Moving Cost Calculator

Get Your Moving Cost Calculated for Free

The free moving cost calculator offered by RemovalReviews will help you learn the approximate moving cost of your house move regardless of whether you’re moving locally, moving across the country, or moving to another country.

It is important to get 3-4 price quotes for your move so that you can compare the prices offered by different removal firms.

Be sure to read the advice at this bottom of this page regarding comparing different removal firms before hiring any company to help you move.

What’s the average cost of moving home?

The price of your home move will be calculated based on the volume of the items you are moving, how long it will take the removal team to load and unload your things, and the distance from your old to new home.

The average volume prices charged by a reputable removal company equate to about £1 per cubic foot. For example:

  • 1 Bedroom property – 250-500 Cubic feet – £250 – £530
  • 2 Bedroom property – 500-700 Cubic feet - £500 – £720
  • 3 Bedroom property – 750-1000 Cubic feet – £750 – £1050
  • 4 Bedroom property – 1000-1500 Cubic feet – £1300 – £1700

The next part of the calculation involves how long it will take the team to load and unload your things. If the team need to walk up multiple flights of stairs or they cannot park near your home to load or unload, this will all add extra time to the home move.

The average hourly rate charged by a reputable moving company is £50-£60 per hour, per man, usually with a minimum charge of 2 hours.

  • A 1 bedroom property can take 2-3 hours to move - £100 – £180 per man
  • A 2 bedroom property can take 3-5 hours to move – £150 – £300 per man
  • A 3 to 4 bedroom property can take 7 hours to move – £350 – £420 per man
  • A 5 bedroom property can take 8-10 hours to move – £400 – £600 per man

The last thing to factor in to the calculation is the mileage. This usually equates to about £1 per mile, but check carefully as some removal firms charge you from their depot, not from your old to new home.

Many people will very sensibly choose to have their household items packed professionally. Not only will your precious items be properly protected but a good packing team will pack efficiently and quickly, saving you stress and money.

  • On average a 1-2 bedroom home costs about £200 depending on how many items you are taking with you.
  • On average a 3 bedroom home costs about £400 depending upon what you need packing.

Get Free Moving Cost Estimates for Local Home Moves

Use the moving cost estimator below to find out how much it will cost you to move locally. Enter where you’re moving from and where you’re moving to, the size of your home, and your move-out date. Based on that move info, we will provide you with an accurate cost estimate from top-rated local removal companies in your area.
Free local home moving cost estimate.

What’s the Average Cost of Moving Long Distance?

Home removal costs can vary wildly depending on a number of factors that are specific to your home move. But to give you a rough idea of what you can expect to pay when moving to another part of the country, here are some average moving costs for a 3 bedroom home move excluding packing or any additional costs.

  • London to Cardiff – £790
  • Manchester to Glasgow – £970
  • Birmingham to Newcastle – £960
  • Cardiff to Birmingham – £860

Get Free Moving Cost Estimates for a Long Distance Home Move

Long distance home moves require additional planning and resources by the removal company so are not offered by all removal firms.

Rather than you wasting time calling dozens of removal firms who do not do long distance moves, use the cross country moving cost calculator to get quotes from removal firms who specialize in long distance home moves.
Free long distance home moving cost estimate.

How to calculate your international moving cost

When moving to another country, it’s good to know in advance that the international moving cost will be based on several critical factors:

Size of your move. The more things you choose to ship internationally, the more money you should be ready to pay to cover the international shipping costs. When shipping your items by sea, then the moving cost will be determined by the volume of your shipment. When shipping your things by air, the international moving price will be calculated by the weight of your shipment.

Moving services. Various moving services may be needed for a successful country to country move. Each add-on service such as packing, furniture disassembly, custom crating, express delivery, etc. will increase the cost of moving abroad.

Transportation method. International air freight is much more costly than international sea freight.

Type of move. For accurate calculation of your international shipping costs, you will need to choose a delivery option that works best for you: port to port (the cheapest option), door to port, or door to door (the most expensive option).

Distance to destination country. In most cases, more mileage between the two countries will mean higher international relocation costs.

International moving company. Some overseas moving companies charge more than others for the same services, so it’s a good idea to compare the cost estimates of several international movers before you choose your relocation partner.

How Much Does it Cost to Move to Abroad?

The cost of moving overseas can vary significantly from country to country depending upon the distance you are moving and how your goods are moved to your new home.

As an example you could expect to pay the following when moving to Austria:

  • 1 Bedroom home – No furniture – £1,500-£2,500
  • 1 Bedroom home – Full home move – £2,100-£5,600
  • 2 Bedroom – No furniture – £1,700-£3,300
  • 2 Bedroom – Full home move – £2,700-£4,200
  • 3 Bedroom – No furniture – £1,900-£4,500
  • 3 Bedroom – Full home move – £3,500-£6,700

Whilst if you were thinking of moving to America, you could expect to pay:

  • 1 bedroom home move to America on average costs £6000 – £6600
  • 3 bedroom home to America on average costs£7000 – £7700
  • 5 bedroom home to America on average costs £8500 – £9250

Get a Free Moving Cost Estimate for an International Home Move

Use our international moving cost calculator to find out how much your particular move will cost. Select your starting postcode and then pick the delivery country, choose the approximate moving date and the move size. When the form is completed, we will provide you with an accurate cost estimate from experienced international moving companies that service those two countries.
Get a free international home move cost estimate.

Major factors that will affect your moving cost

You should already be familiar with some of the principal factors that will affect your home moving cost. Let’s review them again so that you understand better how your money will be spent, and whether or not you can do something about it in order to save some money before, during, and after the move.

Size of the move. The more items you choose to move with you, the higher the cost of moving will be. Do consider getting rid of anything you don’t need any more to bring down the price.

Specialty items. Any specialty items that you own and want to take with you will make the move more complicated and… more expensive. For example, moving a piano will require professional piano moving services. The same is also true when moving antique furniture, a hot tub, a pool table, a grandfather clock, or a heavy safe.

Move distance. This cost factor cannot be manipulated in any way - the move distance between the two homes will remain a constant no matter what you do. But as pointed out earlier, check whether you will be charged from the firms’ depot or from your home address.

Packing materials. Packing supplies, especially moving boxes, will be one of the biggest moving expenses you’ll have to deal with.

Move-out date. The date you choose as your move-out date can greatly affect the moving cost. A house move during the peak season or during the weekend tends to be more expensive than an off-season move that falls on a weekday.

Liability coverage. When using professional moving services, you must consider getting some sort of protection for your valuable items. The best removal companies in the country offer different levels of protection, from basic (not recommended) to Full Value Protection (recommended).

Removal Company. Different removal firms offer different moving rates and some tend to charge more for the same type and quality of service. Don’t skip the step of comparing movers and picking the mover that offers quality services at affordable prices.

Extra fees and charges. Hidden and uncommon fees and charges will increase the cost of moving when you least expect it: a lift fee, a long carry fee, VAT, check exactly what you are, and are not, being charged for.

20 Ways to reduce moving costs

Looking for ways to reduce the cost of moving? What a great idea!

Remember that you don’t really need to pay more money than you absolutely need on your next move.

FIND an affordable removal company. That’s easier said than done but definitely possible. Use our online moving cost calculator to get accurate estimates from top-rated removal companies, then compare the quotes carefully to pick a mover.

REQUEST in-home estimates. The best way to have your moving cost estimated accurately is to ask a removal surveyor to visit your home in person. Stay away from cost estimates done over the phone or via e-mail as they won’t be precise enough for your needs.

NEGOTIATE with your movers. Removal company rates are not set in stone, so try to negotiate a better deal them. Ask for ongoing promotions or price discounts you can take advantage of.

PICK a good move-out date. Moving during the off-peak moving season should mean a lower moving cost for you. Also, choosing to move out on a weekday in the middle of a month should give you an extra discount from the moving price.

BOOK your move right away. Once you’ve picked a good removal company, book their services ASAP for a chance to get a discount from the moving price for early booking.

GET proper insurance. How do you cut moving costs by purchasing a better level of protection for your valuables? You’d be glad you did get Full Value Protection if something bad happened during the move.

SET a budget. Create a moving budget to supervise your moving expenses and stay in control of your finances.

FOLLOW a moving checklist. That’s easy - save money by saving valuable time because time is money. Create and follow a MOVING CHECKLIST to organize your time perfectly.

DECLUTTER your home. One of the best ways to cut moving costs is to move as few items to the new home as possible. And in order to do that, you need to inventory your entire house and declutter it without delay.

SELL your unwanted stuff. What better way to help your moving budget than to sell the things you won’t ever need again, online or at a moving sale, and pocket the cash?

SAVE money on packing materials. Take advantage of the special offers on our packing materials page.

CONSIDER a DIY move. When moving locally without any specialty items and you know you can rely on your friends, then organising a self-move becomes a viable option.

ASK friends for help. Save money from having to pay for a professional removal team. How? Ask your good friends to give you a hand with packing and all the heavy lifting on Moving day.

MAKE no mistakes. Costly moving mistakes could rob you of the chance to keep moving costs and expenses to a minimum, so don’t make any.

AVOID property damage. The estimated moving cost can increase drastically in the case of property damage. Use proper moving equipment, dress appropriately, and get enough helpers to avoid trouble.

DON’T get scammed. By using our moving cost estimator and calculator, you’ll get accurate cost estimates from legitimate, insured, and pre-screened removal companies that you can trust with your valuables.

BE frugal. Be very frugal! Use as many of the above money-saving tips as possible and think twice before taking out your wallet to pay for something.

USE your common sense. Should you get the funny feeling that you shouldn’t be paying for something during your move, investigate your hunch further to never pay more than you absolutely have to. We comply with the highest standards for privacy protection. Your contact information will be used for estimate purposes only. We will not send you any spam messages, ever!

How to get a free moving quote?

Getting a free price estimate is very easy and quick. All you need to do is use our moving cost calculator and you will be contacted by up to 4 removal companies. So, don’t waste any of your valuable time and get a free moving quote now.

How to find a reliable removal company?

Remember that the price of your home move is not the most important factor when choosing a good removal company.

Too low a price may mean that the removal firm will cut corners to save money, perhaps only employing casual labour, or using inferior quality packing materials.

Equally, a high price does not always indicate a superior removal service.

So once you have received your quotes how do you determine what is a good or bad removal company?

One of the ways to find out if you can entrust a mover with your items is to read customer reviews. When you see how the removal company has handled its previous moves, you will be able to make a fact-based decision. So, choose a reputable removal firm from our exhaustive list and their customer testimonials.

How far in advance do you need to book movers?

You should contact a removal company as early as possible so that you will have time to find a reputable mover. You should usually do that about four to eight weeks before the move-out date. This time period also depends on the type of relocation - local or long distance. So, don’t wait until the last moment and get a free price estimate now.

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