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Packing Services for House Removals

Martha Lott

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

16th Nov 2021 (Last updated on 20th Jun 2022) 5 minute read

Moving house can be a stressful time for many reasons. Fortunately, there are a variety of removal packing services available that can help save you time and effort.

Many movers and packers offer a variety of packing options for an additional cost. These typically include a full, part, fragile or self-pack service as well as the option of providing clients with the materials.

Your house removals team will have professional packers on hand to help and will have the necessary experience in packing and loading a wide variety of items.

This article will cover the following:
  1. What Types Of Packing Services Are There?
  2. How Much Does A Packing Service Cost?
  3. Is It Worth Paying For Packing?
  4. Is There Anything They Won’t Pack?
  5. Do Removal Companies Dismantle Furniture?
  6. Can Removal Companies Help Pack for Storage?

What Types Of Packing Services Are There?

1. Full-packing service

Most removal companies offer a full-packing service as standard. This means the team will arrive at your property a day or two before the move, and pack up your whole home. They will pack everything from plates and cutlery to books and artwork, organising their packing room by room.

This packing service is ideal if you don’t have the time or energy to pack your home for moving day or you require a last-minute move.

2. Part-packing service

Another removal packing service is the part-pack service aimed at those who don't require all items to be packed. If you’re capable and have the time to pack some items but need help with certain items such as bulky or awkward furniture, this service will be ideal for you.

You’ll have to let the removal company know which items they will be packing, then they can tailor their quote depending on the difficulty of the items.

3. Owner-packed service

If you want to pack for your move yourself, then most removal companies provide an owner-packed service. They can provide you with the packing materials and equipment at an extra cost so you can safely pack your personal belongings. Removal companies will typically provide you with packing supplies including:

  • Cardboard boxes or large containers
  • Crates
  • Wardrobe boxes
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tape

4. Fragile packing service

If you have any valuable or fragile items you’d like packed with extra care, it’s worth getting a fragile packing service when moving house. The professional packers will pack your delicate glassware and china using bubble wrap and packing techniques to eliminate the risk of damage.

5. Piano packing service

Most companies offer additional removal services to help with unique items such as pianos. They will be trained and experienced in using equipment to protect the piano when being carried out of your home and into the vehicle.

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How Much Does A Packing Service Cost?

A removals packing service for a 3-bedroom house will cost £250 on average. The price includes the cost of 30 large packing boxes and the labour for packing. The cost of packing and moving house will depend on how many items you’re taking with you and whether you require a full or part packing service.

The service will include visiting your house before the move and professionally packing your belongings. They will also load them onto the van and unload them at the new house. Expect to pay extra for a piano packing service.

Below is an example of how much a packing service would add to the average removal costs.

Removal ServicesAvg. ValueAvg. 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




The data shown above has been taken from our Average Removal Company Cost article.

Is It Worth Paying For Packing?

Although a removals packing service is an additional cost to factor in, it can save you money in the long run. If you’re not confident in safely packing your valuable items, you risk damaging them during transit.

A removal company will have a team of professional packers that have the skills and experience to securely pack your items. A packing service will benefit various situations and comes with many advantages over self-packing.

  • Ideal for last-minute moves
  • Helps if you're too busy to pack
  • Take care of heavy and awkward items
  • Items are protected with professional equipment
  • Avoid damage if done yourself

Is There Anything They Won’t Pack?

There are certain items that removal companies won’t pack and move as they are classed as dangerous items. Below you’ll find a list of items that removal companies won’t pack.

  • Nail polish remover
  • Paints and paint thinner
  • Lighter fluid
  • Petrol
  • Fireworks
  • Oxygen bottles
  • Propane Cylinders
  • Motor oil
  • Matches
  • Radio-pharmaceuticals
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Batteries
  • Firearms
  • Aerosols
  • Fire extinguisher

To learn more, read What Not to Pack When Moving House.

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Do Removal Companies Dismantle Furniture?

The average cost of a furniture dismantling service for a 3-bedroom house is £125.

The majority of removal companies will offer furniture dismantle and reassemble services. Make sure you discuss exactly what needs to be dismantled so they can give you an accurate quote for the service.

A lot of furniture like beds, wardrobes, tables and desks need to be dismantled. But if you lack the experience, you should use professional movers to minimise the risk of damage to your items as well as yourself. Don't forget to include this in your list of questions to ask removal companies when comparing quotes.

Can Removal Companies Help Pack for Storage?

Every removal company is different so the additional services they offer will also differ. However, many moving companies will also offer self-storage services for an additional fee. According to the Self Storage Association UK, the average storage costs in the UK are £23.94 per square foot.

If you're chosen removals company does not own or have access to storage facilities, they may still be able to help clients pack for self-storage. This can be an essential factor should you be moving furniture into a unit as you'll want to ensure that the items are safe. Adequately packing a storage unit requires planning and foresight to ensure your items are completely protected.

To protect your possessions from any risk of damp or damage whilst in storage, you'll need high-quality packing materials. These are items many removal companies will be able to provide. Their team should also have experience in moving large and awkward items. This means they should be able to help when loading and unloading your belongings at the unit.

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Martha Lott

Written by Martha Lott

Having written for Huffington Post and Film Criticism Journal, Martha now regularly researches and writes advice articles for everything moving house related.

Dave Sayce

Reviewed by Dave Sayce

Owner & Managing Director, Compare My Move

Dave Sayce is the owner and managing director of Compare My Move and has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.