Planning Your Removals

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To ensure an easy and efficient move, it’s important to start planning your removals as early as possible. Finding your perfect home can be exciting, but don’t forget that the process doesn’t end there. Now is the time to compare removal quotes and ensure your moving day is as organised as can be. 

Planning your removal in advance is vital in reducing the stress and chaos of your moving day. Compare My Move strive to make moving easy, sharing professional tips and advice to help you book and prepare for your removal.

  • 1. Why hire a removal company?

    You should hire a removal company to save time when you move house. Removal companies will have Goods in Transit and Public Liability insurance to give you peace of mind your belongings are in safe hands. They’ll also do the hard work for you, giving you more time to enjoy moving house.

    There are many advantages of hiring a reputable removal company, including saving yourself time and effort, having a fully-equipped team and the peace of mind knowing that they're fully-insured and can protect your belongings throughout the entire journey.

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  • 2. How much does a removal company cost?

    The average house removal costs are £1,181. This price is for a 3-bedroom house travelling 50 miles. The removal company cost includes professional packing services and materials (£250), as well as the dismantling and reassembling of furniture at your new home (£125).

    This is only an average cost and you should ask for a breakdown of your removal quote. The cost of your house removal will vary depending on the size of your move, the distance travelled, the services you require and the removal company’s prices.

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  • 3. What other services do removal companies offer?

    In addition to moving, some removal companies can also assist you with packing and unpacking, furniture dismantling, storage services and white-glove service. Not every removal company will offer these services, so you should let them know beforehand what services you require.

    The most common extra service that removal companies offer will be a packing service. Removal companies usually provide a part or full packing service and often supply packing materials and equipment if you wish to self-pack.

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  • 4. Questions to ask your removal company

    You shouldn’t be afraid to ask your removal company questions before the move. It will help you to know what to expect throughout your moving house experience and whether there are any special requirements you need to discuss. Many reputable removal companies will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have as it not only provides you with peace of mind, but also let's then prepare for your move more quickly.

    When will they conduct a home removals survey? Do they have insurance? Do they offer other services? These are just some of the questions you should ask your removal

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  • 5. What is the British Association of Removers?

    The British Association of Removers, or BAR, is an independent trade association for the removal industry who sets a standard of professional service for their removal members, ensuring the best quality experience for the customer. All of our removal partners at Compare My Move must be a BAR member to ensure they can provide quality services to all of our users.

    Removal companies who are BAR members must adhere to strict standards covering everything from cancellations to the quality of removal vehicles. In short, the BAR is a mark of quality. We have all the information you need in our handy article which has been reviewed by our removals expert to ensure accuracy.

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  • 6. What is goods in transit insurance?

    Goods in Transit insurance is a policy that will cover your personal items in the case of damaged or lost items during your move. All Compare My Move removal partners must have Goods in Transit insurance as part of our verification process.

    As a customer, you do not need to get Goods in Transit insurance, the removal company will have the insurance already in place. Goods in Transit insurance will protect your belongings from theft, damage and loss during transit.

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  • 7. What is public liability insurance?

    Public Liability insurance is a policy that will cover the cost of injury to you or a member of the public during your move as well as covering the cost of damaged items. When using a Compare My Move removal company, you are guaranteed to be covered with Public Liability insurance.

    In the unlikely event of injury or damage during your move, Public Liability insurance will cover compensation due to injury or even death of a member of the public, as well as compensation due to damage to a property or its possessions.

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  • 8. What is a white glove delivery service?

    A white glove delivery service is a specialised packing service that will protect your most valued and cherished items. A team of highly-qualified and experienced professionals will handle fragile china and glassware with extra care.

    You will have to specify that you need a white-glove service during your pre-move survey. Using a white-glove service when you move house will give you that extra peace of mind that your personal belongings are being looked after.

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  • 9. What is a pre-move survey?

    A pre-move survey is used to help the removal company provide an accurate quote by visiting your house prior to the move. During the pre-move survey, the removal company will assess the number of bedrooms and the number of items that will be moved. At this point, you should let them know what items will need a packing service for the move.

    If there are any items that need a specialist packing service, they will need to be highlighted during the pre-move survey. The survey will also determine the packing materials and equipment required for the move.

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  • 10. What is a video home removals survey?

    One of the steps to preparing for moving day is the home removal survey. This is when the removal company assesses your property to determine what items need to be moved, how many there are and if there are any special requirements that need consideration. Unlike a traditional pre-move survey, you can do a video home survey yourself with your own technology. Simply download the app and get started!

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  • 11. How do you choose a moving date?

    The most popular time of year to move house across the UK is during the summer, with August being the most popular month for many UK cities. Competition may be high during these dates and so it’s important to compare removal quotes early to secure the best time slot for you and your schedule.

    The most popular day to move house for UK movers is Friday. Again, this may result in higher competition but choosing your moving date entirely depends on your personal circumstances. Plan as soon as possible and ensure there’s room for delay.

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  • 12. When is the best day and time of year to move house?

    Despite Friday being the most popular, Sunday is actually the cheapest day of the week to move house, with an average UK move costing £717.13. The day to avoid booking a removal on is Tuesday, with an average move costing £1,110.36.

    Summer is the most popular time of year to move house across the UK, but this varies region by region. Keep in mind that off-peak times such as spring or after the summer holidays can sometimes result in cheaper removal costs.

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  • 13. What can you do to help your removal company?

    There are things you can do to help your removal company access your property on the day of the move. You will need to make sure the removal company can park outside your home to gain access to your house.

    If you’re using a packing service, you should clear any obstacles that could delay the removal company packing up. If you’re not using a packing service, ensure you have everything packed in boxes ready to go. Compare My Move have worked with removal experts to create an article clearly stating the extra things you can do to help your removal company.

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  • 14. Moving House Checklist

    Our free moving house checklist will give you a step-by-step guide of everything you need to do when moving house, from the first stage up until you are settled in your new home. When it comes to buying a new home, check out our checklist for moving house.
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  • 15. How do you plan a last minute move?

    Sometimes, things happen out of our control and they result in us having to move house last minute. Whether it's due to a change in career or an issue with a landlord, you may be in the situation where you have to book a removal and move house at the last minute.

    There are many ways to plan and organise a quick removal and the best way to begin is to find a professional and experienced removal company to lend a hand. Create a plan, manage your time wisely, begin packing and above all else, don't panic. We have the perfect article to help you organise your last minute move.

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  • 16. What are non-allowable removal items?

    Non-allowable removal items are items you shouldn’t pack for your move for safety reasons. You may have to move some items yourself as the removal company won’t be able to handle certain items due to safety legislation.

    Some removal companies won’t allow you to pack dangerous items such as fire extinguishers, matches, lighter fluid and paint. Check beforehand what your removal company class as dangerous items.

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