You could hire a long wheel base van for the day for around £50 + the fuel and get a few mates to help!
OK, back to my real world example.
We were going to pay for a "Proper Removal Company" to come and pack (at least the fragile stuff), and do the move. Prices around £1200-1500. Due to the delays, we had to take who we could get. Top local company on Yel said they could help, but while waiting their second 7.5T truck got a firm commitment. They sent us 5 blokes, 1x7.5* and 2x3.5** tonne vans and worked bloody hard from 9-5 to move us 500m. We packed everything (I never want to see a cardboard box again!)
£950 inc VAT - Note; We are in our 50s, with a life-time of stuff and there are 3 kids living at home, and my daughter has lots of stuff here in "storage".
** Managements clothes in one, the rest of our stuff in the other.
Here we go. SWBO is in bed before she kills someone, the "someones" are in bed too). I'm supposed to be making an escape route for the cats so they don't have to come and go via the bedroom windows at 3 in the morning.
Selling a £192k house; answering enquiries (questions that the buyers sols raise. Like who maintains which fence) sorting deeds, preparing contract. Discharging the old mortgage and dealing with Land Registry changes and LR fees. Sundry minor expenses and VAT on the lot. £730
Buying a £250k house; Raising enquiries etc etc. preparation of Stamp Duty Tax Return, and the rest of the gumph above. £882.
Fees paid out (and recovered from us) Search Bundle £222, Land Charge Search Fee £2, HM Land Registry Search Fees £3, Stamp Duty £2470, Land Registry fees £270.
Grand Total paid in the whole shebang £3849
Personally, I would choose a small, family run solicitor and pay a bit more; even more so lately as you really do get what you pay for.
As for doing it yourself, I agree you can and I would have a stab at it myself but moving is stressful enough as it is, I would rather someone else do it for me.
I've used licensed conveyancers twice and a solicitors twice. There was no discernible difference in service - other than price. I've heard horror stories about both. A solicitor friend used to tell me stories about how firms would jerk customers around and of course, they would always blame the other parties no matter what.
Our last experience was a LC and we didn't particularly rate them yet our old neighbours thought they were the Dogs B's. SWMBO sold her house via a solicitor and paid twice as much as she could have and there was no real difference in service.
Just got the legal fees bill for our move. £1300 all in, fees and searches.
No just purchasing.
Some of you are really lucky with the costs for your stuff! :(
Lawyers here for the buying of a house is crazy expensive, and pretty much double the price when selling as well!