You’ve spent ages reading the latest property news, listed your property with an estate agent, obtained energy performance certificate EPC quotes, liaised with a mortgage broker and chosen a property with a house price you can afford, and now the day to move house has nearly arrived.
However, before you book your removers, you’ll need to know what kind of removal costs you’ll need to pay.
The average cost of moving will vary depending on several factors, so here, we’ll look more closely at the average removal cost for packing and moving an average UK house.
In this article you’ll find:
- How much do removals cost?
- Removal costs for different types of homes
- Compare moving house costs
- The pre-move survey
- Moving and packing
- Furniture dismantling and removal costs
- Extra removal costs
How Much Do Removals Cost?
To give you a typical removals company cost we use British Association of Removers (to learn more about them click here) moving quotes for a standard 3-bedroom house move with the cost based on short distance removals of around 25 miles.
The basic costs of moving in this situation equate to about £555 as long as you’ve packed yourself.
Should you require packing services and materials to be supplied by your local removal companies, there will be extra costs to factor in.
Dismantles and reassembles also attract an additional cost, and the relocation cost will increase if you require special care for any of your possessions.
Local moves will obviously be cheaper than the cost of moving house in the UK a long distance from your existing home.
International removals are considerably more costly again. After all, it stands to reason that an international move to the Republic of the Congo will involve significantly more long-distance removal costs than the cost to move to the next town.
Long-distance travelling involves a higher van cost, and moving abroad may also involve container shipping costs!
Typical Removal Cost for Different Sizes of Home
The removal quote you receive from any house removals firm will depend on the size of your property.
A four-bedroom house, for example, will require more packing material, a larger removals van, and more of the removal company’s time for furniture removal than if you’re moving out of a one-bedroom house or studio apartment.
Of course, the prices outlined below aren’t fully accurate quotes. Different move companies charge different rates in different parts of the country.
The costs we’ve detailed here don’t include other essential moving costs in the UK like conveyancing fees, surveying or Stamp Duty (you can find a Stamp Duty costs calculator by clicking here.)
Therefore, you’ll need to add these additional expenses when comparing removal quotations that you’ve received from local companies.
Compare My Moves
Typical removal costs for:
- Moving from a one-bedroom house: £356 for 50 miles, £468 for 150 miles.
- Moving from a two-bedroom house: £576 for 50 miles, £688 for 150 miles.
- Moving from a three-bedroom house: £806 for 50 miles, £918 for 150 miles.
- Moving from a four-bedroom house: £1056 for 50 miles, £1168 for 150 miles.
- Moving from a five-bedroom house: £1356 for 50 miles, £1468 for 150 miles.
Now that you have your rough removal costs calculated, let’s look at some of the other key factors taken into consideration when giving instant quotes for moving homes.
The Pre-Move Survey
Pre-move surveys are usually offered free of charge by your chosen removal company.
Before your move day, they will come to your property to confirm their quote and discuss any special requirements you may have. They will also check out parking arrangements and access for their removal vehicle.
Like a storage company, a removal firm will give you a quote based on cubic footage.
Typically, the cost comes in at about £0.75 to £1 for each cubic foot of items which require moving. An additional removal fee will usually be charged for removals within London or other populous cities.
The moving firm gives this free survey to enable the company cost to be worked out based on the volume of possessions which require moving.
This, in turn, will determine how big a removals van you need, the number of packing materials necessary and the length of time staff will need to pack up and load for your house move.
Moving and Packing
You may have read moving advice that suggests you pack your own furniture and possessions to save money.
Although this moving tip can reduce your overall average removal costs, it can add considerably to your stress and the amount of time you need to spend on arranging your move.
Most removal firms will offer you a partial or complete packing service which saves you a lot of effort.
The typical cost you’ll need to pay for a three-bed home removal will be around £250, including thirty packing boxes as well as the labour of the staff involved.
Of course, the final price will depend on the number of items you’ll be taking along with you – the fewer boxes needed, the lower the price. A home visit will be carried out before your move date to pack your belongings professionally.
Your items will then be loaded onto the van before being unloaded professionally at your new home.
Furniture Dismantling and Removal Costs
A lot of firms will also offer a dismantling and reassembling service for furniture too.
Usually, the average removal price to dismantle and put together three double beds is about £125.
However, the final price varies to suit the volume of furniture, which requires dismantling, as well as the fees charged by the company you select.
If you have antiques, fine art, or other items requiring special additional protection or need specialist equipment to be used, removals costs will be higher.
More packing materials will be needed, and more time may be needed to pack and move fragile and high-value items.
In some cases, a specialist company may be needed to transport certain items to guarantee nothing will be lost or damaged during the moving process. You may also need to pay extra for removals insurance to have peace of mind.
Extra Removal Costs
An extra fee may be charged if your removal firm struggles to gain access to your home. While some will charge a higher hourly rate, others could add an extra fixed fee to the average removal costs they charge.
There are several types of access issue which could affect the cost of your removals.
For example, if you’re moving out of a high rise flat with no lift, loading the removal vehicle will be more difficult.
If your property is located in a narrow street or has limited or restricted parking, this could also impact the fee charged.
Furthermore, if your possessions require lifting or raising safely, for example, a large item which can only be removed from the property via a window of an upper floor room, a cherry picker lift, tail lift or hoist will be necessary.
This will attract higher removal costs too.
Removal Costs Vary by Date
The day that you choose will also affect your removal costs. If you choose the first day or the last day of a month, you’ll usually be charged more since these are the two busiest days for removal professionals.
If you are not moving immediately into your new home, you’ll have to keep your possessions secure and safe in the short-term.
Several removal firms have storage services of their own and can include this within their removal costs that they quote.
Other companies will recommend reliable self-storage facilities nearby and can take your items to your chosen storage firm.
Should you need to take advantage of this type of facility, you’ll need to remember to factor it into your overall removal costs.