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16 December 2013
The Hidden Costs of your SW11 House Removals
The Hidden Costs of your SW11 House Removals

We all want to save money wherever possible, and moving home is no exception. There will be a lot to think about and much planning to be done when a relocation out of your SW11 home is underway, and costs can quickly mount up. There are a few things you can do to make sure costs stay within affordable boundaries, however, ranging from easy tips you can follow when packing to considering your SW11 removal options carefully. Below are some of the areas where costs can quickly pile up, and some cheaper alternatives that can be used instead.


You might find when researching a removal company SW11 that they also provide various packing supplies, from boxes and specialist containers to professional packers that will come to your home and pack for you. Initially, this may seem like a very convenient option, as you can save yourself the fuss of packing and concentrate on other areas of your relocation. However, this is one of the areas that can cause moving expenses to rise considerably. If you’re on a tight budget, then there are alternatives you can use that will cost you next to nothing.

To begin with, collect up all the old boxes you have around the house, especially any that you received while purchasing appliances etc, as these are very useful. As long as the boxes you have are not tattered beyond repair, then they can be used. If you have thrown out most of your old boxes, then don’t worry – a simple trip to an SW11 grocer that is located locally can be a great source of boxes for moving home. Most shops are normally happy to give these away for free too, so you won’t need to spend anything. For things like moving tape and a Stanley knife, these can be picked up for a minimal investment, and will be useful to have around the house for general DIY anyway.

Specialist containers, such as glassware cells, often seem like the best choice, but for any very delicate glasses, the chances are you have the box you bought them in handy, and probably keep them out of harms way until a special occasion arises. If you don’t have the original box, then using lots of scrap paper (or bubble wrap if you have any) to make sure the glasses are well protected and not able to move in the box will serve just as well. This method can be applied to when packing most forms of valuables and will cost you next to nothing.

Removal companies and a man and van

You will have a lot of choice when it comes to choosing removal companies in the SW11 area, so use this to your advantage. Get at least 3 or 4 quotes from companies you think will be best for you, and try to take advantage of any special offers that might be running. Be aware though, that removal companies can get expensive fast. If you choose to move on less popular days like in the week, you might be able to save some money on rates. Also, consider whether you really need a fully fledged removal company. You will be charged by the day, generally speaking, so if you are relocating to another area in London from SW11, then you may save a lot of money by hiring a man and van instead. They normally have decent sized removal vehicles, and will only charge you by the hour, offering a cheaper and more flexible alternative to a removal company. When booking any service, make sure you are clear about your requirements and what you expect from your company/man with a van. This can help highlight any hidden charges in the estimate, and allow you to make a better and more informed financial decision.

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