Removal Costs 2021

How much does it cost to move in the UK?

Moving house can be stressful at the best of times. Understanding your removal costs is the first crucial way to minimising stress. Less stress means more time to enjoy this exciting adventure! So, if you’re moving between England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, read on for essential information regarding average removal costs in the UK and even use our removal cost calculator to estimate the cost of your move. Are you making the leap abroad? Then you should be on our international moving costs page.

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Average Removal Costs Across the UK

Are you planning to move to a new city and wondering about the costs of a removal? Well, it goes without saying that your removal costs are likely to be higher than for a local move (which you can find in a section below, scroll on). Distance usually becomes the most important variable here. It’s hard to begin to calculate the cost of moving

Note! Some removal companies charge on an hourly basis, while others charge between £0.50 and £1 per mile. Get your thinking caps on and be thrifty in choosing which option is better value for your move!

In the meantime, explore the following tables which indicate average removal costs to a number of popular cities with furniture from a 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom house.

House Removal Costs City to City

1-bed2-bed3-bed4-bed
LondonGlasgow£860£970£1,140£1,420
GlasgowManchester£660£770£970£1,220
ManchesterLondon£640£750£870£1,200
BirminghamManchester£560£670£870£1,120

Disclaimer: Please remember, the prices shown are only average removal costs and do not include extra services that you may require when moving home.

Is your city to city move not on our list? Don’t worry, you can use our UK house removals cost calculator, just scroll to the next section and you’ll be calculating your cost of moving in no time.

UK Domestic Removal Costs Calculator

If you are thinking of moving, it’s always a good idea to know the costs you can expect. So, we made an easy to use our removal cost calculator for the UK. It’s really simple to use. All you have to do is fill in the form below and the moving cost calculator will do the rest!

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Now that you’re armed with the estimate from our house removals cost calculator, you are ready to do some comparison shopping by getting some free quotes. You’ll also know, approximately, how far away your new home is!

Removal Costs to Northern Ireland

Much like moving to Ireland, moving from mainland Britain to Northern Ireland is different. Just the mere obstacle of an ocean to conquer! Removal company costs differ depending on whether you ship your belongings in a container or if you get a ferry from the UK mainland across the Irish sea. If opting for the former, be sure to check out our container shipping costs page and you will be experts on the matter before you know it!

When moving via a ferry the costs above still apply, however there are often extra costs involved. The ferry price ranges significantly based on a number of factors such as the size of the van you take, how early you book and the season. Therefore, we recommend that you take a look at this ferry price comparison website to get an idea of how much you can expect to pay.

Please be aware that the additional costs of moving to Northern Ireland are not reflected in the removal costs calculator. Bear that in mind, and add these costs to the estimate, such as the ferry.

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Local House Removal Costs

When we refer to a local move, we mean within the same city or county. If you are moving across the UK, the section below this one will be of more use.

The main factors you need to take into account when booking a local move is the volume and the city or origin. For that reason be sure to calculate the volume of your furniture to save precious time when requesting quotes. The table below indicates the average removal costs within the most popular cities in the UK for a 1, 2 and 3 bedroom house. It’s time to get cracking!

City1 Bed2 Bed3 Bed
London£330 – £400£410 – £550£580 – £700
Manchester£320 – £400£410 – £530£535 – £660
Birmingham£325 – £400£410 – £540£550 – £650
Glasgow£330 – £400£410 – £535£540 -£640
Cardiff£300 – £360£365 – £460£465 – £640

Disclaimer: Please remember, the prices shown are only average removal costs and do not include extra services that you may require when moving home.

For a 4 bedroom house, the average removal costs for 2021 ranges from £650 to £1000.

Tip! Check out our moving house checklist to make sure you have everything prepared for moving day ✅

Removal Costs

Factors that Affect Moving Costs

We have already mentioned how the volume and distance of your move are crucial in calculating your final removal costs. However, there are a number of additional factors that can affect moving company costs:

  • Ease of access. Is your home located on a busy street? Can removal vans park outside? If the movers have difficulty accessing your home, then you will have to pay higher removal company costs.
  • Two hour minimum. Removal companies will usually charge a two-hour minimum. This is to help them stay protected from wasting resources on moves that are too small.
  • Man and a Van. If you want to take some pressure of your shoulders (quite literally!) and have heavy furniture to manoeuvre, a man and a van service is for you. Prices range from £50-£60 per hour for two removal men and a van.
  • Time of your move. Are you flexible with your moving date? If so, save on your removal costs by avoiding moving during peak season (May-September) and on weekends.
  • Special care. Lucky enough to own a piano? Or any fine art? If you have any unique furniture that requires special care, your removal costs will increase.
  • Additional services. We don’t blame you if you are feeling overwhelmed and want an extra helping hand. Luckily, moving companies often offer services such as packing assistance or storage facilities. If you are trying to keep your removal costs low, try and do some of the legwork yourself. Our expert packing guide is here to help you along the way! Remember, no matter how tough things get, you are not alone 😊

Please note. These factors are difficult to estimate and are thus not reflected in the quoted price of the moving costs calculator.

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Other Considerations

Unfortunately, the spending does not stop just yet. Alongside the cost of your removal company, there are other services you will require when moving home. The list below is by no means exhaustive, but we hope it helps to get the ball rolling:

Ready for Your Move?

First of all, give yourself a pat on the back. Reading about removal costs is no one’s favourite topic, but by having done so, you are one step closer to completing a smooth and budget-friendly move.

But being armed with this knowledge and an estimate from the UK removal cost calculator will give you a stronger position when assessing quotes from moving companies.

If you are still itching for more answers to your moving house queries, Sirelo has got your back 😎 Continue to explore our website to become real experts in the field. In particular, we reckon the pages we have linked below might be of great use. For the meantime, sit back and relax. We wish you every success with your move!