Moving house is different for everyone, and there is no set price for a house move and what you will find when comparing quotes is that prices can vary dramatically from one removals company to the next.
The cost of removals depends on a number of factors, which we will explain in more detail.
How far are you moving?
Distance is a primary factor that can affect the cost of your removals quote. When providing a removals quote, the removals company will use the distance of the move to calculate their costs for fuel and time. If you are moving a few miles, this will be much cheaper than moving to a new town or city or to another country.
What are you moving?
The removals company will need to carry out an assessment of what you need to move in order to provide an accurate quote. This is called a “Survey”. This will allow them to calculate how much space your belongings will take up on a lorry and how many staff are needed to move you. They will also be able to assess the value of your belongings so that you are covered for any loss or damage in transit.
When are you moving?
Generally, the best time to move house is when kids are in school. The cheapest time to move house is around November as most people don't want to move right before the Christmas holidays.
The most expensive time to move house is in the summer months, as most people sell around this time and with kids being off school, this is when a most people plan their moves meaning removals companies prices will increase with demand.
Always try to Plan your move to take place mid-month in order to get the lowest prices. The beginnings and ends of months are typically the busiest times for movers, as many people's rental tenancies are up at the beginnings of months, and people generally choose to move when they have been paid.
The best days of the week to move are Monday to Thursday. Most people plan their moves for the weekend, when they are off work so generally, removals companies will be less busy in the week meaning you will get a better price moving at this time.
What level of service do you need?
The cost of moving house will vary depending on the level of service you need. If you require a basic removals service where you have packed everything and the removals company only need to move your belongings from point A to B, then this will be a lot cheaper than taking a full packing an unpacking service which can double the cost of your removals. Sit down and work out your budget so you know exactly what you can afford, and you will then be able to negotiate a price based on what you can afford.
What experience does the removal company have?
If you are hiring a removals company with years of experience then you may expect to pay a premium. When choosing a removals company price should not be the deciding factor. When choosing a removals company, ensure that you read reviews to get feedback from other customers who have used the company. Compare quotes to get the best deal, and only hire a company that ticks all the boxes of skills, experience, positive feedback from other customers and price.