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How Much Does a Removal Company Cost?

Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
15th March 2017

Average removal costs for a three-bed house travelling 52 miles and moving more than 875 cubic feet of household goods would total £1192.67. This includes professional packing services and materials, as well as the dismantling and reassembling of furniture at your new home.

Example of Removal Costs

The table below provides a full breakdown of the average removal costs for a three-bed property moving 52 miles away.

While this table offers the averages costs for a three-bed move, prices will vary depending on the company you choose.
Removal ServicesAvg. ValueAvg. Service Cost

Loading and unloading

875 cubic feet (three-bed house)

£770

Distance travelled

52 miles

£47.67

Packing services and materials

30 large boxes

£250

Dismantling and reassembling furniture

Three double beds

£125

Total

£1,192.67

This article will cover the following points

Volume of Your Move Ease of Access Distance Travelled Additional Services Special Care Items How to Get the Best Price

Volume of Your Move

Removal companies calculate quotes based on the cubic footage of items that need moving. Although this amount varies between companies, you can expect to pay around £0.75-£1 per cubic foot.

As with all house removals, your moving company will provide a free home survey to calculate the volume of your belongings that will need moving. The overall volume of your belongings determines the size of vehicle required, the time it will take for staff to pack and load, and the packing materials needed.

The table below reveals the average costs of moving based on property sizes.

These costs are averages and prices provided by our partners may differ.
Avg. cubic feetAverage cost

One-bed property

300-500

£264-£440

Two-bed property

500-750

£440-£660

Three-bed property

750-1,000

£660-£880

Four-bed property

1,000-1,500

£880-£1,320

Five-bed property

1,500-2,000

£1,320-£1,680

Ease of Access

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 companies may add extra to their hourly rate while others may simply 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 removers will have extra difficulty loading their vehicle. If you live up 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, for example.

Your removal company will advise you on ease of access as part of your home survey if you are unsure.

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Distance Travelled

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

A recent survey of our partner network showed that some removal companies charge 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 simply 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

Additional Services

Removal companies offer a range of additional services to help make your moving experience a little easier, but will raise the cost of your removal company. Our recent survey of additional service costs found that prices vary significantly depending on the size of house you are moving from.

The table below reveals the average cost of additional services for a three-bed property.

These costs are averages and prices from our partners may differ.
Additional ServiceAvg. Costs

Packing services (including materials)

£250

Packing materials

£90

Dismantling and reassembling furniture

£125

Storage (per 100 sq ft)

£30 per week

Cleaning

£15 per hour


Take a look at our guide on additional removal company services for more information.

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Special Care Items

These are items that require extra protection, such as fine art or antiques, or items that need moving with specialist equipment. The removal company may have to use more packing material and take more time packing and moving these items. The cost of handling special care items will often be calculated based on the value of the item or the cost of hiring their specialist equipment.

Transporting special care items may require a specialist removal company to ensure nothing is damaged or lost during your move. This will generally cost extra, but will give you peace of mind that your belongings have been safely delivered to your new property.

All our partnered removal companies in our network are insured to pack and move your belongings, giving you further assurance that your belongings are in safe hands.

How to Get the Best Price

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

Compare My Move is dedicated to providing the best moving day experiences at great prices with the help of our partnered removal companies. We constantly monitor the performance of ever mover in our network. We also carry out a thorough verification process on each removal company before allowing them to join Compare My Move, giving you peace of mind.

Last updated on Monday 21st August 2017