UK Removals

Removals, Storage & Shipping since 1973

Moving house and unsure how you are going to move all of your belongings?  Whether you just need the help of our removals team with transporting your belongings between houses or you also need us to pack up your house, the team at Hackworthy can give you the help you need. Hackworthy & Sons is a ‘Which? Trusted Trader’ and our specialist UK Removals service has been designed to help you through every step of the moving process. 

From our experience, we understand that moving house is one of the most stressful times in our lives, that’s why we want to make it easy and relaxing for you. We are the largest removals company in the South West, with our headquarters being based in Plymouth and remote bases in Exeter and Truro, the extensive knowledge in our team, of moving within this area can match any other nationwide removals company. 

Life doesn’t stop when you’re moving house and UK Removal services like ours streamline the moving process so you can focus on everything else.

The Hackworthy & Sons UK Removals team are trained to manage heavy weights and awkward sizes, so all you’d need to do is let us know where you want things to be put. 

Our advisors will be on hand to support you through the entire process and we have a range of extra services available, including storage solutions and help with packing and unpacking

An additional layer of security when using a UK removals company is the benefit of having your belongings insured. We offer our customer a bespoke policy to cover their belongings during the moving process.

Our removals don't stop there though, we can also help with international removals as well as european removals and business removals.

What you can expect from us

  • Professionally trained uniformed crew
  • Estimates in writing, including an explanation of all the charges
  • Fully equipped fleet of vans
  • Experienced staff on hand to give you advice at any stage of the process by phone, email, or appointment


While most of our clients start off thinking they’ll pack everything themselves, packing can be a much bigger job than most people realise. It’s easy to underestimate how long you need to set aside to get ready for your move. For example, if you’ve got a three bedroom property, you’re likely to need around 40 packing boxes. If it takes you on average 20 minutes to pack a box, you could spend at least 14 hours packing.

If you’d like help with your packing, why not talk it through with our estimator when they visit you, or give us a call? We’ll be happy to discuss all the options. Whatever your needs, we’ll do our best to find the perfect solution for you. We’ve also included some of our top packing tips here.


Container storage

If you need storage for your belongings (but don’t need access to them), conventional container storage is a good option. We’ll send a vehicle to your home and load your belongings into containers. They’ll be sealed and returned to our warehouse where they’ll be kept safe and secure in a clean, dry environment. Once you’re ready to have them back, all you need to do is let us know and we’ll get them transported to your new home.

The number of containers you’ll need depends on how much you have to store. Each container has a capacity of 250 cubic feet. As a rough guide, if you’ve got a one bedroom property you might need two or three containers. For a four bedroom house, you’ll probably need six or seven.

To give you an accurate estimate for storage costs, we usually send one of our estimators out to visit you to carry out a survey so we can make sure everything’s covered.

Self storage

If you want easy access to your belongings, take a look at our sister company Plymouth Self Storage. You can choose the amount of storage space you need, and how long you want it for. Once you’ve got your storage space, you’ll have access to it six days a week with no extra charges.

De-cluttering or downsizing

Need some help presenting your property in its best light?

If you’re looking to sell your home, our de-cluttering service can help prospective buyers see its potential.

Many people find it easier to picture themselves living in a property if there’s less furniture and fewer personal possessions to distract them. By putting some of your things in storage, you can encourage potential buyers to imagine filling the space with their own belongings.

We can collect and store anything you’d like taken away while you’ve got people viewing your property, helping you increase your chances of making a sale. When you’re ready, we can bring everything back, or transport it to your new home.

We can also store furniture while you’re having work done on your property, or if you’re downsizing and need somewhere to keep family heirlooms or furniture which you intend to  pass on to family members or sell in the future.

Small Moves

There are often times when you don’t need a full removal service, just a little help getting things from one place to another.

We offer a ‘man and van’ service at an hourly rate or half day rate, which is great for moving on a limited budget, transporting a few bulky items or putting items into storage (like when you’re de-cluttering your home before you put it on the market or before you have building work done).

In-house relocations

Moving furniture around your home so you can remodel or redecorate can be tricky, particularly when you’ve got large, bulky pieces of furniture or valuable antiques. We can help take the stress and strain out of re-arranging furniture in your home, whether that’s a few key pieces or several rooms’ worth

De-cluttering or downsizing 

If you’re looking to sell your home, our de-cluttering service can help prospective buyers see it’s potential. We can collect and store anything you’d like taken away while you’ve got people viewing your property. When you’re ready, we can bring everything back, or transport it to your new home.

Moving into self storage

Renting a unit in a local self storage and need help moving items? We will ensure that your effects are transported with the greatest of care. With many years of experience our crew are able to ensure maximum use of the space you’ve rented.

We offer special rates for all moves into Plymouth Self Storage. Call us or use our full online quotation form for a quotation.

Insurance & Waivers

Sometimes, the best laid plans can go wrong. Accidents happen.

With Hackworthy and Sons, you can relax knowing you’re fully covered for anything that might happen during your move.

Cancellation waiver

If you cancel a confirmed booking at short notice, you’d normally have to pay a percentage of removal charges. With our cancellation waiver insurance, you’ve got full cover. So if your plans change unexpectedly, you won’t have to pay any extra costs, even if you cancel the day before you’re due to move.

Late key waiver

If you can’t get in to your new property on time you’d normally have to pay extra costs of £50 per hour. With our late key waiver insurance, our crew will stay on site for up to three extra hours with no additional charge.


We believe in making things as simple as possible. That’s why offer a bespoke removals and storage policy to our customers. It is specifically designed for the moving process so if anything does go wrong they will be covered.

All removal companies registered with the British Association of Removers must provide insurance liability cover as part of their standard T&Cs. But many charge extra for removal insurance, storage insurance and in some cases, even fire insurance.

In the unlikely event that something does go wrong and you need to make a claim, we’ll guide you through the process and help get it sorted out as quickly as possible.

Why use Hackworthy & Sons?

At Hackworthy & Sons, we have been helping people move house for over 40 years, with many generations still working in the company now, we have the ethos of a small independent business but we easily have the capability to match any large national company. 

Many of our UK removals take place throughout the South West of England, however, we do carry out nationwide and overseas removals

For more information on why you should choose Hackworthy for your house removal, visit our about us page

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