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How much does a removal company cost in the UK?

Posted: February 12, 2021 at 5:19 pm

From the removal van to packaging products, there are a lot of different costs to factor in when moving home. One of the biggest mistakes that people make when moving home is failing to budget effectively.

The last thing you want is to run out of money during the process, so we’ve put this guide together to help you plan your budget.

There are many different factors that impact how much a removal service will cost. The size of your property is one of these.

Below, we will reveal the average cost of a removal based on property size.

However, we must stress that these averages should only ever be viewed as a rough guide. This is because there are many other factors at play here, including where you are moving from and to, as well as any additional services you require, such as packaging.

The average cost of removals based on house size

  • For a house that has one or two bedrooms, the average removal cost is between £450 and £650.
  • For a house that has three bedrooms, the average removal cost is £950.
  • For a house that has four bedrooms, the average removal cost is £1200.
  • For a house that has five bedrooms, the average removal cost is £1500.

What other factors impact the cost of removal?

While your property size is going to play a role, there are a number of other factors that make a difference, and so it is imperative to understand these.

How much do you have to move?

Firstly, the amount of belongings you have will determine how much it costs to remove them. You will require a bigger van if you have a lot of larger, bulkier items to move. This also impacts the quantity of packaging that is required as well, which further influences the cost.

What services do you want from the removal company?

Removal companies offer a number of different services. You can opt for the complete package, i.e. they will pack up your belongings for you, transport them, and then unpackage them for you. Going for a service like this is obviously going to cost you more money, but some people prefer to go for this option if they feel they will not have the time to get everything organised themselves.

You could, on the other hand, simply package the items yourself, and the company can transport them for you, which will be cheaper. You can either source the packaging items or you could purchase them from the company. All of these decisions will impact the entire cost.

When are you going to move?

Your move date will also impact the price that you are quoted. The most popular day to move home is Friday, and so this can be the most expensive day to move. Weekends are also typically more expensive than weekdays.

Do note, though, that expenses also tend to increase during the festive period and other popular holidays. Moving throughout school holidays can also cost more.

How far is the journey to your new home?

The distance that needs to be travelled by the removal company needs to be factored in as well. It will cost a lot more to move from London to Scotland than it would to move from Newcastle to Sunderland.

At a basic level, a longer distance means that more fuel is needed. It also requires more man-hours, and don’t forget that the removal company needs to make the journey back to their base as well. All of this is factored into the cost.

How many people are going to be needed to facilitate the move?

Aside from the factors we have discussed so far, the number of removal people that are going to be needed makes a difference. If you have a lot of belongings and/or a number of specialist items, this will result in your quote increasing.

Will any specialist equipment be needed?

Finally, something else that can impact the cost of the removal is whether any special equipment is needed. This can sometimes be required if there are access issues relating to one of the two properties.

Specialist equipment may also be needed if you have any fragile, awkward, or high-value items that need to be moved. For instance, if you have a grand piano, this needs to be removed by trained professionals and specialist equipment will be needed, so this will be factored into the cost.

Be cautious when evaluating removal quotes

The best thing to do is to get a number of quotes from different removal companies so that you can narrow down your search and select the best one for you. This is something that has been made a lot easier thanks to the comparison sites that are available today. However, one thing that a lot of people do is use one of these services, organise the quotes from the lowest price to highest, and then simply go for the lowest quote. We do not recommend that you rush into the decision like this.

You need to be sure that you fully understand what you are receiving from the company and what sort of services are going to be included. While it may be tempting to go for the cheapest company because you are spending a lot of money at the moment (as moving house is obviously rather expensive!), you need to consider whether this would be a false economy. If you cut corners in critical parts, such as insurance, you could end up paying a lot more in the long run if something was to break and go wrong.

In addition to this, while it can be tempting to do the packaging yourself, you need to think about whether you have the time to do this and whether you feel confident in protecting your belongings by packing them securely. You will need to source suitable packaging products for all of your items, and will need special consideration for any fragile items. Therefore, it is a good idea to sit and work out the costs to determine how much cheaper it would be to do it yourself and whether it is going to be worth it.

Here at BlueSky Relocation, we offer fixed price quotations for removals from one bed flats to large commercial removals. Our flexible, dedicated services are carefully quoted to give you the benefits of reliable professional removal experts at a price that comes with no surprises. Why not get in touch to see how we could help you with your move?

Read more moving house checklist or how to choose a removals company?

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