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House Removal Packing Services Explained

Martha Lott

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

16th Nov 2021 (Last updated on 18th Nov 2021) 4 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 removal companies offer packing options for an additional cost and typically include a full, part, fragile or self-pack service as well as providing you with the materials if you decide to self-pack.

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?

What Types Of Packing Services Are There?

There are different packing options to choose from to suit your requirements, from a full packing service to supplying packing materials so you can self-pack.

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 and protection, 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 or smashing.

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 carrying 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 for 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, loading onto the van and unloading 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




Data 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 the moving house process, it can save you money in the long run. If you’re not confident in safely packing your valuable items, you run the risk of 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

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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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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

Co-Founder and Director, Compare My Move

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