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    • Haggis_Lover
    • By Haggis_Lover 8th May 18, 8:10 PM
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    Removal Costs - Moving from Brighton to Edinburgh
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    • 8th May 18, 8:10 PM
    Removal Costs - Moving from Brighton to Edinburgh 8th May 18 at 8:10 PM
    My family and I are moving from Brighton to Edinburgh in a few weeks and are trying to arrange a removal firm. All the online companies say they can move us for £1,200 to £1,500, however we have had reps from two companies come to see us and they priced the job up at £4,300 and £4,600.

    We are loathe to go with the online companies as we feel they may not turn up on the day, however we think that £4k+ is potentially way too much. We are moving the contents of a 5 bed house to the same up north.

    Does anyone have any experience of such a move or can anyone give us some advice on getting the best deal?

    Thanks for any help
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    • Lunchbox
    • By Lunchbox 8th May 18, 9:36 PM
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    3 years ago I had the contents of a 3 bedroom flat moved 12 miles for just over £800 - the other quotes I had were more than your online quotes. They do seem extremely low.
    • mwarby
    • By mwarby 9th May 18, 5:58 AM
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    I moved a 1 bed flat from Oxford to Edinburgh a couple of years a go a man with van was around £700, 2 men plus van around £900. This was for a luton van
    • julicorn
    • By julicorn 9th May 18, 6:35 AM
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    • 9th May 18, 6:35 AM
    Not quite the same, but a colleague's partner moved from Reading to Brighton with Bearded Bros (they're based in Brighton) for £600 or so. She was very happy with the move, and we've used them before as well and they were great. Might be worth seeing what they would charge to Edinburgh.
    • buglawton
    • By buglawton 9th May 18, 6:49 AM
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    My last move was a DIY one, rented 7.5 tonne van and really useful, a stair climber sack truck that made short work of moving things like fully assembled furniture to the bedrooms. In the past I’ve also used a man and van team to move a household into storage but they weren’t as careful as DIY. However the DIY approach does need borrowed muscles from family/friends.
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 9th May 18, 6:50 AM
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    We moved from Devon to Dorset recently, about 85 miles. We used a family firm that had 5 star reviews and a lot of personal recommendations. It wasn!!!8217;t the cheapest but worth every penny. They did a brilliant job, included extras such as providing large padded covers for things like settees, TVs etc.

    You have a large house and a long move. Use personal recommendations if you can, find a company that is a member of BAR and don!!!8217;t just go for the cheapest.
    • buglawton
    • By buglawton 9th May 18, 6:52 AM
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    Btw OP, if you get a moment could you add your thoughts on ‘Nicest place to live in the UK’ https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5826949 as you’d be speaking from experience!
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th May 18, 6:56 AM
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    You have a large house and a long drive.

    Loading up will probably cost 4 blokes a whole day... then an expensive van, with expensive fuel, has to drive over 450 miles. Drivers have to, by law, stop after X hours' driving.

    They'd then also probably need to cover the cost of secure parking a big wagon and a couple of blokes in a hotel.

    You've then got possibly 2 blokes unloading the van - which will take longer than 4 blokes loading it.

    Then the blokes have to drive all the way home again - and the expensive van is off the road for another whole day.

    It all adds up.
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 9th May 18, 8:28 AM
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    My move from Perth to Birmingham cost around £2500. That was the contents of a 3 bed house (but in 2 locations in Perth, a rental flat and storage)) to a 3 bed house, with some packing done by the movers. Three of them packed on Monday and set off mid-afternoon with two on board, stopped somewhere overnight, arrived on Tuesday morning, unpacked through the day, and headed back to Scotland in the afternoon (I don't know if they has another stop on the way back). For a 5 bed move there would certainly be some additional cost.

    One thing I would suggest is that you contact one or two local companies up north to see if they could do the move at a better price than the nationals and the companies around Brighton. I used Flemings of Rosyth for my last 2 moves and Broughton Removals in Edinburgh for the two before those (over a period of 15 years).
    • dunroving
    • By dunroving 9th May 18, 9:12 AM
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    You didn't mention details like (a) how much packing you/they will do, (b) whether they include insurance, (c) whether there are any awkward arrangements at either end (long driveway, three flights of steps, etc.) All of these can make a difference to the quote.

    I recently got quotes from 6 companies for a move from the Glasgow area to the Midlands. Key aspects of the quotes: (a) awkward set-up at my current house (15 steps; though can set up a ramp from the house to the side of the van); (b) fragile and kitchen pack only; (c) insurance included; (d) 3-BR semi.

    Quotes ranged from £1,700 to £2,922, and one company didn't send a quote.

    Look into Home Removals (formerly flat2flat) - that's who I am going with. They are based in Edinburgh and do a lot of "south to north" moves, where "north" means Scotland. If you Google flat2flat, you will find some complimentary threads about them on MSE.

    I was also impressed with Britannia and they were my second choice.
    (Nearly) dunroving
    • hazyjo
    • By hazyjo 9th May 18, 9:41 AM
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    I'd expect it to cost £2,500 minimum without packing.


    I paid around £1100-1200 for packing and moving around 40 miles. My neighbour/friend moved to Ireland from London and some were quoting an absolute fortune. Cheapest was (I think) £5/6k. They ended up doing it themselves (mad - 2 young kids and a dog!).
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    • pinkteapot
    • By pinkteapot 9th May 18, 2:01 PM
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    Agree with everyone else - the online quotes sound very low!

    Try smaller local companies (at either end) rather than the nationals - eg Pickfords are hideously expensive. If you can get a recommendation, great, but it's a bit easier these days as so may companies have online reviews. Take with a slight pinch of salt, but it's hard to fake large numbers of them.

    Just to add from personal experience - can highly recommend having the removers do the packing for you, especially with a larger house. Added little to our price (relatively) and we could live in normality till the day before the move. A team swarmed through the day before completion and packed everything (in a four bed house) in just over half a day. We would have spent a miserable few weeks living amid boxes! Cost a few hundred quid but of the thousands spent on that move (solicitor, EA, mortgage fees, remover...), it was the best-spent money of the lot!
    • westernpromise
    • By westernpromise 9th May 18, 2:21 PM
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    My family and I are moving from Brighton to Edinburgh in a few weeks and are trying to arrange a removal firm. All the online companies say they can move us for £1,200 to £1,500, however we have had reps from two companies come to see us and they priced the job up at £4,300 and £4,600.

    We are loathe to go with the online companies as we feel they may not turn up on the day, however we think that £4k+ is potentially way too much. We are moving the contents of a 5 bed house to the same up north.

    Does anyone have any experience of such a move or can anyone give us some advice on getting the best deal?

    Thanks for any help
    Originally posted by Haggis_Lover
    Sounds about right. For moving from a 4-bed to a 4-bed within London we've usually been charged about £2,500. Moving to Scotland is obviously going to cost more.

    For one thing there's the armed escort and of course insuring against polar bears or woad-painted locals attacking the wagon train doesn't come cheap either, although in the latter case there'll be less left to unpack.
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    • GaleSF63
    • By GaleSF63 10th May 18, 12:39 PM
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    For one thing there's the armed escort and of course insuring against polar bears or woad-painted locals attacking the wagon train doesn't come cheap either, although in the latter case there'll be less left to unpack.
    Originally posted by westernpromise

    I didn't realise the M25 was that bad...

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    • Pixie5740
    • By Pixie5740 10th May 18, 1:30 PM
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    Sometimes you get a low quote because the movers already have a move booked in going the opposite way and they're looking for a paying return journey. A friend of mine recently moved from Aberdeen to the Deep South (Surrey) and found the same as you, some quotes seemed very low whilst others were astronomical. She went for a low offer, the company had all the insurance certificates etc, and it was the case that they were looking to earn some money during a return trip back to the Deep South.
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