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Last Updated on March 7, 2023

Relocating or simply decluttering? Hiring a professional removal company will save you from the stress of packing, moving, and unpacking. Removals cost around £35 to £200 for a local move and around £450 to £2,000 for a long-distance one. This could go higher or lower, depending on several factors.

When moving to a new place, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the millions of things you need to do and the high prices revealed by removal cost calculators. To help you avoid complex removal cost calculators, we’ve created a simple guide to the average cost of removal services in the UK. 

What do removal companies do?

a removal service provider loading boxes

Removal companies ensure your items are transported safely and on time. They’re experts in handling different types of items, helping you avoid property damage from improper handling or accidents from picking up an appliance that’s too heavy on the back. They often operate in a team to make the process more efficient. But how does it work?

Before the actual move day, the company will visit your property for a pre-move survey. They will assess your items and property and share the final costs of the move. This is the best time to share items that require special handling, other services you wish to avail of, and parking or travel arrangements. Planning the specifics helps make the actual move go smoothly. The removal company will take charge of loading, moving, and unloading the items into the truck, making sure these are placed in the correct room or location.

Removals price list

The average cost of removals in the UK is £90+. However, removal service costs can vary greatly, depending on the distance of the move, the services to be availed, and your property’s size.


Estimated cost

Local removal

£35 to £200 per job or £50 to £85 per hour

Long-distance removal

£450 to £2,000 per job


£40 per item

Furniture assembly and disassembly

£100 to £150

Packing and unpacking

£200 to £250 per job or £20 per hour

General cleaning

£15 to £30 per hour

Item storage

£25 to £50 per week


£30 to £75

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Here’s a look at the common prices of different removal services:

Removal Service


Flat removal


Bed removal


Appliance removal


Fragile item removal


Piano removal


Mattress removal


Office relocation


Heavy lifting 


Factors affecting how much removals cost

Property size

When moving to a new flat, average removal costs can increase depending on the size of the property and the number of rooms. For example, long-distance removal in the UK costs around £500 for a 1-bedroom property and around £1,000 for a 3-bedroom one. 

Property size

Estimated cost of removals

1- to 2-bedroom

£350 to £1,200


£700 to £1,500


£950 to £2,000

Items to be moved

The size, number, and type of items to be moved will affect how much removals costs. For instance, house removal prices may differ from office removals. During office relocation, huge meeting room tables, desktops, and TV monitors will cost more to move than bedroom furniture. If you have small but multiple boxes, costs might also increase since the professional will need to move more items, taking up more time.


When moving to a new place, distance plays a vital role in removal company costs. Moving a few blocks away will cost less than moving to another region. If professionals need to use a lift or take a few flights of stairs, you might be charged an additional fee for the labour.

Additional services

Apart from lifting heavy items, loading, and unloading, some removal services also offer cleaning, furniture assembly or disassembly, and item storage. You may also avail of insurance to set your mind at ease, especially if you’re making an interstate move. Some removal services offer discounted rates for both packing and insurance.

Reducing the average cost of removals

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Removal service costs can get high. Whether you plan to relocate interstate or downsize, here are some tips to help you save on costs:

  1. Prepare your own packing materials, such as tape, boxes, bubble wrap, etc.
  2. Declutter your items and sell those you no longer need.
  3. Pack as many items as you can.
  4. Book the service during the non-peak season, which is around 2nd or 3rd week of the month
  5. Book a parking space for the truck in advance.
  6. Ask about additional fees, such as flat fees, packing charges, or fuel charges, to prevent surprises during payment.
  7. Align whether you will opt for an hourly rate or a per-job rate. Opt for a time-based rate if you are only moving a few items to a nearby location.

Post a task for removal services

Now that you know how much removal services cost, it’s time to post a task. Here is how to get a more accurate cost estimate:

  • Make a list of all the items to be moved. If some items require special handling, mention them in your notes.
  • Indicate extra services you would like to add.
  • Add your budget and preferred schedule.

Once you connect with a Tasker, ask if they have been certified by recognised organizations. Check if they also have a guarantee of delivery in case of delays and ask about their loss and damage policy in case anything happens to your items. It helps to cover all your bases to prevent hassles during the move.

When hiring a removal service, it’s best to ask someone reputable to handle your belongings. On Airtasker, you can view Tasker profiles and read reviews from previous clients, making it easier to decide whom to pick. Get started with your big move by posting a task today.

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FAQs about removal companies

Yes, removal companies can also dismantle beds and other bulky furniture. However, this will be an additional service since most removal services only include loading, moving, and unloading belongings.

Packing isn’t usually a part of the removal service. However, you can avail of this for a fee. It costs around £20 per hour.

Moving plants requires special care and attention, as they can easily get crushed inside the truck. Plants might also dry up or become crumpled because of temperature changes. That said, not all removal companies offer plant moving services, and those that do might charge additional fees.

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