Everybody loves a checklist, right? Whether you’re moving for the first time or you consider yourself an experienced mover, there are seemingly endless removal costs to keep in mind when leaving familiar soil behind.

It’s important to remember that no house move will be the same as the other, so determining exactly what you think you’ll need to support your move is a great first step towards finalising your removal costs.

We’ve outlined the different services required for a smooth move in a mission to make things a little less overwhelming for you.

Removal Costs: price calculations

Working out each individual price can be a heavy duty on top of all the other things you’re already worried about. Below are two things to remember when prices are being calculated:

  1. Volume of items – the number of items you want to take with you will impact the removals quotation you receive
  2. Distance of the move – the further you look to move, the higher the cost

So, how much do removal companies charge for their services? The below outlines UK costs for moving up to 10 miles away:

  • The average cost of moving from a 1-2 bedroom house is £300
  • For a 3-bedroom house, it’s £450
  • If it’s a 4-bedroom house, it’s £680
  • And for a 5-bedroom house, you’re looking at £870 and above

You should expect to see these costs rise the further you’re looking to move, but to summarise: for a typical move, your removal company will charge you between £300 and £900.

So, here are a few ways you can reduce removal costs and hopefully put some of that excess cash into your wonderful new home instead!

Pre-move assessment

To understand the core of your removal costs, a good way to start is getting quoted by removal companies (you’ll want at least 3 to compare). Typically, removals companies send a surveyor or ‘removals assessor’ to visit your property to evaluate all the possessions that you need removing.

As mentioned above in this article, removal quotes are determined based on the volume of items that need transporting, so it’s important that somebody can come and view exactly what needs to be taken. Any additional items needing to be moved will incur additional removal costs and even delays – so it’s a good idea to get everything in order before moving day.

Family moving into their new house

Having a surveyor from a moving company come to your house can be inconvenient and intrusive. This is why many people nowadays choose to do their removals survey remotely, by video.

If you do your move through buzzmove, we can take care of the survey at a time of your choosing (all you need is your mobile) and provide you with up to 6 moving quotes.

Top tips:

  • Keep / don’t keep – Notify the assessor of any items that you’re not intending to take with you e.g. if you’re planning to get rid of that tired old sofa, let them know in case this is accidentally added to your quote (yikes!).
  • Triple-check each quote you receive before you finalise your choice of Removal Company. It’s better to be safe than sorry; a seemingly bargainous quote may not actually include something that’s necessary for your move!
  • Avoid Fridays and Bank Holidays – Book your removal date as early as possible and remember that being flexible on your dates can sometimes save you money.
  • Clear unwanted possessions – Moving house is the perfect opportunity to clear out any unwanted possessions, and this will also reduce removal costs.
  • Additional services – Removal companies offer a variety of services, so if you’d like them to do more than transport your furniture, ensure you verify the cost with the assessor. There are additional costs to consider.

Removals insurance

When moving house, it’s a great idea to check with your home insurance company to see if they’ll cover you being moved by a removal company.

If not, you should ensure that the mover you are using includes Goods In Transit insurance. It’s important to note that this insurance only covers you for your goods while they’re in transit and will normally provide a fixed level of cover per item regardless of the original value.

In some cases, removal companies will offer you more removals insurance cover based on a percentage of the value of the items being moved. This will be at an additional cost.

If you’re taking a DIY approach to packing, ask your removal company if you’re still covered by their removals insurance. Many insurers won’t cover you for loss or damage if you’ve taken packing into your own hands.

See also, our recent post on how to effectively insure your home move.

Packing

Removal companies offer a variety of packing and unpacking services at an additional cost:

  • Packing service – If you don’t want to pack your items yourself (we get it), the removal company can take care of this.
  • Unpacking service – Most companies will only unpack onto flat surfaces and leave the ‘putting away’ up to you. However, it isn’t uncommon for removal companies to place your boxes and furniture into your preferred rooms. It’s worth noting, though, that this service is not usually included in any quotation and will normally be charged as an extra.
  • Packing materials – Sometimes these are included in your packing-service but, if you’re packing yourself, you may need to purchase these materials yourself. Check out our post on sourcing packing boxes for your move.
  • Crates – If you have any fragile items, antiques or electronic goods of which you do not have the original packaging, it’s a good idea to let the removal company know. On occasion, items in this category can be safer to move in a purpose-built wooden crate. Make sure to take this into account when reviewing your quotation.

Couple relax after nailing their removal costs

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Specialised Services

More often than not, removals teams require specialist equipment during a move to fulfil their work. This can add to your overall costs. For example:

  • Fragile packing – An extra handling charge might be required if you have fragile items like antiques, fine arts or a large instrument such as a piano.
  • Third-party services – Such additional services can include un-plumbing washing machines, disconnecting your dishwasher, taking down curtain rails and lifting up carpets. You can request that these be included in your move but they are not performed by the removal crew.
  • Dismantling and re-assembling – If any items need to be dismantled prior to your move and re-assembled at the other end, you should check with your removal company if you’ll be charged for this. You should also confirm if you are expected to dismantle and reassemble these items before and after your move (you’ll want to reduce delays).
  • Specialised equipment – If you have any possessions that need to be raised or lifted, a hoist, tail lift or cherry-picker lift would be required. E.g. any large items that can only be moved through an upper-floor window.

Access

The removal company needs to access the front door of your current property and your new house with their vehicles. It’s important to consider the following factors, which could result in additional removal costs:

  • Right of entry – Small lanes or low bridges on approach to your property will determine what size of vehicle is needed.
  • No lift – If your property is above ground floor and there is no lift, this will usually require additional labour and is definitely something to flag.
  • Ferries or toll roads – If necessary, check with your removal company that these costs have been included in your quote.
  • Parking restrictions – If parking is limited outside your property, most removal companies will expect you to arrange parking permits for the day of the move, as this cost is not normally included in your quote.

Cancellations / Late-Key charges

Due to unforeseen circumstances, you might not be able to access your new property at the agreed completion time, so it’s worth considering the following points:

  • Cancellation policies – double-check your removal company’s cancellation policies. Many removal companies will require you to supply a deposit for a proportion of the removal costs before you can book your move date. It’s sensible to check your quotation Ts & Cs to see if you might forfeit a portion of your deposit due to cancelling your confirmed date at short notice.
  • Late key charges / waivers – if your removal company has to wait a long time to start unpacking after arriving at the new property, you can sometimes be charged for this. Most movers offer what is known as a “late key waiver”, which gives you peace of mind in case things don’t go to plan.

Storage services

If you’re not going to be moving into your property straight away, then you’ll need to ensure that your possessions are kept safe and secure.

Many removal companies have their own storage services and temporary storage-in-transit facilities which can be included in the cost of your quote. Some removal companies can recommend a local secure self-storage or will even take your things to a storage company of your choice.

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