It depends where you are. When I got quotes they ranged from £1300 - £2500 in Surrey (all in excluding stamp duty £750 for sale, £850 for purchase, £350ish for searches + VAT). The cheap ones were based up north and the expensive ones were local. In the end I chose a local one who was one of the most expensive. He was actually recommended by a MN-er. A good conveyancer is worth every penny as they have the power to make or break your process.
Whoever you choose, make sure you check reviews, google them or even better get someone recommended. If you say what area you are in then I am sure someone on here will be able to help.
So far I am very pleased with or conveyancer, he's not cheap but on par with other non-northern firms. I can pm you details if you want.
I got a quote from Simpson Millar but I saw some bad online reviews. House buying is so stressful anyway I couldn't risk having a rubbish solicitor. Sometimes when I want to go cheap I do have to remind myself of the saying "If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys"!
Whatever you do, do not go for the cheapest. It is a false economy. The most important thing is to speak to whoever wll actually carry out your work. If they don't sound as though you can have confidence in them go elsewhere. Please make sure they have a sense of humour and it sounds as though they enjoy doing the job. There is nothing worse than having to speak to someone you are going to be dealing with for a couple of months who cannot wait to get you off the phone. I am a conveyancer with over 40 years experience, work for a firm that is 200 years old this year. I am up north and not cheap! Good luck
Thanks I did in the end go with a local person who was definitely not the cheapest. And I spoke with them on the phone to check them out. I took the recommendation from this thread also but the solicitor in question was too busy to help on this occasion.