There is no hard and fast rule because everyone’s situation is different, but generally speaking, book removals about four to six weeks before your ideal moving date.
The earlier your book, the more time you’ll have to compare quotes, read reviews and find a trustworthy removal company that best meets your needs. You’ll also have more chance of being able to move on your preferred date. School holidays and weekends get booked up fast, so if you need to move at these times, you will want to book as early as possible to snap them up.
If you’re buying, it’s a good idea to book your removals as soon as possible after you have exchanged contracts on the property. At this stage you’ll have a moving date confirmed, and are legally committed to the purchase, meaning plans are unlikely to change.
But it’s never too early to start researching removal companies, and you can also get a provisional quote before you have a firm completion date, as long as you know roughly where you’ll be moving to, and how much you need to move.
Some companies will even allow you to book for a provisional date to be confirmed later, which can be handy if you are still waiting for a moving date to be confirmed by all parties within a property transaction.
When to book removals: other considerations
Moving house is a common reason for using storage services, whether it’s because you’re downsizing, moving to temporary accommodation or simply because relocating all your furniture and possessions is impractical or logistically impossible.
If you need storage, it’s good to get this organised early. Not only will it create more efficient packing, but it increases the likelihood of securing a removal company that offers storage services too.
Using a single company for all your storage, packing and moving needs will streamline the whole process, saving you time, stress and money along the way.
If you want professional packing services, it’s best to book your removal company as early as possible, to make sure they have availability on as many days as are required to pack up all your belongings. This is especially important if you have booked fragile packing or specialist packing services, which can take longer than standard packing.
If you are moving across a large distance or internationally, remember that the move will take longer. Journey time will increase and there may even be overnight stays involved. So try to book as early as possible to be sure that your top choice company is available.