Cost of Removal Companies Guide
If you’re looking for removal companies, London prices are probably putting you off. With Dex Removals, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how cost effective your move can be. We’ll even start you off for free, with a no-obligation quote.
Let’s talk figures
At the moment, research suggests that moving from a three bedroom house will cost between £400 and £1,000, depending on your requirements, such as packing or specialist items, which can add a few hundred pounds to your bill.
Average House Removal Costs
One bedroom flat/house – £59 to £250
Two bedrooms flat/house – £150 to £400
Three bedroom flat/house – £400 to £680
Four bedroom flat/house – £560 to £750
If you’re looking into having some storage time, perhaps as a result of a delay between your house selling and your new house being ready, you’ll be looking at about £150 per month for the contents of a three bedroom house.
When you’re thinking about removal company costs, you need to think like a removal company. Do a tour of your house, and look for bulky items – beds, wardrobes and other large or heavy items. These items will take up a lot of space in your removal lorry, and a bigger lorry will mean a higher cost. Identify delicate items like art work, musical instruments and antiques, which might need special packing crates. If you’re planning to ask for a packing service, look for items you’ll want to be packed. If you can minimise those by decluttering, that’s fewer man hours to pay for.
The cost of removal companies can also be affected by the distance you’re moving. Any vehicle will need fuel, and a long distance move may need your removal crew to have an overnight stay somewhere.
If you can time your move to avoid peak times (weekends, summer or school holidays), you’ll also save money. High demand will increase prices.
How can I save money?
Start well before you move. Collect strong cardboard boxes when you visit the supermarket, and save any bubble wrap or packaging material from parcels you receive.
If you’re paying for a packing service, and you’ve finished decluttering, get wrapping and packing your pieces yourself. If you’re prepared to save your removal team time, say so at quote time.
The best way to get an accurate quote is to invite your removals company to your home so that they can see exactly what’s going into a removal lorry. Some will charge for this service, but not Dex Removals – take advantage of our free, no-obligation quote, and start saving money right away. If you’re looking into removals, London has to be one of the most expensive places in the world. Dex Removals can make it happen, whatever your budget.
Moving House Tips
Are you Moving House ? Here are 9 must-know pieces of information to help make the process as easy as possible!
1) Let all of your service providers know that you’re moving. Phone your bank, building society, telephone and internet providers, council, employers and children’s schools in order to make sure you don’t miss out on any important information.
2) Similarly make sure to redirect your post, especially if you don’t know the person moving into your old home. Royal Mail offer a personal mail redirection service, simply sign up on their website to ensure you don’t miss any important letters.
3) If you get any correspondence for the previous owners of your new house then mark it ‘return to sender’ and put it back in the post, that way you won’t have to deal with months of junk mail.
4) Take gas and electric meter readings as soon as you arrive. Nobody wants to be charged for the usage of the previous owner.
5) At the same time why not check your energy providers to make sure you are getting the best possible deal? Often you will be able to save money immediately by switching from a standard tariff to something more appropriate for your usage.
6) Check your house is the correct council tax band. Hundreds of thousands of homes are valued incorrectly and you could save hundreds of pounds by using this government site to make sure you’re not overpaying.
7) Prepare a fact file for those moving into your old home and request that one is provided for the home you move into. This should contain basic information such as the dates and times of rubbish collection and postal deliveries and details of local doctors and services as well as information on the heating system and the location of the water stopcock.
8) Avoid any awkward incidents by making sure you’re familiar with any security systems, especially the code for the burglar alarm. Nobody wants a welcome visit from the local police!
9) As soon as you get a chance introduce yourself to the neighbours. It is much better to break the ice quickly than to wait for weeks and they are likely to be a good source of advice and local knowledge.
Rent to Buy Scheme | What is it and how can it help you?
First-time buyers continue to struggle to get on the property ladder because they can’t afford the cash deposit. However, under a new Rent to Buy Scheme, they are guaranteed seven years of fixed subsidised rent giving them time to save for a deposit.
What is the Rent to Buy Scheme
Rent to Buy is a £400 million programme launched by the government amid mounting concerns over how long it takes young people to raise the deposit for their first home. The aim is to allow aspiring homeowners to rent new homes at a discounted rate, save for a deposit and then buy the home they’ve been renting, or a different home, later on.
How will it work?
* Between January 2015 and March 21 2017, housing associations and social landlords will bid for a share of £400 million to build 10,000 new homes for young workers. As an incentive, the landlords will have up to 16 years to pay back the low-cost loans
* Most of the properties will be one or two bedroom houses and apartments
* Half of the loans are earmarked for London and the other half for the rest of England
* Young people can rent these properties at a fixed rent 20% below the market value for seven years; then have an opportunity to buy the home
* At the end of the seven years, they don’t have to buy that property if they don’t want to; they can move out and buy a different property, or rent another property
Who is eligible?
The scheme is aimed at hardworking people who can’t get a mortgage because they are finding it impossible to raise the cash deposit, rather than those on benefit. The scheme is available to:
* First-time buyers
* People who once owned a home, but are can’t afford to buy one now on the open market
* Households earning no more than £66,000 a year combined (or £64,300 for homes in London). A household could be a single person earning £33,000 a year or less or a couple or two friends
* People with a good credit history
Are there any pitfalls?
* The scheme may give young people a springboard onto the property ladder. However, the long period of rental may mean that if house prices rise during that time, they may still be too expensive to buy. If tenants can’t afford to buy at the end of the seven-year period, they could buy a part of the property under a Shared Ownership Scheme if that is offered
* Housing associations and other landlords who make successful bids for a share of the £400 million low cost loan pot will set their own eligibility criteria for tenants. This may mean them giving priority to existing housing association tenants and council tenants.
Landlords are bidding for loans and building properties as this article goes to print, so keep looking out for more information. If you are moving house hold contents into your new property and looking for removals company let us provide you hassle free removals experience.