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If you are moving house in the near future, you probably have a number of questions relating to price and how much your removal is going to cost.

Here are 5 common questions we get asked about removals costs and prices by our customers:

  1. How much do removal companies cost? 
  2. How much does it cost to hire a removals company? 
  3. How much will my removal cost?
  4. What factors affect the price of a removal?
  5. How much should I expect to pay for removals?

These are all very valid questions, as you need to factor in the cost of hiring a removals company when moving house.

We have been in the removals business for years and are part of ‘The British Association of Removers (BAR)’. This is the professional body for removal companies and we are regularly audited to ensure we comply with regulations. Click here to find out more. So it’s safe to say that we know what we are doing when it comes to removals.

We understand that moving house is an expense and that you want to keep your overheads to a minimum. To help you understand the cost of a removal, this article will look at the varying factors that affect price and what you can do to keep your costs down.

What factors will affect the price of your removal?

There are a number of factors that can affect the price of your removal, as follows:

Amount of belongings you have 

The amount of goods you have is one of the most important factors that affects price. It also determines the size of vehicle required to carry out the removal, the size of the removals team required to do the job, and how long it will take the team to load/unload your items.

I would recommend that if you want to lower your removal costs, you discard anything you no longer need or want.  The more goods and belongings that need to be moved will affect the price. A bit of decluttering might be a good idea before you get a removals quote. You could give anything reusable to friends and family or donate to a charity shop.

Distance of the move 

Cost will also be determined upon where you are moving from and to. If you are only moving a few miles down the road, the cost is going to be a lot less than moving 100s miles. There are many variable here including the distance from your old and to your new home, the time it takes, amount of fuel, and the number of people carrying out the removal and how long they are needed for.

Basically, a shorter distance will cost less than a longer distance.

Type of service required

The price of your removal will also be affected by the type of service you would like. If you require packaging materials, this can be included in the price of your removal, but you should request this at the time of your estimate.

If you have a lot of heavy, bulky items or furniture, then this can also impact the price of a removal – the number of team members plus the time required would be adjusted accordingly.


If your existing or new property is close to any low bridges or tight lanes, then this will determine the size of vehicle required to carry out your removal.

If access is restricted, it’s more than likely your removals company will have to use a smaller vehicle, and therefore make more trips back and forth to carry out the removal.

If you are moving to a sixth storey flat, then extra time will have to be allocated to ensure the removals team can get up and down six flights of stairs to carry out the removal.

The time is a major factor in determining the price of a removal.

Day of your removal 

As a general rule, its more cost effective to move during the week and more expensive to move at the weekends.  If you can, I would suggest scheduling your removal during the week to keep costs lower.

How do you get a quote?

Most removal companies will have some kind of removals calculator on their website and will ask you to complete this. Once completed, you should receive a quote quite quickly. Take your time to fill it out correctly and give details as you want to make sure you are quoted the correct price.

Most removals companies also have estimators who can come to your property and calculate the cost of your removal for you. Again, they will come back to you with a quotation detailing what service they are offering.

How pricing works at Fife Group

Now that you know what the main factors in terms of how a price is calculated, here is an insight of how the pricing works at Fife Group. Our aim is to always offer our customers the best service at the most competitive price. We price fairly based on the factors I have mentioned throughout this article.

Our customers can choose to fill out our online removals form (click here to access) or they can arrange for an estimator to come and give them a price.  If you choose the latter, an estimator will come to your property and price your removal for you. They will look at what needs to be moved and ask for a bit of information about where you are moving to.

Our estimator will go away and work out their calculations and will come back to you with a quote. You can either accept or reject the quotation and we don’t charge for an estimator to come to your house.

I hope you find this information of use and that it helps you understand more about how the price of a removal is calculated.

I wish you every success with your upcoming removal and hope it all goes well.

Happy moving.

John Kilgour - Fife Group

John Kilgour 

Managing Director

Fife Group

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