Has anyone ever done this? I'm a retired divorce lawyer and currently own a willwriting practice so I have some conveyancing experience and training but haven't done any hands on conveyancing for donkey's years.
The cheapest quote I have for the sale is £995 plus VAT, so £1200 in all plus disbursements. I'm fairly sure that acting on the sale isn't rocket science, it's just a matter of drawing up the contract and answering various enquiries, doing the TR1 etc (there's no mortgage).
I will use a solicitor to do the purchase (no mortgage again) as I'm not confident that I'd know the right questions to ask.
You should be able to Google any forms you need, though the purchaser will draft the transfer document, so you would only need to send the draft contract. If you made any personal covenants or positive covenants you'll need to pass them on.
I would never ever do my own conveyancing, nor that of my friends and family, no matter how simple the transaction. Yes, conveyancing is relatively straightforward but you are not talking about buying a sofa. If you get it wrong it could cost you hundreds of thousands of pounds.
You pay for a solicitor or professional conveyancer to do the work in order to be protected by their professional indemnity policy.
This was absolutely drummed into us at law school. As a retired solicitor, you should know better OP!!
I'm currently doing it. If there's no mortgage its possible.
Mine is slightly complicated in that I inherited part of the house and am buying my siblings out.
I'm having to do the tr1 form, the ap1 form as well as getting some id1 forms signed by a registered conveyancer. The land registry are very helpful and answer questions by email promptly in how to fill the forms out. They've also done step by step YouTube videos.
I don't have a purchaser to worry about as I'm selling it and buying it in effect. My siblings are being patient. I don't know how easy it would be with a stranger buying te house as I wouldn't know how to coordinate the money you'd need to be paid and to do exchange and completion.
I've done my own conveyancing on a sale and a purchase with mortgages involved. To my mind, caveat emptor covers it for the sale and if there's a mortgage involved on the purchase, you need to involve a solicitor to a limited extent to check title and charges etc, but the cost for this is far less.
I've studied property law as part of a degree but am not qualified. All the forms are available from legal stationery suppliers and a DIY conveyancing book from the library.
I'm a conveyancer and started doing my own conveyancing selling a house I've inherited. I have the grant of probate in my name. But the buyer's solicitors insisted I instructed a solicitor to send the money to.
I think the quotes you've had are high though. For a straightforward sale I'd think more around £500 plus vat.
That seems excessive to me. I'm in Manchester and know a couple of good solicitors I can pass on details of who would not charge anywhere like that figure. You don't have to have a local solicitor - everything can be done by post and email.