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Remortgage guide

Find out what remortgaging means and what is involved should you want to remortgage your home.

Remortgage guide

What does remortgaging mean?

Remortgaging is the process of changing your current property loan or mortgage to a new mortgage deal. This could be with either your existing lender or a new mortgage provider.

Why remortgage your home?

There are many reasons people choose to remortgage a property, including:

  • Reducing your monthly payments by changing to a different rate
  • Releasing equity in your property (e.g. to provide funds for building work, or to purchase another property)
  • Changing to a fixed-rate to assist with your monthly budgeting
  • To pay off your mortgage sooner

It is important to ascertain why you wish to remortgage your property, as this will help you decide which mortgage type would be most appropriate.

Where to start

Investigate the different types of mortgage product available, and determine which would suit you best; this could be a fixed, variable or tracker mortgage. Make sure, when comparing the rates of different mortgages, you are comparing like for like.

Start by speaking to your current lender to see if they can offer you a better deal for your remortgage. This can be the cheapest option as you may be able to avoid paying for a new mortgage valuation or for another local authority search. You may possibly save on legal fees too.

Once you know what your current lender can offer you, look around to find alternative mortgage options available and see if another lender can improve on the offer. When you're comparing mortgage lenders it's a good idea to apply for a mortgage in principle from the lenders you're interested in. Then you'll know that, in theory, the lender is willing to offer you a mortgage, and comparison will be more useful.

We recommend speaking to the Mortgage Advice Bureau for help, who are experts in finding the right mortgage.

Remember to ask your current lender about early redemption penalties. You do not want to have a large bill for leaving your mortgage before the agreed date.

How does remortgaging work?

You will need to submit specific paperwork to your new chosen lender. This includes:

  • Proof of your income
  • Information about your expenses and outgoings
  • Proof of your residency, such as a passport or driving licence

Your lender will also conduct a credit check, so it's important to check your credit score is up to scratch.

The ability to remortgage is based on the individual circumstances of a home owner.

If you bought your home prior to 2014, the Mortgage Market Review in 2014 has likely made the criteria for lending stricter than when you got your initial mortgage. If this is your case, it would be advisable to seek mortgage advice to help you find the right deal.

Your home will require a mortgage valuation in order for you to remortgage it. This can range from a ‘drive by’ valuation to a surveyor visiting your home for a detailed inspection.

If the lender’s valuation is less than expected, you can get a Surveyor to provide a valuation to see if your lender will reconsider their original assesment.

You will need to appoint a conveyancing solicitor to:

  • Undertake a local authority search or to organise search indemnity insurance (a cheaper policy covering anything that might have been discovered in a search)
  • Organise the transfer of debt from one lender to the other

The process of remortgaging a property usually takes between 4 and 8 weeks (depending on the current market and time of year).

How much does it cost to remortgage?

It is important to factor in all the costs involved in remortgaging a property, as you need to ensure the cost of remortgaging is not higher than the saving you would make switching to a new mortgage deal.
 

The fees involved in remortgaging can consist of:

 
Early repayment fees An extra charge to pay off your mortgage early, usually between 1-5% of the remaining balance.
Exit fee You may be charged a fee of around £50-£60 to leave regardless of whether you left early.
Property valuation Typically between £300-£500, but can reach up to £1,500. However some lenders offer valuations for free.
Mortgage Broker fee Iif you use a mortgage broker to help you secure a mortgage they will charge you a fee or work on commission.

If you’re moving to a new provider:

 
Arrangement fees with new provider Typically between £1,000-£2,000
Booking fee Sometimes lenders charge to secure a fixed rate £100-£300
Coveyancing fees Required to add your new lender to the title deed. Usually around £300-£350 upfront, but is offered for free by many lenders

There is no stamp duty to pay on remortgaging, provided you are not transferring the legal title of the property as part of the remortgage. 

Do you need a solicitor to remortgage?

Conveyancing for remortgaging is cheaper than when buying or selling a home, however legal advice and paperwork would still be required. If you do decide to use a solicitor, you can find a re-mortgage conveyancing solicitor who can undertake your remortgage in your area.

Updated July 2022

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