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best removals companies in london 2024

The Best Removals Companies in London [2024]

Manny Sahmbi March 3, 2024

Updated: June 29th, 2024

This guide walks you through the steps involved when vetting and ultimately choosing the best removals company for your move. Now we appreciate that there is an obvious bias with us being in the removals space ourselves, and yes to save you from scrolling, we are (in our humble opinion) one of the best options available in the London area.

This article allows us to explain exactly why we believe this – think of it as a mini elevator pitch! We’ve reviewed ourselves and our competitors using the exact same criteria to ensure fairness, and we openly admit when other companies are doing great work! 

Here’s our grading criteria:

  • Pricing Options
  • Services Offered
  • Locations Covered
  • Reviews and Case Studies
  • Certifications and Insurance Coverage

These are our top picks for the best movers in London:

Behind the scenes we have reviewed around 50 different moving companies in London and these 3 are the best of the bunch (in our view)! Now we would love it if you decided that Happy2Move is the right choice for you, although you wouldn’t be in bad hands with Aussie Removals or Fantastic Removals (not the best hands, but not bad by a long shot). 

Let’s Compare The Best Movers in London

Happy2Move Overview

Happy2Move has been a trusted name in the removals industry since 2012, known for our professionalism, reliability, and friendly service. With a wealth of experience in the moving business, we have consistently kept our customers satisfied.

How do we do it? By offering affordable and reliable removals, man with a van, packing and storage services in London and beyond. We offer our services in the capital, wider UK, and Overseas. We’re also open 7 days a week in case you were wondering. 

Aussie Man and Van Overview

Starting from humble beginnings with just one van and a lot of ambition back in 2001, Aussie Man and Van have grown to become one of the top removal companies in London. They put this success down to their commitment to top-notch customer service and a can-do spirit.

They pride themselves on being approachable and reliable, and always ready to tackle any job, big or small. It’s clear they’ve tapped into what people really need when it comes to moving around London. 

Fantastic Removals Overview

Fantastic Removals has established itself as a key player in the removals and storage service industry, aiming to simplify the relocation process for its clients. They focus on providing stress-free experiences by tailoring their services to individual needs, which includes packing, furniture assembly, and bespoke storage solutions. Their commitment to innovation, customer satisfaction, and a comprehensive service portfolio is backed by a team of dedicated professionals. 

Pricing Options Comparison

At Happy2Move (from a review of the websites) we offer the most affordable prices, starting at £55ph. Fantastic Removals offer their removal services from £62 per hour. Aussie Man and Van doesn’t list their hourly rates openly on their website, focusing instead on tailored quotes. While we offer bespoke quotes at Happy2Move, we also appreciate the convenience of having a ballpark figure to start with!

Comparison Table

Happy2Move Fantastic Removals Aussie Man and Van
Prices starting from £55ph Prices starting from £62ph Prices not shared on the website.

Services Offered Comparison

Aussie Man and Van offers Removals, Man and Van, Storage, Packing, Cleaning, and Decorating. This gives them the largest range of services out of the three options! The bulk of their business seemingly comes from Removals.

Fantastic Removals is part of a wider company called Fantastic Services. The parent company offers services across many different industries. As far as Fantastic Removals goes, the core services offered are Removals, Man and Van, Storage, Packing, and Materials.

Happy2Move provides Commercial and Domestic Removals, Man and Van Services, Short-term and Long-term storage options, End-to-end packing services, and Packing materials. While a smaller range than Aussie Man and Van, we pride ourselves on providing an expert service in each of these categories.

Happy2Move Fantastic Removals Aussie Man and Van
  • Removals
  • Man and Van
  • Storage
  • Packing
  • Packing Materials
  • Removals
  • Man and Van
  • Storage
  • Packing
  • Cleaning
  • Decorating

Locations Covered Comparison

All three companies, Aussie Man and Van, Fantastic Removals, and Happy2Move, offer moving services around London, across the UK, and internationally. 

Aussie Man and Van expands its reach through the Master Removers Group, collaborating with global partners, which means sometimes the service might not be theirs directly. 

Meanwhile, Fantastic Removals and Happy2Move handle their international moves in-house, giving you the reassurance of knowing exactly who’s taking care of your move, every step of the way.

Comparison Table

Happy2Move Fantastic Removals Aussie Man and Van
  • London Removals
  • Wider UK Removals
  • Europe and International Removals
  • London Removals
  • Wider UK Removals
  • Europe and International Removals
  • London Removals
  • Wider UK Removals
  • Europe and International Removals (managed by partner companies)

Reviews and Case Studies Comparison

There are various review platforms, which can make the decision process overwhelming at times! For consistency, we’ve only looked at Google Reviews for this portion of the comparison – focusing on the main locations each company operates in. All three have a 4+ star average rating – it’s clear that customers appreciate what they’re doing.
Fantastic Removals has an average rating of 4.1 stars from 333 reviews:

FR Reviews

Aussie Man and Van has an average rating of 4.8 stars from 1300 reviews:

AM reviews

Happy2Move has an average rating of 4.8 stars from 127 reviews:

H2M Reviews

Comparison Table

Happy2Move Fantastic Removals Aussie Man and Van
  • 4.8 stars
  • 4.1 stars
  • 4.8 stars

Certifications and Insurance Coverage Comparison

All three companies come with full insurance, giving you peace of mind that they can safely deliver the services they offer. This is an important detail to look into before you decide on the right removals company for your move.

When it comes to professional affiliations and partnerships, Happy2Move makes it easy by providing clear links at the bottom of their site. For the other two, this information might take a bit more digging to find – we’ve included everything we could find.

Comparison Table

Happy2Move Fantastic Removals Aussie Man and Van
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Goods in Transit Insurance
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Goods in Transit Insurance
  • Master Remover Group Member
  • British Association of Removers Member

What’s the verdict?

Happy2Move, Aussie Man and Van, and Fantastic Removals all stand out as leading removal companies in London. However, for the dramatic impact of this article, there can only be one at the top of the pack… Our number one pick has to be ourselves, Happy2Move. 

We hope the information we’ve provided leads you to the same conclusion. Happy2Move  has the best prices, great reviews, a broad range of services, national/international coverage, comprehensive insurance, and a wide list of professional memberships.

Elevator pitch and full pitch well and truly provided. So what do you think? If our approach resonates, then you can reach out to our team, or request a tailored, obligation-free quote. Let’s make your next move your best move!

Frequently Asked Questions

Hiring a removals company vs moving house yourself

Deciding between hiring a removals company and moving house yourself comes down to balancing cost, convenience, and the complexity of your move. Hiring a professional removals company can significantly reduce the stress and physical effort involved.

They bring expertise, equipment, and insurance to ensure your belongings are safely transported. In contrast, moving yourself can be more budget-friendly but requires more planning, physical work, and risks, especially with valuable or heavy items. Consider your budget, time constraints, and the scale of your move before making a decision. 

How to get quotes from removals companies

To get quotes from removals companies, start by researching reputable companies in your area. Most firms offer online quote forms where you can detail your move’s specifics, such as moving date, property sizes, and the distance between locations.

Be as detailed as possible to ensure the quote is accurate. It’s also wise to request an in-home survey for a more precise estimate. Comparing quotes from several companies will help you find the best service for your needs and budget. To get a free and bespoke quote from Happy2Move, simply submit a request through the form.

How to brief a removals company

Briefing a removals company effectively requires clear communication about your expectations, the specifics of your move, and any special requirements. Provide detailed information about both the current and new properties, including access issues, stairs, or narrow doorways that could affect the move.

List all items to be moved, pointing out any that are particularly heavy, valuable, or fragile. Discuss your preferred moving date, insurance coverage, and any additional services you might need, such as packing or storage. A comprehensive brief helps ensure a smooth move. Our expert team can help you through each step. If there is anything you’re unsure about – just give us a call 020 3691 0347.

What is the average cost of removals in London?

The average cost of removals in London can vary widely based on several factors, including the size of your home, the distance to your new property, and the level of service required (e.g., packing and unpacking services).

On average, moving costs for a two-bedroom house can range from £400 to £700 for a local move. For larger homes or moves that involve greater distances, costs can escalate to £1,000 or more. It’s always best to get multiple quotes to gauge the market rate for your specific moving needs. Remember, these figures are indicative and can fluctuate based on the market and your unique requirements.

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