Moving House: What Will it Cost Me?

Whether you’re hiring professional movers, or taking the DIY approach because your budget is tight, moving house is a costly affair. Hiring professional movers takes the headache out of moving, though it hits the pocket hard. The price of moving will vary from company to company, so get at least five quotes from different companies to ensure you get the best bang for your buck.

A good tip is to check your household contents insurance policy to see whether it covers your move. If it doesn’t, it’s a good idea to get the extra cover, which would cost an additional £20 - £30. Some removal companies have an insurance product which offers coverage in the event of damage, but it can be pricey and claimable compensation is limited. If you decide to go with the insurance offered by the removal company, make sure you get everything in writing and double-check that the cover and compensation offered is sufficient.

The total cost of moving will depend on a variety of factors, and will differ from company to company, however the basics are as follows:

1. The more items you have to move, the more it will cost you. 2. The distance between the old and the new location is a big factor; the further the distance the higher the price. 3. The harder it is to access your old or new property, the more you will pay. 4. Bulky or oversized items will add a weighty sum to the total cost. 5. Some companies may charge an hourly rate, especially for the Full Service Option.

Make sure you discuss your particular needs with your chosen removal company so that the quote you receive includes all your requirements, and will not differ once your move has been completed. Finally, if you have decided that you’re not going to be giving your old abode a last thorough cleaning, don’t forget to add cleaning services to your budget.

Full Service Moving

This is the most expensive option. Professional removal companies will give you an inventory document to submit before quoting. Make sure you go through room by room, adding everything to the checklist so that there are no unexpected surprises, like a too-small removal truck when the big day arrives.

You also need to consider access points from the removal van to your property and whether permits are needed should the truck obstruct traffic. Equally important to consider is the best route the truck will take to your new home and to consider alternatives should there be low bridges or points of inaccessibility for a large removal truck.

The Full Service option is the Rolls Royce of moving options, and you will be free to do whatever else you need to do while the professionals pack and box your items, but it comes at with a hefty price tag, which often enough is the price of peace of mind.

You pack and prepare - They do the heavy Lifting

This is a cheaper option, but means that you will be packing, wrapping and doing all the tedious work involved in moving house, which can be quite stressful. Remember to include materials like mattress covers, padding, boxes and bubble wrap in your budget.

Once again, check your household contents insurance policy and if it’s lacking, consider extra cover or the insurance offered by the removal company.

The DIY option

This is the cheapest option by far; however, it could prove costly if you don’t plan everything down to the last detail – and add it all to your budget. You will have your work cut out for you because you’ll need to get several quotes for hiring a van as well as the cost of a driver, should you need a larger than average vehicle. You’ll have to work out the mileage and calculate the cost of fuel, and multiply this by the number of back and forth trips required.

If possible, get an inventory list from a removal company and use it for your own purposes. If you’re an average sized family, it may take a few days to move the contents of your house to your new home, and you will have to consider staying in a hotel, motel or bed and breakfast for the duration of your move, which again adds to the bottom line.

At the end of the day, even though it would appear to be the cheapest option, depending on the size of your family and the volume of furniture to be moved, it may prove more expensive than anticipated, so go over the numbers carefully, consider all the work, stress and duress involved in a DIY move, and decide whether your family really wants to go through all that.

When it comes to moving house, whether you are using professionals or doing it all yourself there is a wealth of useful information available on the internet which you could put to good use. It’s very important that you check and double-check to make sure that you’ve covered all the bases, that way you can at least be sure that you’re able to come in as close as possible to your budget.

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