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moving house costs - how much for surveys conveyancing etc

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imtheirmum Thu 05-Jul-07 20:14:22

Just toying with idea of a house move in London. Anyone moved recently and have an idea of how much it costs? Stamp duty (ouch) I can work out, and I know things like local searches etc are fairly standard, estate agent fees/mortgage application fees I can work out. But just can not remember /not sure about survey costs, conveyancing (selling and buying) and removal costs. We would be moving from 3 bed house in London.
Your advice appreciated!

LIZS Thu 05-Jul-07 20:58:00

Reckon ours (Feb this year) in total was about 20k . Stamp Duty and Estate Agent the main costs plus surveys about £500 plus follow-up £200 (discounted as done by friend), legal about £1500 inc searches etc, removals £1200. South East so not London.

cazzybabs Thu 05-Jul-07 21:01:05

Our survery was about 450 and our packing was again about 1200 but they did pack everything up (well worth the money).

Catilla Thu 05-Jul-07 21:10:00

Just doing this myself (am in London, moving fairly locally)...

Solicitor is charging close to £1000 for the sale and £1000 for the purchase.

Survey - we are doing Homebuyers Report, cost is £900.

Removals - just got a quote from Pickfords who I'd expect to be the most expensive... full packing for 3 bedroom house is over £2000.

Bloomin' expensive all round I say.
BTW I found a huge spread in estate agent fees... but then if the more expensive one gets you lots more £££ for your house, maybe it's worth it.


imtheirmum Thu 05-Jul-07 21:14:02

sharp intake of breath - I wish I hadn't asked!!! I suppose I knew it wasn't going to be cheap... very helpful though, thanks!

frogs Thu 05-Jul-07 21:17:55

Weirdly, solicitors seem to work out their costs based on the selling/purchase price of your house, which seems a bit odd given that the work for them should be the same whether they're selling a 2-bed or a 5-bed house.

There is an element of getting what you pay for with solicitors, so get a recommendation if possible, rather than going for the cheapest. If your chain hits the buffers, the last thing you want is an incompetent solicitor holding everything up -- our sellers' solicitor was a strong contender for Crap Solicitor of the Year award, and it was a nightmare. Ours on the other hand was expensive (slightly more than Catilla mentions) but v. efficient and proactive.

We paid £1700 (including VAT) for full packing for a 5-bed house, so Pickfords sounds expensive, and not necessarily that great from what I've heard. We used Ward Thomas Removals who were very good.

Millarkie Thu 05-Jul-07 21:26:19

Our costs were very similar to Catillas.

Catilla Thu 05-Jul-07 21:27:44

Thanks for the recommendation frogs.

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