Moving can be a time-consuming and difficult process. Removal companies are here to help with this task. There are many different types of professional movers, with services ranging from packing and transport to cleaning and assembly. Read on to find out more about what removal companies can offer and the savings you can make by knowing what to ask for.
What are the average costs of removals?
The table below shows a general overview of the price ranges for a long-distance move with packing charges. The price depends on several factors that include: the volume of items to be moved, the accessibility of your original and destination house, the distance between these two properties, and the timing of the move.
For example, from May to September during the peak moving season, weekends, or the first and last days of the month, demand for removal companies is high, driving up prices. To avoid this, we recommend moving on a weekday. Also, based on the types of extra services you request of the movers, there are additional costs.
Removal company prices for journeys greater than 50 miles
|Number of Bedrooms|
Fixed Price Range
Additional Costs (i.e. Packing Costs)
£400 - £500
£150 - £200
£450 - £600
£200 - £250
£800 - £900
£250 - £300
£900 - £1,000
£300 - £400
Additional removal company costs
|Packing Materials||Boxes for a 4-bedroom house||
£120 - £150
|Dismantling and Assembly||Help with assembly / disassembly of furniture||
|Storage||Space if you cannot move immediately||
£30 per week
|Cleaning||Cleaning of old and new house||
£15 per hour
To determine the most accurate cost estimation, consider the situation surrounding your move as well as the level of service you would like. The price rises as the number of bedrooms increase, as more time and labour is required. For a more comprehensive look at professional mover prices, look at the removal costs page.
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What goes into a removal service?
Aside from loading and transporting your belongings, removal companies offer many other services that cater to your moving needs. These removal services are usually additional costs on top of the rates charged by the movers.
Packing and unpacking are the most common services that removal firms offer. If you do not want to go through the time-consuming activity of packing yourself, the movers will do this on your behalf. Depending on the company, the price may or may not include packing materials such as boxes, wrapping, and tapes.
If needed, movers will handle fragile items such as antiques or belongings of high sentimental value, charging extra for use of specialist equipment or moving methods. Some moving firms offer piano removal services, requiring the use of protective covering, dollies, and carrying straps to ensure your instrument arrives at your new home safely and in tune. If certain items are too large for doorways or stairs, the movers will move it through a window or use specialist lifting equipment.
Flexibility to adapt to your particular moving situation is important to removal companies. For example, if the movers’ vehicles are unable to directly access your front door due to small streets, a shuttle vehicle is necessary to move items between your home and the larger transport vehicle. Also, if your building does not have a lift, additional movers are provided to carry furniture up flights of stairs. Whether you are in need of full house removals, or simply a furniture removal, moving specialists can respond to your requests.
Occasionally, you may need to have some of your belongings stored if you are unable to move into your new home straight away. Removal companies either have their own storage facilities or have the means to transport your possessions to a third-party storage company.
Why hire a removal company?
Buying a new home, packing your belongings, and moving into your new home is an extremely stressful time. And why would you want to cause unnecessary strain with your family and friends by asking them to help when there are professional movers to do that job for you? Trying to complete this task on one’s own is tiring and overwhelming. Removal companies are here to alleviate your stress and provide peace of mind.
While you may consider hiring your own van, if you have many items to transport, this will take multiple trips. Comparatively, professional movers have the vehicles and labour so that your move takes only one trip. With the equipment and experience needed to deal with transporting your prized possessions, removal companies greatly reduce moving times.
Naturally, you would like your prized possessions to arrive at your new home in the same condition as they were original. With removal firms, your belongings are under the care of movers who have the expertise and insurance coverage to ensure they arrive safely. A reputable company is held accountable for your items and so they will pack and transport your belongings in a way that prevents damage. This knowledge also means a much safer move for you and your family, reducing the risk of injuries.
How to choose the right removal company
If you are not sure of where to begin in your search for a house removal company, there are several places of where to look. Follow these tips to find the right moving company for you:
- Ask for recommendations from friends and family on removal firms based on their experiences. Contacting people who you trust first is a great way to find reputable companies that operate in your area.
- Look for members of the British Association of Removers (BAR), an organisation that provides a directory of removal companies that have passed the BAR’s strict quality standards.
- Search for online reviews. Read what other people have written about their time working with the removal company