Moving house can be quite costly – you’ve got conveyancing fees, estate agent costs and maybe even new furniture. But one of the most overlooked home-moving costs that homeowners forget to budget for is removal costs.
So, how much do removals cost? What’s included in these removal costs? What can make these costs go up? Do you need removals insurance? And can you just do it yourself? Here’s how much you can expect to be paying for a removal company to pack and unpack your belongings in 2022.
In 2022, the average removal company costs for a 3-bed house, travelling 50 miles in the UK, are £1,181. This includes professional packing services and materials (£250), along with dismantling and reassembling of furniture at your new home (£125).
You can choose whether you require packing services and materials to be supplied by your removal company, but there will be extra costs to factor in. Dismantles and reassembly will also attract additional costs.
The table below provides a full breakdown of the average removal costs in the UK for a 3-bedroom property moving 50 miles away. It includes the removal company price, the cost of packing boxes and a dismantling and reassembling furniture service.
|Removal Services||Amount Needed||Avrg. Cost|
Loading and unloading (50 miles distance)
875 cubic feet (3-bed house)
Packing services and materials
30 large boxes
Dismantling and reassembling furniture
3 double beds
How much removals cost in the UK depends on three elements:
The time each element takes, along with the number of removal people needed, materials and size of the van, will determine the overall cost of your house removal.
How much removals cost can be influenced by a number of different factors, such as:
Below, we have outlined the average removal costs for different sized properties that are travelling 50 miles and 150 miles.
Removal costs for relocating within the local area will be less than they would be for moving across the country or overseas. The further the distance you move, the more your removal company will cost.
Some removal companies charge at an hourly rate, while others break down costs on a mile-by-mile basis. Either way, the further they have to travel, the higher your removal costs will end up being.
The table below breaks down removal costs based on distance travelled:
|Distance Travelled||£25 p/h + £0.50 per mile||£1 per mile|
It’s not just transporting your belongings that can cause removal costs to increase – packing can too. The average cost of packing for a 3-bedroom house removal is £250. This includes 30 large packing boxes and the labour for the packing service.
Ultimately, though, the cost of packing and moving house will depend on how many things you’re taking with you. So the fewer packing boxes, the cheaper your removal costs will be.
Most removal companies will offer a part or full packing service to help you with moving house. The service will involve them visiting your house prior to moving day to professionally pack up your belongings, loading them onto the van and unloading them at the new house.
Most removal companies will also offer a service for dismantling and reassembling furniture. On average, the dismantling and reassembling of 3 double beds will cost £125, but the cost will vary depending on the amount of furniture that needs dismantling and the removal company that you use.
Some furniture items might require some extra protection, such as fine art or antiques, or require the use of specialist equipment to be moved. The removal company may have to use more packing materials or take more time to pack them with care. The removal costs for handling these items will be based on the level of protection they need and the price for hiring specialist equipment.
Transporting special care items may even require a specialist removal company to ensure nothing is damaged or lost during the move. This type of removal company will likely cost more, but will give you peace of mind that your belongings will be safely delivered to your new home.
Yes! In order to get accurate removal costs, it is essential that you get a couple of firms to do a pre-move survey. They will send a removals assessor to visit your property and assess your needs. Once they’ve done this, they’ll be able to provide you with a more accurate, binding removals quote.
By visiting your property in person, a removal company can see exactly how much stuff needs moving. They can also assess any access issues or items that will require extra care during the move.
While the assessor is with you, make sure you point out anything that isn’t coming with you and that should not be included in your removal quote. And don’t forget to tell them about any items that are out of sight, such as the contents of your loft, so there aren’t any surprises on moving day.
Using storage when moving house is a great way to tackle the move in stages, especially if you’re in between homes. However, this is an extra removal cost you need to think about.
The cost of your storage will depend on how long you require it and the unit size. The table below outlines the costs for a range of unit sizes and time periods:
|50 sq.ft||75 sq.ft||100 sq.ft||150 sq.ft||200 sq.ft|
If they have difficulty gaining access to your property, some removal companies might charge you extra. This cost will vary depending on the removal company you choose and the specifics of your move. Some may add extra to their hourly rate, while others may add a fixed fee on top of your other removal costs.
Ease of access can be hindered by multiple things during your move. For example, if you live in a top floor flat without a lift, the removal company will have extra difficulty loading the van. Similarly, if you live down a narrow lane or on a street with restricted parking, the removal company might not be able to get very close to your property.
As well as ease of access, many removal companies offer additional services designed to make your move easier. But these will likely increase your removal costs quite significantly. The table below shows the average cost of additional removal services for a 3-bed property travelling 50 miles:
Packing services (including materials)
Dismantling and reassembling furniture
Usually, your removal company will include insurance in their price, but be sure to fully understand what level of protection this gives you. Often, removal firm insurance is limited to ‘transit insurance’, which means your belongings are only covered while they’re on the move. This cover is also usually very limited – you could get as little as £40 per item regardless of their actual value.
You should also check whether your insurance cover will be invalidated if you choose to do your own packing.
If you’re slightly overwhelmed by the cost of house removals, here are some top tips to help you keep your removal costs down: