If you are reading this article you have probably come to the conclusion that moving house without the help of a professional removal company is too stressful and you’re thinking to yourself ‘what are removal company prices?’
How removal companies work
There are lots of different types of removal companies in London. You have some companies offering only ‘man and a van removal services’. These tend to be smaller companies or individuals who have one large van which they use to service their customers. These companies typically add on a charge for help with loading to their hourly rate.
More established removal companies offer a man and a van service alongside more traditional removal service offerings. Other services you can often add on include full packing, property maintenance, handyman service and rubbish removal. They also sell Packing Materials and can offer short and long term storage solutions.
Lot’s of well established cleaning companies now offer removals services too with huge savings to be had for booking both together.
Find a list of removal companies at The British Association of Movers.
How much do removal companies cost?
It’s difficult to give an average price for removal companies in London as lots of companies have different tariffs. The most common pricing method is by charging per hour/per man/per van.
In London you can expect to pay anything from £55 to £65 per hour for one man and a van from a professional company. Additional services such as packing attract a further cost of around £25 per hour per man. If the removal company has to provide the boxes and packing materials there is also a cost, albeit small, associated with this. Expect to pay anything from £2.50 for a large box with cost savings for buying in packs of 15. Remember these boxes are made for moving stuff so they can be reused.
If you’re booking multiple services there is often a deal to be had.
What about storage
The more established companies offer self-storage facilities with 24/7 access to give you the flexibility to come and go as you please with great long term rates. For bulk or long term storage warehousing and containerised storage is also available.
Can they take away rubbish?
Yes, most removal companies also offer rubbish removal. This could be household rubbish, Commercial Waste, House Clearance, Garden Clearance, Electrical Items, One off items (fridges, sofas, beds etc).
Make sure the company is fully licensed and disposes of your rubbish in only licensed facilities, recycling materials wherever possible. Get them to confirm if they will do the cleaning up after and if this including in the removal company prices. The last thing you want to do is spend hours cleaning where lots of rubbish has been removed. It often works out to be a cost effective alternative to skips.
Removal company prices for the UK
Mid-large removal companies will be able to offer national and international coverage. Check the website for details.
Main things to look out for when choosing a removal company….
Always do your due diligence when shopping around. Some of the things to look out for include:
Is the company a professional removal company?
You DON’T want to use removal firms who aren’t professional in their approach and techniques. They often don’t have the expertise and experience to carry out a stress free move. Look for memberships to professional bodies and associations.
Is the company reputable and do they have positive customer reviews?
Most companies who have good reviews will tell you about them on their website or when you are speaking to them. Look out for this. Its no different to say buying a product on amazon on ebay. Make sure the reviews are verifiable on sites like Google and Trustpilot. Anyone can write reviews on their own site. Don’t be afraid to ask to speak to previous customers when looking into removal company prices.
Is the removal company fully insured?
This really is a must. Make sure you ask the question and if you are unsure ask to see a public liability insurance certificate.
Do their prices include VAT?
Some websites don’t include VAT in their pricing and the price you see isn’t the price you pay. They may not necessarily be registered for VAT so make sure you ask
Moving house is always going to be a bit stressful but using an experienced removal company will help alleviate some of that stress. Most reputable companies will have reviews from independent third party sites. Don’t listen to reviews that have no association with independent sites as the company may have written the reviews themselves.