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Last Updated on December 20, 2020

Removal Costs & Prices- How Much Do Removal Companies Quote?

Zac Houghton

Zac Houghton

Construction expert and founder of Loftera.

Moving can be stressful, and we at Loftera want to help remove some of the stress by explaining to you exactly how much your removal costs are likely to set you back.

It is always best to know in advance so that you can plan and budget accordingly.

On average, you can expect to pay between £400 and £600 if hiring a removal company for a three-bedroom house.

Naturally, this price can alter depending on a number of factors that we will discuss shortly.

Firstly, let’s take a look at the average removal quotes for varying sizes of property.

Removal Costs

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How Much Do Removal Companies Cost in 2021?

Most of us dream of the big house with plenty of space, until it comes to moving that is.

It goes without saying that a two-bedroom terraced house will be much less expensive, in terms of removal costs, than a five-bedroom detached house.

The below table outlines the average removal costs for a local move. These quotes would increase if the move was covering a longer distance.

Size of Property

Moving Costs (Minimum)

Moving Costs (Maximum)

One-bedroom house

£150

£200

Two-bedroom house

£250

£350

Three-bedroom house

£400

£500

Four-bedroom house

£600

£750

Five-bedroom house

£800

£1,000

 This is all calculated on a move to a neighbouring town within a city. Should you be moving to a new city, more than 25 miles away, expect your removal firm to inform you of a new rate in advance.

Now that we have disclosed the average removal costs throughout the UK, let’s dig into this topic a little further, starting with those all-important factors that can play a part in the final price.

Factors Impacting Removal Quotes

In order to be able to accurately calculate your expected removal quote, it is essential that you figure out which of the below factors will have an impact on you.

First up is probably the most important factor of them all…

Number of Items

The more items that need moving, the more removal vans that will need to be used, and more often than not, the more movers that will be required.

Working off an average hourly rate of £20 per hour, your price can quickly increase if multiple movers are hired.

Later on in this blog, we will discuss our top tips for keeping your removal costs down, one of which is only moving what you absolutely need to as part of this job. Moving house really is the ideal opportunity to rid yourself of unwanted clutter, so get ruthless and leave items behind that aren’t essential.

Accessibility of Property

If your property isn’t the easiest to access, you may want to check to see if the removal company that you have opted for own special vehicles that can negotiate tricky spaces.

Also, if you live in a block of flats and above the ground floor, there is every chance that the removal firm will charge a higher rate given the level of difficulty of moving items down flights of stairs.

Location and Distance

We touched earlier on the fact that removal firms will charge an increased rate for jobs where the move is taking you into a new city or over 25 miles away.

When this happens, most companies will charge by the mile. If you are moving cross country, this will likely increase the price somewhat, but with many firms charging per mile for this type of job, you should be able to calculate the price of travel with relative ease.

Timing

As you might expect, it costs more to hire a removal company on a weekend, or during school holidays. Where possible, we would always advise to try and plan your big move during the week. This is a proven way to save on costs. With most people in the UK being paid at the end of the month, this is also a busy time for removal companies, and they are likely to increase their quotes as a result.

Did you know that most removal firms are at their busiest from May through to September? If you can time your move to fall outside of these months, and on a weekday, you’re landing yourself a quick win already.

Special Care Items

A lot of people have precious items in their home that they wish to move to their new place. If this is a sizeable item, such as a large painting or old crafted chair, you may want to pay a little extra for that little bit of extra protection.

Special Handling Items

You don’t want to be hiring out cranes, or moving awkward items out of a window, but sometimes this is unavoidable.

If you own items that require such treatment, special handling is an unavoidable cost.

Tips on Keeping Removal Costs to a Minimum

Unavoidable costs, however, are two words that we don’t want to be saying too often when discussing removal companies’ costs.

There are steps that you can take to help keep the final cost down. Tick all of these boxes and you should save yourself a few quid in the process.

Only Move the Essentials

We touched on this tip earlier, and while it may seem obvious, it is worth discussing. Decluttering is an underappreciated art, and can help to save time, money and space when moving home.

It’s a simple equation. The less belongings you need to transport, the easier and more cost effective the move will be.

Prepare Your Property

First and foremost, here, make sure that the removal workers know exactly what is going and what is staying. It isn’t beneficial for anybody to have to put back larger items that have been incorrectly moved in the first place.

You may be keeping your property after moving out, perhaps you are looking to rent it out. Or, most commonly, you are hoping for a sale. Whichever of the three it is, you don’t want any unnecessary damage being made. We would advise that you cover your flooring and walls, as well as any other areas that you don’t want to be damaged. Bumps and scratches are an inevitability when moving home, so protect the areas that matter most.

Check for Removal Insurance

Some insurance companies offer what is known as removal insurance. In summary, this is where they will cover the removal of your belongings. Sounds great, doesn’t it? It is, so it’s absolutely worth checking out.

If you don’t have such cover, make sure that the removal company in question offer it. You’ll be moving items that are high in value, so it’s important for your peace of mind, if nothing else.

Compare Removal Quotes

We would always advise to compare the prices of at least three removal companies before committing to one. In reality, they should all be in and around the same price, with small savings to be made in comparing.

Any firm asking for a great deal more shouldn’t be considered; they’re all doing the same job after all. They are more than likely extremely busy and pushing their luck in trying to demand more than the job is worth.

On the flip side, if a quote seems too good to be true, it usually is. Don’t be swayed by that price that is a third cheaper than the rest, there will be a good reason for that.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

If a removal company is keen on your business, they will be more than happy to answer any question that you may have.

In any business, hidden fees can quickly add up, so be sure that the professionals in question are being transparent from the get-go.

Have a good look around their website and look for reviews and testimonials. A quick Google of any business should answer a lot of questions within a couple of clicks.

Book in Early

Later bookings can often end up costing more. If you know your move date in advance, get your removal company booked in as early as possible. If you book in late, they’ll know that you have less time to play with, and will be able to charge a premium as a result.

Furniture Removal Cost

In most moves, furniture is where the majority of the heavy lifting takes place, and so a lot of your thinking should be attributed to this area.

Most firms will be able to dismantle a bed and then reassemble at the new property. They will usually charge somewhere between £35 and £50 per bed for this service.

Fragile items that require extra packaging and more time taken to transport will increase the price, as they often need additional hands to lift. Discuss this with your firm of choice before any work begins.

Sofa

Ever tried moving a sofa on your own? What begins as a difficult task, quickly becomes even more so once the heavy lifting begins. Let the professionals take care of this

Fridge

You can take care of defrosting the fridge and cleaning it out on the inside, but the moving of the appliance itself should also be left to the professionals. Given their size and weight, it can prove extremely tricky.

Piano

Play the piano? Then the last thing you will want is to have to leave it behind during a move. Most removal firms will take care of this for you for between £100 and £150.

Packaging Materials Cost

To pack or not to pack? That is the question. While the vast majority of firms will offer a packing service as part of the job, some people will choose to pack their belongings themselves in order to save on costs and to be able to pack particular items how they would like.

Given that the average cost of packing up a three-bedroom property can range from £200 to £500, it isn’t difficult to see why some people choose to take care of this bit on their own.

If you do opt for a bit of DIY here, below are the expected prices for varying items.

Bubble Wrap

Protecting fragile items in bubble wrap is a tried and tested method, and you can get hold of 500mm x 100mm roll for anything between £10 and £15.

Paper

While old newspapers do the trick for most, some people like to invest in some quality paper packing. Expect to pay between £3 and £5 for 100 sheets, dependent on quality.

Tape

Once you have everything boxed up, you’ll want to tape them up to ensure that no items fall out during transportation. You will be able to find three rolls for less than £5.

Packaging for Glasses

If you’re taking your glasses with you, there are specific boxes that can hold 30 glasses or more with fitted divider cells. These can be purchased for no more than £8.

Is £20 a Good Tip for Movers?

It isn’t an exact science, but it is common practice to tip your movers, assuming that you are happy with the service that they have provided.

The packing takes time and care, and the heavy lifting is seriously hard work. With that in mind, consider a 5% tip to the movers themselves.

For a total job cost of £500, that would mean a £25 tip, which will be greatly appreciated.

Do You Feed the Movers?

This really is up to you. Moving heavy furniture and appliances is thirsty work, so we would always recommend making sure that your movers have had enough to drink.

As for food, this can depend on the length of the job. If it can be done in a couple of hours, it probably isn’t necessary to feed them. However, if the job lasts for five hours or more, you might want to consider putting together a little spread. It’s the thought that counts, after all.

Our main tip for ensuring that there are no surprises in your removal costs is to communicate with transparency from the beginning. Ask plenty of questions, make sure they are aware of any difficult areas to begin with, and you should be done and dusted in a day.

Good luck and enjoy the move.

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