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How much does it cost to move to London in 2024?

How much does it cost to move to London in 2024?

Are you considering making the move to London from abroad? One of the critical aspects to plan for is the cost associated with moving your belongings. Understanding the average removal costs can help you budget and prepare for this significant transition. In this article, we’ll delve into the typical expenses you can expect when relocating to London.

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Understanding Removal Costs:

  1. Distance and Volume:
    The distance your belongings need to travel and the volume of items you’re transporting are primary factors influencing removal costs. Moving from abroad typically involves longer distances and higher volumes compared to local moves, resulting in increased expenses.
  2. Transportation Mode:
    Removal companies offer various transportation options, such as shipping containers, air freight, or land transport. Each mode comes with its own pricing structure, with air freight generally being the most expensive due to its speed and convenience.
  3. Additional Services:
    Many removal companies offer additional services, such as packing, unpacking, furniture disassembly/reassembly, and storage. These services can significantly impact the overall cost but may also provide convenience and peace of mind.

Average Removal Costs:

Based on industry averages and market trends, here’s a breakdown of the typical removal costs for moving from abroad to London.

Country of Origin 1 Bed Home 2 Bed Home 3 Bed Home 4 Bed Home 5 Bed Home
South America £5000-£6000 £6000-£7000 £8000-£10,000 £10,000-£12,000 £13,000-£15,000
USA £5000-£6000 £6000-£7000 £8000-£10,000 £10,000-£12,000 £13,000-£15,000
Australia £7000-£8000 £8000-£9000 £9000-£10,000 £11,000-£12,000 £14,000-£16,000
Africa £5000-£6000 £6000-£7000 £8000-£10,000 £10,000-£12,000 £13,000-£15,000
Asia (Singapore / Malaysia / India) £5000-£6000 £7000-£8000 £8000-£10,000 £11,000-£12,000 £13,000-£15,000
Dubai and Emirates Countries £5000-£6000 £6000-£7000 £8000-£10,000 £10,000-£12,000 £13,000-£15,000
Europe £4000-£5000 £6000-£8000 £8000-£10,000 £9000-£12,000 £10,000-£16,000

Tips to Reduce Costs:

  • Declutter: Before the move, assess your belongings and consider selling or donating items you no longer need. This can reduce the volume of your shipment and lower removal costs.
  • Plan Ahead: Booking your removal company well in advance can sometimes result in discounted rates. Compare quotes from multiple companies to find the best deal.
  • Pack Yourself: If budget is a concern, opt to pack your belongings yourself rather than paying for packing services. However, ensure proper packing materials and techniques to avoid damage during transit.

Average Removal Times

We’ve included details below of the average time it can take to arrange for your belongings to be moved to London:

Country of Origin Door to door time frame for exclusive containers,
2 bedroom and over
USA – East Coast 6 – 8 weeks
USA – West Coast 8 – 22 weeks
Australia 8 – 12 weeks
South Africa 6 – 8 weeks
Africa  – East/West Coast 8 – 12 weeks
Dubai and Emirates Countries 4 – 6 weeks
Europe Dedicated journey, delivery same week
Part load 2 – 6 weeks


Moving from abroad to London is an exciting journey, but it comes with its share of logistical challenges, including removal costs. By understanding the average expenses involved and planning accordingly, you can ensure a smoother transition to your new home in the vibrant city of London.Remember to research reputable removal companies, read customer reviews, and communicate your requirements clearly to ensure a stress-free moving experience.For ultimate peace of mind with your move, click here to find out how Simply London can take care of all your moving arrangements for you with our fantastic move coordination service.

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