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While there are a number of potential advantages to hiring a professional removal company to help with a move, people will still always worry about one thing: cost. Sadly, removers do not give away their time free of charge, even if you are still feeling the sting of spending thousands on your new home.

That said, it is important to think carefully about exactly what you are getting for your money. For one, professional removers are highly experienced in packing and transporting goods as safely as possible, whether you are moving across town, to the other side of the country or even around the world.

Secondly, professional removers can provide all the vehicles, tools and equipment necessary to ensure that your move goes off without a hitch. You might have a friend willing to lend you a car for the day, but a removal company can provide vans or lorries which are not only amply sized but also fully insured (a cost that many fail to consider when renting moving vans of their own).

Finally, a remover can help you to plan your moving day. If you have never had to organise a move before, this kind of advice can be invaluable; did you remember to inform your bank and utility providers about your new address? Do you know which day of the week will be best for your move, or what time of day? Will you need to book overnight storage for your belongings? As long as your chosen candidate is experienced, they should be able to ensure that nothing gets forgotten about.

Having said that, it is still worth taking a few steps to get the best price possible. As is the case with most tradesmen, there will always be good and bad choices when it comes to removers. For example, national chains often have higher overheads, which will cause them to charge higher prices than local firms. Other removers may have poor reviews from their past customers, or even inadequate insurance to put your goods on the road.

Generally speaking, it is usually best to collect at least five quotes from different removal companies before deciding on who to hire. This will give you an accurate idea of what constitutes a fair quote in your local area. Try not to rely too much on prices you find online, as these tend to be based on national averages rather than local information. For example, removers in the south, particularly London, tend to be much more expensive than those elsewhere, and so on.

What are the costs of hiring a removal company?

The cost of hiring a removal company will usually depend on a few different factors:

  • How far away are you moving? If you need to spend a particularly long time on the road, your removers may need to consider overnight accommodation, storage or additional insurance. Depending on the removal company, you may be charged via an hourly rate or by distance travelled
  • Where are you moving from and to? The cost of hiring removers can vary considerably between different locales, especially when you look at prices in London and the south of England. It may even be worth collecting quotes from firms based close to your destination, just in case they can offer you a better quote
  • Is it an international move? If so, your removers may need to factor in sea or air travel, as well as various rules and regulations relating to customs. We can help you get an International Removal quote. 
  • How many belongings are you taking with you? Most removal companies will need to calculate the cubic footage of your items in order to decide how large of a vehicle they need to supply for your move. This information will also help them decide packing materials they need to supply, though you can always find free moving boxes if necessary
  • Do you have any speciality belongings? This can include anything that is particularly heavy, fragile, awkwardly shaped or valuable. Depending on this, your removers may need additional insurance or even specialist equipment to handle these with special care. Remember to make sure that your candidate’s insurance can cover the value of your belongings, or there will not be much point!
  • How accessible is your home? What about the destination? If there is poor vehicle access, several flights of stairs or other awkward features, the moving process could take much longer. It can usually be a good idea to watch out for moving companies that ask to come and assess your property before giving you a quote, as this will show that they know what they are doing!
  • Will you need the help of additional tradesmen? If you need to disassemble and reassemble furniture, take out doors or windows and so on, you may need the help of an (insured) handyman. Most removal companies can provide this, or at least recommend a top quality candidate for you, but only if you let them know in advance. Certain companies may also charge more for in-house handyman services than you would need to pay for an outside contractor, so be sure to compare quotes!

Knowing this information in advance is absolutely essential for getting a fair price for your moving day. If plans need to be changed at the last minute, you will usually incur a number of additional costs, or you may need to cancel your moving day altogether!

How much does it cost to hire a removal company?

In most cases, the average removal costs you find online will be based on the size of a property, the cubic footage of belongings that need to be transported and the distance that needs to be travelled.

Property size Average cost
studio £99
1 bedroom £195
2 bedrooms £315
3 bedrooms £450
4+ bedrooms £599

Remember, if you are not happy with your quote, there are ways for you to reduce the  cost of your move. It could be as simple as booking your remover on the right day, or you could sell some of your belongings. Just be sure to save money in the right ways; scrimping on the cost of hiring the best remover and going with a poor performer could put you and your belongings in serious danger, which will only end up costing you more down the line.

Want to get a quote for your move?  Our House Removals service prices start from just £59 or our Man and Van from £26.

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