’re also buying a new house at the same time. There are many important factors to consider, including getting your property valued, working out how much you can afford to spend on the move, and finding somewhere new to buy or rent. With so much going on, it’s important you have an experienced conveyancing solicitor by your side to support and guide you through the process.
At Fishers, our conveyancing team of solicitors, legal executives, and licenced conveyancers have helped countless individuals, couples, and families sell up and secure their next home.
Whether you’re a first time home mover, a buy to let landlord looking to reduce your portfolio, or a retiree looking to downsize, we have the skills to make your home selling experience as smooth and stress-free as possible.
We’ve been recognised as one of the UK’s leading conveyancing teams with the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme Accreditation.
We understand that selling your home can be an expensive time. We’re able to offer our services to most clients on a fixed fee basis which we’ll agree at the start of your transaction so you can stay on top of your legal fees. For some general information about how much your property sale could cost and what our service includes, please visit our residential sale pricing page.
How our conveyancing solicitors can help you sell your home
We can assist with all types of residential sale, including:
- Selling and buying a property at the same time
- Selling buy to lets
- Selling second homes or holiday homes
- Selling freehold and leasehold property
- Selling homes bought under Government Schemes such as HelpHelp to Buy and Shared Ownership
- Equity transfer
Our conveyancing solicitors’ fixed fees include all aspects of standard property transactions, including:
- Liaising with interested parties, including the buyer, estate agents, the buyer’s solicitors, mortgage lenders, surveyors, the seller of your new home and their agents, freehold landlords, and leasehold managing agents
- Reviewing Title documents and the terms of the lease (if applicable)
- Preparing and reviewing the sale contract and negotiating terms if necessary
- Receiving the deposit and purchase monies, ensuring mortgages are paid off, and the sale completed
- Liaising with HM Land Registry regarding the formal transfer
Selling your home FAQs
What is conveyancing?
Conveyancing is the process of legally transferring your home to someone else. This usually happens in 2 stages:
- The preparation and exchange of contracts. The deposit will also be paid at this point. Once contracts are exchanged, neither the buyer or seller can back out without losing the deposit and/or becoming liable for hefty penalties
- The completion of the transfer. This is the point where purchase monies are paid, your mortgage is paid off, and the legal title of the property is transferred into the buyer’s name
How long will the conveyancing process take?
Every property transaction is unique, so how long the conveyancing process takes will depend on the individual circumstances of your case. If everything goes smoothly with no delays, the process usually takes about 6-8 weeks from the moment you accept an offer.
We appreciate that time is of the essence with the majority of house sales, particularly where you’re also purchasing a new home. We’ll always act without delay to ensure that, wherever possible, your transaction progresses efficiently.
Why do I have to prove my identity?
We are required by law to verify your identity for money laundering prevention purposes. Third parties may also require us to verify your identity for them, such as mortgage lenders.
How much will it cost to sell my house?
There are 3 main costs you will encounter during the house selling process:
- Estate agent fees – this could include additional extras such as professional photography to market your property
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) – all sellers are now required to purchase an EPC before selling their property.
- Conveyancing legal fees – for some general information about our fees, please visit our Residential Sale Pricing page
As well as our legal fees, you may be liable for some third party costs such as Land Registry fees which we will incur on your behalf. However, we’ll always make you aware of any additional costs before they are incurred.
Do I have to pay Stamp Duty?
As the seller, you won’t have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax; this is the responsibility of the buyer.
Do I have to pay Capital Gains Tax?
You may have to pay Capital Gains Tax if you’re selling a property which isn’t your primary residence, such as:
- A buy to let
- A second home
- A holiday home
- Inherited property
Why choose Fishers’ conveyancing solicitors to sell your home?
At Fishers, we have served local communities across Ashby de la Zouch & Tamworth for many years. We have an enviable reputation for our knowledge of the local property market across Staffordshire and Leicestershire.
We take a client-centred approach designed to exceed your expectations and help you achieve your home moving goals as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. We appreciate that you’re probably monitoring your finances thoroughly at this time so we’ll always be clear and transparent about our legal fees and any third party costs (such as Land Registry fees) you may encounter along the way. We can offer the majority of our clients fixed fees agreed at the start of your case so you can stay fully in control of your legal fees.
Our firm is recognised for our expertise and exceptional service by the Law Society with the Conveyancing Quality Scheme Accreditation.
Fishers is independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).