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How Much Do House Removals Cost?

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The cost of removals depends on different factors, such as the distance travelled, the number of items, the location and the services required.

In 2023, a 3-bedroom house travelling 50 miles is estimated to be £806. This fee increases to £1,181 if you add packing and furniture dismantling services. Read more and you’ll have a greater understanding

The example table below outlines the average cost of relocating a 3-bedroom house within a 50-mile radius in the UK in 2023. It details the expenses associated with employing a removal company, packing services and the dismantling of furniture:




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




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Removal Costs By Size of Property

The average cost of moving a property 50 miles away varies depending on the size of the property and the volume of items being moved. The following prices are based on the data from Calculator.

  • For a 1-bedroom house, the removal costs average at £356, or £606 if packing is included.
  • Moving a 2-bedroom house typically costs £576 for removals, or £826 with packing included.
  • A 3-bedroom house has an average removal cost of £806, or £1,056 with packing.
  • Finally, a 4-bedroom house has an average removal cost of £1,056, or £1,306 with packing.

Removal Costs By Location

Location can affect the cost of your removals. Compare My Move has compiled unique data which shows the average removal costs, as well as the highest and lowest costs, across cities in the UK. This information is presented below.


Average Cost

Average High

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Removal Costs By Distance

Moving further away will incur higher removal costs due to the distance travelled. Therefore, the costs will increase with the distance you move.

Distance travelled

£25 p/h + £0.50 per mile

£1 per mile

50 miles



100 miles



200 miles



300 miles



500 miles



How Are Costs Calculated?

Certain factors can impact the price of your removals. These will be discussed during your pre-move survey to prevent any unexpected extra costs.

  1. Volume Items The amount of items you need to move will affect the cost of your quote. Ask your furniture removal company what services they offer and make sure you are happy with what you are being charged. Generally, a 4-bedroom house that needs to be transported 150 miles will cost approximately £1,168 without any additional services.
  2. Distance Data suggests that some companies charge £25 per hour, plus £0.50 per mile for transportation. Other companies charge £1 for each mile covered.
  3. Location Removals in larger cities are likely to be more costly than in smaller towns, especially if you are close to London.
  4. Additional Service You may be able to pay extra for additional services such as packing, furniture dismantling or storage. If you are happy with the service, you may wish to give a tip.
  5. Special services may be offered for fragile items such as antiques. This can be discussed during the pre-move survey.
  6. The day and time of your move can influence your quote. In the UK, Tuesday is the most expensive day to move, while Sunday is the cheapest. Moving during the summer may also incur higher prices.
  7. Access to your property if it is blocked on moving day, you may incur extra costs or your move may be cancelled.
how much do house removals cost
Removals in larger cities are likely to be more costly than in smaller towns, especially if you are close to London.

Factors That Can Increase Costs

There may be additional costs on a moving day, often due to circumstances beyond your control. Some removal companies may raise their hourly rate, while others may charge a fixed fee.

  1. Access to the property– A removal company may charge extra if they have difficulty getting to your property. For example, if you live in a top-floor flat without a lift, your removal company must take this into account. They will assess how close they can get to your home during the home survey.
  1. Waiting for keys– If you are part of a property chain, you may have to wait for the keys. Your removal company may charge an hourly fee for each hour they wait. This is something that you cannot avoid.
  2. Underestimating the number of items– Make sure your item quantity estimates are accurate. If you guessed the number of items, you may be charged an additional cost on the day. To prevent this, ensure the removal company performs a home survey to evaluate the number of items.

How Does a Pre-Move Survey Help?

A pre-move survey can help the removal company and you understand how to best prepare for the move. It can provide the following information:

  • The amount of items that need to be relocated
  • What items require packing
  • Any furniture that needs to be taken apart
  • The number of removal vans required
  • The number of staff required for the job
  • Any restrictions on the property that need to be taken into account.

Tips To Keep Removal Costs Down

If you want to keep your removal costs to a minimum, there are a few things you can do.

  1. Firstly, declutter before packing. This will mean fewer items to move, and therefore fewer packing and moving costs.
  2. Secondly, you can opt to pack your belongings rather than hire a professional packing service. This could save you a significant amount, but bear in mind that you are at risk of damaging your items.
  3. Thirdly, compare removal quotes. Don’t settle for the first option you find – compare a range of quotes from different companies to make sure you get the best price.
  4. Fourthly, book in advance. This will stop you having to pay last-minute costs, and you’ll have time to save up for the move.
  5. Fifthly, try to avoid peak seasons. Moving during a busy time in your area will likely increase your costs.
  6. Finally, use free packing material. For example, you can use towels and bedsheets to protect delicate items.
Why Do Some Removal Quotes Seem Cheap
For furniture removal, many companies offer a service where they dismantle and reassemble items.

Why Do Some Quotes Seem Cheap?

We are always cautious when it comes to removal quotes that seem too expensive. However, it is equally important to question a quote that seems too cheap. If a quote appears too good to be true, then it is likely that it is missing some essential costs.

  • First of all, the company may not have insurance, such as Goods in Transit and Public Liability insurance. If the quote is too cheap, it could be because the company is not protecting in case something gets damaged.
  • Second, the quote may not include the cost of packing services. This should be discussed before the pre-move survey in order to get an actocurate quote.
  • Third, the company may not have done a pre-move survey. This could cause additional charges at the end of the move.
  • Fourth, the company may not be able to fulfil your specific moving requirements, as they may only provide a ‘man and van’ service. Make sure to discuss your requirements beforehand to make sure they can do the move.
  • Lastly, the company may have underestimated the volume of items, which could be why the quote seems too cheap. It is a good idea to compare quotes to detect this mistake.

Additional Removal Services

  1. Most removal companies offer packing services to help make your move easier. This can range from a self-pack option, where they provide you with the materials needed, all the way to a full packing and loading service. The cost of packing will depend on how many items you’re taking with you, so the fewer boxes, the more cost-effective the move.
  2. For furniture removal, many companies offer a service where they dismantle and reassemble items. However, if you have no experience doing this, it may be better to let the removal company do it for you.
  3. When it comes to fragile items, it’s important to use a removal company that is experienced in transporting these.them The cost will be based on the level of protection needed and the cost of any specialist equipment required.
  4. Self-storage is a great option if you need to move house in stages. The cost of storage will depend on the size of the unit and how long you need it.
  5. International moves can be more expensive. On average, a 3-bedroom house move would cost £2,997 for a 40ft shipping container, £260 for air freight per 100kg, and £265 for road freight per pallet.

How Much Will It Cost To Do It Myself?

Hire a Ford Transit 350 ELWB Jumbo from Cardiff to Bristol and it’ll cost roughly £124.30 for the day. It can carry up to 3500 kg. but doesn’t include packing boxes or materials, or a removal expert to help.

Using a removal company may seem more expensive, but can save time, money and stress. Removal companies can complete your move quickly and safely..

How Can I Save Money on Moving House
Booking a removal company in advance can help you save money, especially if you book for a weekday rather than a weekend or bank holiday.

How Can I Save Money On Moving House?

Moving house can be expensive, but there are ways to reduce costs. Booking a removal company in advance can help you save money, especially if you book for a weekday rather than a weekend or bank holiday.

Autumn and winter are also cheaper times to book. Having fewer possessions will also reduce the cost of removals. If you don’t want to pay for packing services, you can always do it yourself – just make sure to check your insurance small print.

Asking friends and family for help is another way to save money, and you can show your appreciation with some drinks.

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