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How Much Does The Average House Removal Company Cost?

Martha Lott

Written by Reviewed by Steve Jordan

7th Nov 2019 (Last updated on 27th May 2022) 7 minute read

In 2022, the average removal company costs are £1,181. This is the cost for a 3-bed house travelling 50 miles in the UK. This includes a packing service for £250, as well as the dismantling and reassembling of furniture for £125.

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The Following Will Impact Your House Removal Costs
  1. Removal Costs Based on Size of Property
  2. Removal Costs Based on Distance Travelled
  3. How are Costs Calculated?
  4. What Will Affect My Quote?
  5. Packing and Moving Costs
  6. Furniture Removal Costs
  7. Self-storage Costs
  8. Additional Removal Costs
  9. How Much Will It Cost To Do It Myself?
  10. Tips To Keep Removal Costs Down
  11. How to Get the Best Removal Company Price
Average UK House Removal Costs 2022

The table below provides a full breakdown of the average UK house removal costs for a 3-bedroom property moving 50 miles away. It includes the removal company costs, cost of packing boxes and a dismantling and reassembling furniture service.


ServiceSizeCost

Loading and unloading (50 miles distance)

875 cubic feet (3-bed house)

£806

Packing services and materials

30 large boxes

£250

Dismantling and reassembling furniture

3 double beds

£125

Total


£1,181


Removal Costs Based on Size of Property

Below are the average removal costs for different sized properties that are travelling 50, 150 and 200 miles. The cost of a removal company will vary depending on the company you use, the distance travelled and any additional services you need.

The Average Cost for Moving From a 1-bedroom House:

  • Travelling 50 miles - £356
  • Travelling 150 miles - £468
  • Travelling 200 miles - £525

The Average Cost for Moving From a 2-bedroom House:

  • Travelling 50 miles - £576
  • Travelling 150 miles - £688
  • Travelling 200 miles - £745

The Average Cost for Moving From a 3-bedroom House:

  • Travelling 50 miles - £806
  • Travelling 150 miles - £918
  • Travelling 200 miles - £975

The Average Cost for Moving From a 4-bedroom House:

  • Travelling 50 miles - £1,056
  • Travelling 150 miles - £1,168
  • Travelling 200 miles - £1,225

The Average Cost for Moving From a 5-bedroom House:

  • Travelling 50 miles - £1,356
  • Travelling 150 miles - £1,468
  • Travelling 200 miles - £1,525

Please note that the costs shown don’t include surveying, conveyancing or Stamp Duty costs. It’s important that you remember to factor in these costs to your budget by using our moving house calculator.

Removal Costs Based on Distance Travelled

A removal company will charge less for relocating in the local area than they would do for a long-distance move across the country or overseas. The further distance you move, the more you will pay.

A recent survey of our partner network showed that some UK removal companies charge at an hourly rate, while others break down costs on a mile by mile basis.

One partnered removal company in our network charges £25 per hour of travelling plus £0.50 per mile covered. Another removal company charges £1 for each mile that is covered during your move.

Prices based on vehicle moving at an average speed of 60 mph. These costs are averages and may differ to prices provided by our partners.
Distance travelled£25 p/h + £0.50 per mile£1 per mile

50 miles

£45.83

£50

100 miles

£91.67

£100

200 miles

£183.33

£200

300 miles

£275

£300

500 miles

£458.33

£500

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How are Costs Calculated?

A removal company will charge less for a local move than they would do for a long-distance move. The further distance you move, the more you will pay.

A recent survey of our partner network showed that some UK movers and packers charge at an hourly rate, while others break down costs on a mile by mile basis.

One partnered removal company in our network charges £25 per hour of travelling plus £0.50 per mile covered. Another removal company charges £1 for each mile that is covered during your move.

What Will Affect My Quote?

Every removal quote will be different. A few factors that might affect your quote:

  • The company you use
  • The distance travelled
  • Location
  • Additional services you need
  • Blocked access to your home

Packing and Moving Costs

£250 for 3-bedroom house

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.

The cost of packing and moving house will depend on how many items you’re taking with you, so the fewer packing boxes, the cheaper the move.

Most removal companies offer a part or full packing service to help you with the move. The service will include visiting your house before the move and packing your belongings, loading on to the van and unloading at the new house.

Furniture Removal Costs

£125 for 3-double beds

Many removal companies will offer a service that dismantles and reassembles furniture, too. The dismantling and reassembling of 3 double beds will cost £125, but the cost will vary depending on the amount of furniture.

Some items may require extra protection, such as fine art or antiques, or require the use of specialist equipment. The removal company may have to use more packing material or take more time packing and moving high-value or fragile items. The cost of handling these items will be based on the level of protection they need and the cost of hiring specialist equipment.

Transporting special care items may require a specialist removal company to ensure the highest standard of protection. This will generally cost extra but will give you peace of mind that your belongings are safe.

Moving a Piano

Some removal companies will provide a specialist piano removals service to help with trickier items. The average cost of a piano removal service will cost anywhere between £100 and £150. This will cover the labour costs and the service.

Moving a Fridge

Unless you’re leaving your white goods in your house, you will need your removal company to move your fridge. Moving a fridge is a complicated job that should be left to the professionals. Your fridge must be defrosted, cleared and dry before the removal company arrives.

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Self-storage Costs

Many people use storage for moving house as it's an ideal way to tackle the move in stages, especially if you're in between homes. The cost of your storage will depend on how long you require it and the unit size.

Below we've listed the average storage costs for each region in the UK.

RegionAverage Cost Per Sq.ft

Scotland

£21.04

North England

£17.10

Yorkshire & The Humber

£18.77

East Midlands

£15.71

East of England

£23.15

London

£33.06

West Midlands & Wales

£12.24

South East

£23.27

South West

£19.53

Data taken from the SSA UK’s Annual Industry Report 2021. Please note these are just averages.

To learn more, read How Much Does a Self Storage Unit Cost.

Additional Removal Costs

Some removal companies may charge extra if they have difficulty gaining access to your property. This cost varies significantly between removal companies and the specifics of your move. Some removal firms may add extra to their hourly rate while others may add a fixed fee on top of your other moving costs.

Ease of access can relate to several scenarios during your move. If you live in a top floor flat without a lift, your removal company will have extra difficulty loading their vehicle. If you live down a narrow lane or your street has restricted parking, your removal company will assess how close they can get to your property.

Depending on the type of vehicle they are using, it may be difficult to park or manoeuvre down a narrow lane. Your removal company will advise you on ease of access as part of your home survey if you are unsure.

How Much Will It Cost To Do It Myself?

If you’re considering carrying out your house move without the help of a removal company, we’ve worked out the average removal van costs. It should be noted that your removal van costs will vary depending on the weight of items you’re taking, the size of the van and the distance of the move.

How much is a removal van for a day?

To hire a Ford Transit 350 ELWB Jumbo that holds up to 3500 kg, travelling from Cardiff to Bristol (45 miles) will cost you roughly £124.30 for the day. This price doesn’t include the cost of your packing boxes and materials, or for a removal expert to help with your move.

Whilst it may seem like a cheaper option, removal companies are highly experienced, aiming to complete your move as quickly and safely as possible.

Average price of van hire taken from a Hertz quote.
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Tips To Keep Removal Costs Down

There are certain things you can do to keep your removal costs down. We've listed a few below to help save you money.

  • Declutter before packing
  • Place items in storage
  • Compare removal quotes
  • Book in advance
  • Avoid peak seasons
  • Use free packing material

To learn more, read how to keep removal costs down.

How to Get the Best Removal Company Price

The best way to save money on your house removal costs is by using Compare My Move. We compare your moving requirements with up to 6 local and trusted removal companies, saving you up to 70% off your moving day costs.

It's also important to remember that we will only match you with trusted removal companies. For peace of mind, you can check that your removal company is a British Association of Removers (BAR) member, or you can look for the BAR badge.

We’re dedicated to providing the best moving day experiences at great prices, with the help of our trusted removal companies. We constantly monitor the performance of every mover in our network, ensuring they have both Goods in Transit and Public Liability insurances.

Remember to use a moving house checklist to be fully prepared for all costs when moving house.

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.

Steve Jordan

Reviewed by Steve Jordan

Owner and Editor, The Mover Magazine

Owner and Editor of the Mover Magazine, Steve Jordan has over 45 years of experience in the global moving industry.