Moving to a new location will always entail a certain amount of expense – whether you are doing it yourself and are simply hiring a van, or relying on the services of a professional removal company. But if you are planning to enlist the services of a removal firm which is fully qualified to undertake your moving project from beginning to end, you should be prepared to shell out a good amount.

However, if you are reluctant to spend too much on your move, just think about the value of your goods and belongings – if, for any reason, they become damaged, you would want to know that they are covered by a good insurance policy, which can only be offered to you by a good removal company. Spending a bit more on having your items properly covered is always better for your peace of mind as well.

Keep in mind, though, that there are certain factors which may also have an effect on the overall cost of your move. These factors include the following:

The amount of stuff you have

It follows that the more items you have, the more volume there is in all your goods, and the more vehicles you may require. Also, if you have more items, you may need a bigger crew to pack them, transport them, and unload them. What you can do if you are concerned about having too many items is to sort through all your items and decide which ones are no longer needed. You can then dispose of these items before the move by giving them away to charity or even selling them online or at a car boot sale.

The professionalism of the removal firm and its crew

Of course, if you want a moving experience that is less likely to cause you any headaches or hassles, then you also have to consider the professionalism and experience of the removal firm you choose. The better-equipped the removal firm is, the more you can expect to pay, though not by much compared to one-man removal firms. Plus, you have the added security of knowing that your items will be properly packed and unloaded.

The distance of travel

If you are simply moving to another street in the same city, then the transportation costs of your move will not amount to much. However, if you are planning to move to another city or even country, then you can expect your moving costs to go up, as you have to contend with the cost of fuel and other incidental costs, such as the crew’s food, accommodation, and the like. For instance, if you are living or have a business in Gloucester and are planning to move to Cheltenham, then fuel costs will not be very substantial, especially if you enlist the services of a Gloucester-based removals specialist like It is also important to note that in the UK, long distance moves have an additional requirement: drivers need to have a 45-minute break once every four and a half hours.

Special items

The overall cost of your move will also be affected if you are planning to move high-value or special items such as artwork, pianos, and other bulky or heavy items. These types of items need special care and attention, especially when it comes to packing and transport, and you should expect an additional fee for these as well.

Other factors which affect pricing

There are also other factors which may affect the cost of your move, such as whether you want the move to be done as quickly as possible (thereby requiring a bigger crew), and if you are planning to move during the peak season, which is during weekends, during the summer, or during school holidays.

By Eddy

Eddy is the editorial columnist in Business Fundas, and oversees partner relationships. He posts articles of partners on various topics related to strategy, marketing, supply chain, technology management, social media, e-business, finance, economics and operations management. The articles posted are copyrighted under a Creative Commons unported license 4.0. To contact him, please direct your emails to [email protected].