How much do removal companies cost?
This is a great question we're frequently asked when people ring us as they're preparing to move home.
Unfortunately, the general answer to a very valid question isn't straightforward. It is similar to asking how much does a holiday cost? - the answer is that depends...
Three weeks in the Caribbean on a cruise ship or or two nights in a bed & breakfast in Filey (hey, we quite like Filey!) - both are perfect holidays depending on your needs and wants - but each has a very different budget.
What is the cost of my removal based on?
Some of the main factors we consider when providing a quotation for a removal:
- The volume - how much is being moved
- How far you're going
- How many men will be needed to move your home
- Access to your current and new home for our lorries
- Any extra services (such as packing) that you may require
What will impact the price of a removal?
The cost of your removal is dependent on many factors. Here's just a few:
How much are you moving?Generally, the more you are moving, the more your move will cost - remember one person's three bedroom house will be filled completely differently to another person's three bedroom home
Are you a collector?Do you have a large collection of vinyl records, books, collectable figures, antique toys and toy cars, trains, dolls or other collectables?
Do you have any special objects?Items such as pianos (grand, upright, and everything in between), grandfather clocks, large paintings or sculptures will all add to the cost of your removal as they require specialist knowledge and additional time and wrapping to safely move them
Who is doing the packing?Are you going to pack your belongings, or would you like your removal company to pack for you? Or perhaps an in between solution would suit, where the removal company packs your breakables, and you pack the rest?
What's the access like?Is your current or your new home difficult to reach with a lorry? If the removal company can't get their big truck outside your property, several smaller vehicles will need to be used
Are you flexible with the date of your move?Some dates, times of the year, and days of the week are busier than others; removal companies will charge accordingly
Assembly required?All or some of your furniture may need to be dismantled in order to be moved
How far are you moving?While the same skill, attention, and time are required for the loading and unloading of the truck for a move that's just one mile and a move that's 100 miles or more, there are additional costs for your removal company for moves that are farther apart (diesel costs, time, any tolls, etc)
Are you insured?Do you want insurance, or are you willing to take all the risk yourself - this sounds strange, but a check of a mover's small print can be revealing
Other factors to consider
This all sounds very expensive - and it may well be. However, it will be a lot cheaper than a new UHD TV when yours is broken after it fell over when it was not protected in the removal truck, your sofa is torn, or your back is damaged after trying to get a heavy wardrobe downstairs yourself.
You'll find a wide price range among movers, and there can be a variety of reasons for this. There's a lot of skill required to pack a lorry correctly so the items inside arrive safely, or to pack a box of fine (or even everday) china quickly and efficiently, or to move a grandfather clock or a piano. There are plenty of movers who buy a truck today, and tomorrow say they're a removal company without training, insurance, etc.
Also keep in mind that cheaper movers often operate cash in hand both for the job and their staff. Any sort of damage claims with these companies are generally not going to go far.
Quality movers will, among other things, employ specially trained staff, have all of the correct insurances in place, use bespoke removal vehicles built for purpose, and frequently are a member of the British Association of Removers. Yes, this generally does add to the cost of your move over an inexpensive offer from cash-in-hand movers - but you're paying for the experience and expertise to help ensure your belongings arrive as safely as possible at your new home, and your removal is performed at the time and date it was booked to be done.
How may we help with your home removal?
We're happy to discuss your questions and concerns about your home move - we know it is a big decision and we're glad to help you in choosing a removal company - even if you don't choose us
Alternatively, you can fill in the contact form on this page or use our free online survey booking service to set up an appointment for your home removal survey - both services can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, meaning you can contact us when it suits you.