8 Best Cheap Moving Companies In London

If you’re moving to London, or maybe you’re moving house in the city, it pays to find cheap moving companies in London that do a great job. If you don’t have your own form of transport, you really don’t want to have to rely on public transport or a car rental to move house!

When you’re moving from a large home with furniture, you’ll need specialist movers (and perhaps even a packing service). But, if you are moving from a furnished house share to another furnished house share, you may want a smaller, more economical choice. We’ve got both options covered in this list of the best movers, so that you know that your possessions are in safe hands, at a great price too.

How to make sure a cheap quote is legit

A good value moving company should be high on your moving checklist. But does your cheap moving company quote look too good to be true? It might be. Here’s what to look out for to make sure that your moving company of choice is legitimate.

Documentation

Make sure that your removal company have adequate insurance policies to ensure that your possessions are covered in the event of a worst-case-scenario. You should never use a company that isn’t insured.

So what type of insurance should removal firms have? Public Liability Insurance and Goods In Transit insurance are policies that all movers should have. These policies make sure that your possessions are covered during the moving process.

What’s included in the quote?

Go through the quote with a fine toothcomb to make sure that everything that you need is included in the quote. For example, if you’re moving to a first floor flat- do you need the movers to move everything up the stairs for you? Some quotes will only be for the actual transit of goods rather than any lifting or carrying.

Do you need the movers to pack or unpack for you? Or perhaps you need furniture to be disassembled? These are all things to check for in your quotes to make sure that you’re getting the best deal. For example, if one quote is slightly more expensive, but also includes moving furniture into the house and into the rooms? It might be a better deal.

Reviews and ratings

Aside from checking for insurance, the best thing that you can do is to check reviews, ratings and testimonials from previous clients. Trustpilot is a great place for this.

Feedback is more telling than anything else you’ll find on a firm’s website. If there are several low reviews, it’s a good idea to give the company a miss, even if they have a great offer.

How to get a cheaper removals quote

The costs of moving to London can be huge if you don’t keep tabs on your expenses. But did you know that depending on location, time of day, and time of the week, removals quotes can vary wildly? Let’s take a look at some of the biggest factors that influence the cost of moving, and how you can bring it down and save some money.

Timing is everything

Did you know that the time of year, and the day of the week can influence the cost of moving? When demand is higher, prices are higher. In London, demand is high during the summer, particularly in August (no doubt due to the fact that schools start in September).

That means that if you can afford to take a day off work, or you can arrange to move during an ‘off peak’ month like December or January, your quote could be much less than at other peak times of the year.

Location, location

It might sound obvious, but the distance between your current home and your new home can have a big impact on your moving costs. The further the distance, the more expensive. The primary reason for this is due to the fuel costs for the removal van. Plus, the actual length of time taken to complete the move by the removals company.

How to save money on your move

There’s a few things you can do a month or two before you move, to make sure you save money where possible. You’ll often find that if you leave things to the last minute, you end up spending more money out of convenience…

Get rid of stuff

Decluttering before your house move can be a great way to reduce the cost of your move. After all, less stuff equals less packing, reduced space, and reduced time.

Whether it’s clothes, kitchen appliances, toys, or furniture, why not challenge yourself to get rid of 100 things before your move? You’ll be sure to reap the benefits.

Don’t be one of those people who have untouched cardboard boxes full of unwanted stuff in the attic, years after moving house!

Organise in advance

If you can pack up your own stuff, this is a huge cost saving. Try and find free cardboard boxes on places like Olio or Facebook Marketplace to avoid having to pay for packing materials. Use your own blankets, duvets and other items to help cushion more fragile possessions, and keep hold of your newspapers!

Disassemble furniture

Movers will charge you for disassembly of furniture, which all adds to the overall cost. If you can disassemble tables, beds, and other items of furniture, you’ll make a saving. Be smart though, and make sure you save up any screws and label them in individual bags to avoid confusion later down the line.

Cheap removal companies in London

1. Compare My Move

Who knew there was a price comparison website for removal companies? Compare My Move will give you up to six removals options so that you can find the best price and the best company for the job.

According to their data, the average cost of a removal company in London is £1,547. The average for the whole of the UK is £937. A pretty big difference! That means that it’s more important than ever to get a cheap deal where possible.

The downside of quotes from Compare My Move, is that you’re not provided with any instant quotes. Instead, the (up to) six removals firms are given your details in order to contact you. It’s a little bit more work involved, but being contacted by the individual removal firms means there could be scope for negotiation.

The quotes I received from the providers listed by Compare My Move varied from £170 to £280! They weren’t the cheapest moving company compared to other ‘man and a van’ style services on this list.

2. AnyVan

AnyVan is a great option to find ‘man and a van’ type removal services in London. It’s the perfect option for smaller moves, and ideal for those who are moving between furnished accommodation.

When researching for this post on cheap moving companies in London, I asked for some quotes from AnyVan. I stipulated that I wanted to move from a third floor, one bedroom flat in Chiswick, to a third floor, one bedroom flat in Dulwich Village. The costs ranged from £112-118 (and £260 for same day removals).

The price included loading and unloading, with no additional extras. Ideal for anyone who doesn’t have furniture to move! And possibly even cheaper than hiring a van and driving yourself.

3. CityVan

Similar to AnyVan, CityVan is another ‘man and a van’ removals service based in London. Their pricing is pretty transparent, and they’ve been in business for over 15 years.

To check their prices, I again asked for a quote for a move from a third floor, one bedroom flat in Chiswick, to a third floor, one bedroom flat in Dulwich Village. I stated that there was a small amount of furniture (desk, desk chair, TV), but that the rest of the move would be personal possessions like clothing, books, kitchen crockery, etc.

The cost that was quoted with 1 man loading was £100 (with a 2 hour time frame) or for 2 men loading, the price was £140 (again, with a 2 hour time frame).

4. Addison Lee Van Hire

If you don’t want to concern yourself with removals companies, and you don’t have much stuff to move, you could consider Addison Lee Van Hire. It’s perfect if you don’t have a driving license to hire and drive a van yourself.

Addison Lee have a van courier option. You’ll be limited by the amount you can get into the vehicle, and you’ll need to consider any heavy lifting, but it could be a great lower-cost option for someone who doesn’t own a lot of stuff.

The prices can vary quite a lot between locations and the duration of the journey. You’ll be quoted a price before booking online, so you can see straight away if the price is suitable. At the time of researching, a large van courier between Chiswick and Dulwich Village is quoted at £103 for a same-day booking.



5. The Man Van

Again The Man Van is a ‘man with a van’ offering rather than a bespoke removals company, but it sure is a more affordable way to move house in London. The Man Van has over 300 reviews, and has a 5 star rating on Google. That’s what we like to see!

I once again asked for a quote for a move from a third floor, one bedroom flat in Chiswick, to a third floor, one bedroom flat in Dulwich Village. I stated that there was a small amount of furniture (desk, desk chair, TV), but that the rest of the move would be personal possessions like clothing, books and kitchen crockery. The request also included the fact that I would require a medium sized van with one helper.

The Man Van quoted the move at £80, for two hours with one helper. Out of this list of the best cheap moving companies in London, this one is the cheapest!

6. Get A Mover

Get A Mover, like Compare My Move is a price comparison style website where you can get quotes from multiple businesses in order to find the best deal for your needs. Similarly, they also provide you with up to six quotes from different moving companies.

When I input my details (the same Chiswick to Dulwich Village move I described earlier), from a furnished accommodation to another furnished accommodation, Get A Mover returned two different options.

The two companies that quoted for this move were priced at £100 (for two hours, with a man and a transit van).

7. Budget Removals London

Budget Removals London is a highly rated (4.9 stars on Google) removals company. They are also verified on CheckATrade, with a 10/10 rating.

The clue is in their name. They offer budget removals, which is great news for anyone looking for a good value removal company in London.

However, when I put through my request, they estimated that the job would take 4 hours, at a total cost of £550. This is twice as long as other estimates, and the price is much higher. However, that may be due to the fact they are a fully fledged removals company rather than a ‘man and a van’ style service.

In my opinion, it’s more cost effective to hire a ‘man and a van’ rather than a removals company if you’re doing a small move without much furniture. However, a removals company is likely to be more suitable for a larger-scale move.

8. Elephant Removals

Elephant Removals is a professional London based removal company with a 4.6 star Google rating. They are well versed in heavy lifting, packing, and handling fragile items. So if you have lots of furniture that needs taking care of, they could be a good option for you.

I input my request for a move from Chiswick to Dulwich Village (moving from a furnished third floor one bedroom flat, to another furnished one bedroom flat). The quote that was returned was £120 for two hours with one helper. This is pretty much in line with the other cheap moving companies in London that we have researched in this post.

Home storage options

If you are moving house and you need some cheap storage in London to store some of your furniture and possessions, I would recommend easyStorage. The clue is in the name (they form part of the easyJet family). The brand offer affordable storage in London, where pick up and drop off is included in the cost.

easyStorage claim that they are 50% cheaper than other storage providers (which totally fits in with the “easy” brand). They store your belongings in easyPods. Each pod is 35 sq.ft, and the team will come to your door with the pod, load it up, seal it with a security seal, and take it away to be stored at a secure easyStorage warehouse. It’s ideal for anyone who needs to store their stuff between moves.



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