Moving to a new home is an exciting prospect for many of us, but furniture removal can be a headache. With bulky beds, heavy white goods, and super-sized sofas to move, you’ll most likely need to call in a professional removals company to help you move from A to B, and that can be costly.
In this Complete Guide to Furniture Removal Cost London, we’ll explain everything you need to know about furniture removal services in the city, and how much to can expect to pay to move your worldly goods from one home to another.
How Much Does Furniture Removal Cost in London?
When it comes to budgeting for furniture removal in London, size, volume, and location count. While most removal companies in London have set fees for one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and four-bedroom homes, they will charge extra if you live on a high floor in an apartment block or if they need to use heavy-lifting equipment to move bulky items. We’ll cover this in more detail below.
To give you a rough idea of what it costs to hire a furniture removal truck in the capital, here is a list of averages based on quotes from removal companies in the region.
Average London House Removal Costs:
- 1 Bedroom Apartment or House: £300 – £400
- 2 Bedroom Apartment or House: £450 – £550
- 3 Bedroom Apartment or House: £600 – £700
- 4 Bedroom Apartment or House: £850 – £1100
- 5 Bedroom Apartment or House: £1250 – £1500
It should be noted that the above costs are for furniture removal services only and do not include packing services and materials, and travelling distance costs.
Import Factors that Affect Furniture Removal Costs
As we mentioned earlier, there are several factors involved in calculating your furniture moving costs. These include:
- Ease of Access: How easy is it to access your home? Can the removal company park directly outside? Do they need to climb stairs to access your property? If accessibility is an issue, they will charge you a premium on top of their standard removal costs.
- Evenings/Weekends/Peak Season: For most removal companies in London, May to September is peak season, and increase in demand pushes up prices. If you can only move home during the evening or weekend, removal costs will be higher than they would be during regular working hours, so bear this in mind when calculating home moving costs.
- High Value/Special Care Items:Your removal company will charge you extra to move high value and special care items such as pianos, antiques, and pieces of art. You must have these items insured for transit, as any insurances your removal experts have will most likely exclude such items.
- Distance: If you are relocating to another part of the city, travelling time should be included in your original furniture removal quote, but if you are moving to a different city or a remote area outside of London, you may be charged an additional ‘per mile’ fee of anything up to £1 per mile.
- Crew Size: If you are moving a one-bedroom apartment a short distance, you may only need a ‘man and van’ to help with your furniture removals, but if you are relocating a larger property, you will need to hire at least two or three removal men. The larger the crew, the greater your moving costs will be, but the more people you have, the quicker you will move, so it’s all about weighing up the pros and cons.
- Packing/Materials/Additional Services: Most furniture removal companies in London offer additional services such as packing, packing materials (boxes, bubble-wrap etc.), and furniture assembly, and while this will save you a lot of hassle, it will also add a chunk to your removal costs. The benefit of having them do everything for you is that your belongings will be insured for breakages etc. but you can expect to anything from £150 to £500 for professional packers.
Furniture Removal Insurance and Trade Associations
When it comes to moving home in London, there are several removal options available, from independent ‘man with van’ enterprises to professional furniture removal companies. While the former will save you money, that latter will most likely be backed by a trade association such as the British Association of Removers (BAR) or certified to British Standard BS EN 12522 for furniture removals, and so they come with peace of mind.
Most reputable furniture removal companies have public liability insurance to cover damage, but this is not a legal requirement in the UK, and if they do have it, it will most likely be capped at a certain amount and not cover high-value items. So check before you sign on the dotted line.