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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 17th Aug 2022) 6 minute read

In 2022, the average removal company costs for a 3-bedroom house are £806. It will cost £1,181 with packing and furniture dismantling services added.

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The Following Will Impact Your House Removal Costs
  1. What Will Affect My Quote?
  2. Removal Costs By Size of House
  3. Removal Costs By Location
  4. Removal Costs By Distance
  5. Cost of Additional Services
  6. Factors That Can Increase Costs
  7. Why Do Some Quotes Seem Cheap
  8. Tips To Keep Removal Costs Down
  9. How Much Will It Cost To Do It Myself?
Example of Average UK House Removal Costs 2022

The table below provides a breakdown of the average UK house removal costs for a 3-bedroom house travelling 50 miles. It includes costs for the removal company, packing and a furniture dismantle 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


What Will Affect My Quote?

Certain factors will affect how much you pay for your removals. These will be addressed during your pre-move survey to cut hidden extra costs.

1. Volume of items

The more items you’re taking with you, the higher the quote will be. Always check with your furniture removals company what services they offer before agreeing. On average, for a 4 bedroom house travelling 150 miles, it’ll cost £1,168 without additional services.

2. Location

House removals in big cities will cost more than in smaller towns. You can expect to pay more for your move the closer to London you get.

3. Distance travelled

Our data shows some companies charge £25 per hour plus £0.50 per mile covered. Others charge £1 for each mile that’s covered during your move.

4. Additional services

For an extra cost, removal companies will offer a range of helpful removal services. These could include packing, furniture dismantling or storage services.

If you’re happy with the service provided, you may want to tip the removal company.

5. Special items

Some removal companies will offer specialist services for fragile items like antiques. This can be discussed during the pre-move survey.

6. Move date

The day and month you move will affect your quote. Tuesday is the UK’s most expensive day to move, while Sunday is the cheapest. Summer is a popular time for a move so might see prices hike.

7. Access to property

If on moving day access to your property is blocked, you will face additional costs or even a cancelled move.

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Removal Costs By Size of House

Removals quotes will vary depending on the volume of items you're taking with you. Below are the average removal costs for different sized properties.

Cost of moving from a 1-bedroom house:

  • Self pack = £450
  • With packing = £700

Cost of moving from a 2-bedroom house:

  • Self pack = £670
  • With packing = £920

Cost of moving from a 3-bedroom house:

  • Self pack = £900
  • With packing = £1,150

Cost of moving from a 4-bedroom house:

  • Self pack = £1,150
  • With packing = £1,400

Costs taken from our Cost of Moving House Calculator.

Removal Costs By Location

Location plays a part in the cost of your removals. Below are the average removal costs as well as average highs and lows across cities in the UK.

LocationAverage CostAverage HighAverage Low
London£1,547£2,354£740
Manchester£1,306£1,662£949
Bristol£893£1,106£680
Cardiff£730£856£604
Leeds£1,011£1,188£835

Removal Costs By Distance

Removal costs are based on distance travelled, so the further distance you move, the more you will pay.

Our data shows that some UK companies charge an hourly rate. Others break down costs on a mile-by-mile basis.

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

Cost of Additional Services

Below we list the costs for the most popular removal services.

Packing Costs

£250 for 3-bedroom house - includes 30 large boxes and labour costs

Most removal companies offer a part or full packing service to help you with the move. This will include packing, loading and unloading at the new house.

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

Furniture Removal Costs

£125 to dismantle and reassemble 3-double beds

Many removal companies will offer a service that dismantles and reassembles furniture, too. Some items may need extra protection, such as fine art or antiques. Specialist equipment might also be needed.

Fragile Packing Service

Varies depending on value of item

You will need a removal company that has experience transporting special care items. This is to ensure the highest standard of protection to your fragile items.

Labour costs will be higher when packing and moving high-value or fragile items. The cost will be based on the level of protection they need and the cost of hiring specialist equipment.

Self-storage Costs

£23.94 per square foot for UK storage

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 need it for and the unit size.

Jacqui Morris, 15th June 2022

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 Amazing. Helpful and professional. Would recommend to anyone. 

Factors That Can Increase Costs

There might be extra costs added on moving day, usually from situations out of your control. Some removal firms may add extra to their hourly rate while others may add a fixed fee on top.

Access to property - Some removal companies may charge extra if they have difficulty gaining access to your property. If you live in a top-floor flat without a lift, your removal company will face difficulties. Your removal company will assess how close they can get to your property as part of your home survey.

Waiting for keys - If you are part of a property chain, you may have to wait for the keys. Your removal company might charge you each hour they wait. Unfortunately, this is something that you can’t avoid.

Underestimated volume of items - Make sure your volume estimates are accurate. If you’ve guessed the volume of items, expect to pay an extra cost on the day. To avoid this extra cost, make sure the removal company does a home survey to assess the number of items.

Why Do Some Quotes Seem Cheap

We’re always wary of removal quotes that seem too expensive, but it’s vital to question a quote that seems too cheap too. If your quote appears too good to be true, then it probably is missing some important costs.

They don’t have insurance - Removal companies should have both Goods in Transit and Public Liability insurances. Often if a quote seems too cheap, it means that the removal company won’t be protecting you if something was to break.

Services aren’t included - The quote might only include the cost for the removal itself and not packing. This should be discussed before during the pre-move survey to get an accurate quote.

No pre-move survey - If the company didn’t offer a pre-move survey, they won’t be able to accurately provide a quote for the move.

They are ‘man and van’ - A 'man and van' service might not be able to fulfill your specific moving requirements. Discuss your requirements beforehand to make sure they can carry out the move.

Wrong volume of items - If your quote seems too cheap, the company might have got the volume of items incorrect. It’s always worth comparing quotes to spot this mistake.

Tips To Keep Removal Costs Down

There are certain things you can do to keep your removal costs down:

  • Declutter before packing
  • Opt to pack yourself
  • Compare removal quotes
  • Book in advance
  • Avoid peak seasons
  • Use free packing material

How Much Will It Cost To Do It Myself?

To hire a Ford Transit 350 ELWB Jumbo from Cardiff to Bristol will cost you roughly £124.30 for the day. It holds up to 3500 kg and doesn’t include the cost of your packing boxes and materials. It won't include a removal expert to help with your move.

Whilst it may seem like a cheaper option, using a removal company will save you time, money and stress. Removal companies are highly experienced, aiming to complete your move quickly and safely.

Average price of van hire taken from a Hertz quote.
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.

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