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Moving is always a hassle. Even if you are moving from a 1 bedroom flat, moving costs can play on your mind. For some, it’s a stressful experience where everything inevitably gets left until the last minute. Others simply don’t have the time to pack, clean and hire a van on their own. For either side, hiring a professional removal company or man and van is almost always worth considering.

Hiring an experienced remover holds several advantages. They will be well organised and can help you plan your moving day, even down to recommending a leaving time and arranging storage if necessary. Professionals will also have the right equipment for the job, including a vehicle, the insurance to drive it legally and plenty of sturdy moving boxes. The moving costs can be based on an hourly rate or a flat rate normally for half day / full day. Depending on the size of your flat, if it is a ground floor or first floor flat (and above) plus how much you have to move, all of these will impact on your moving costs.

Crucially, a removal company will be able to offer the experience and manpower to ensure that your moving day goes off without a hitch. They have all the tools and specialist equipment and packing materials. With enough forewarning, a good company can handle several flights of stairs, awkward corners and terrible parking with no trouble whatsoever.

Lastly, professional removers will usually offer more-than-adequate insurance coverage to protect your belongings in transport and during the unpacking process. 

Removal Costs for Moving Flat

The average removal costs for a 1 bedroom flat in the UK is £400 – £500 (+VAT), however AnyVan flat moving costs start as little as £59. If you go for a packing service for your flat move, the cost could increase by up to £200. 

While this may sound like a lot, it is worth keeping in mind how expensive and stressful a self-move can be. Packing and transport will not be free, though there are quite a few ways to get free moving boxes. Even a one bedroom flat can have more than its fair share of furniture, clothes and other knick-knacks to account for. Plus if you don’t have a car available, then you will also have to hire and insure a van.

In other words, self-moves are not necessarily the cheaper option.

That said, there are still plenty of ways to reduce the cost of a professional move. Most of them simply require proper planning and a dash of know-how!

Saving money on a flat removal

Make a list and packing materials

It is a good idea to make a list of everything you need to pack so that you can finish it far in advance. This will not only help you to avoid a great deal of stress but also save you having to pay for a professional packing service which will increase your moving costs.

That said, it is still worth packing well. This means getting sturdy boxes, tough packing tape and enough cushioning materials to protect your valuables and electronic devices.

Something to keep in mind is that there are a few possessions which you may not be able to do without. We are talking about your toiletries, work clothes and so on. It will be a good idea to pack these last, ideally in a clearly marked box so that you can find and unpack them quickly once you arrive at your new home.

Book the removers in advance of your moving day

Professional removers often find their schedules filling up quickly, especially on weekends and during summer. Because of this, it can be a good idea to book your removal service as soon as possible, once you know your moving date. Not only will this ensure that you can get a time slot to suit you, it should also allow you to avoid late fees.

If possible, it will be a good idea to book your service on a weekday, ideally after rush hour has died down. This should make the journey to your new home quick and painless. Depending on your destination, you may even find it easier to park at this time.

As you are only moving from a 1 bed flat, you might consider hiring a man and van service. This will reduce your moving costs as they are cheaper than a removal company. With AnyVan, you can receive instant man and van costs from as little as £26.

Warn your removers about awkward furniture

Depending on whether you have any particularly large, delicate or valuable furniture lying around, your removers may need to bring specific packing materials, specialist equipment or even a different sized van to the usual Luton van. Be sure to warn them in advance if necessary (believe us when we say that no remover will thank you if they turn up at your house and find a piano-shaped surprise).

While you are at it, be sure to let them know if they will have access to an elevator. You should also warn them about any awkward corners or parking issues. If necessary, they may prefer an earlier start time in order to make up for potential delays.

Cut down on your belongings

The less you pack, the cheaper and easier the entire process will be. You could donate your clothing via a charity bag, sell your furniture and electronics online or even freecycle them.

If your new home is unfurnished, you may also want to replace your belongings via freecycling. Just be sure to check the quality of any items that you find, along with the reputation of the user giving it away. If they have poor reviews or feedback, it may not be worth accepting a freebie from them.

Compare removal quotes to save on your moving costs

As is the case for hiring pretty much anyone to do anything, it is worth comparing the prices of several different candidates before deciding on a remover. The old lesson of getting what you pay for definitely applies here: it will be much safer going with a branded and experienced firm than an unverified stranger who just happens to have a white van!

To ensure that the quotes are accurate, be completely truthful about when the move will take place, how far you need to travel and how much you are taking with you. Unwelcome variations could mean unexpected fees, so being thorough is key.

However, it is never a good idea to make a choice based on price alone. Before making a decision, be sure to check the reviews posted by each candidate’s previous customers. Remember, you want a company that offers excellent value for money, keeps to its schedules and does a great job with packing and unpacking.

One final thing to keep in mind when searching for quotes is that you cannot necessarily rely on average prices you find online. This is because there can be a great deal of regional variation regarding prices in the UK. Hiring a remover can cost more in certain parts of the country, particularly London and the south.

If you want to get an accurate idea of a great price for removers, get an instant quote from AnyVan for our Removal Services or Man and Van


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