UK Removals

Removals, Storage & Shipping since 1973

Whether you’re moving locally or across the UK, we’ll make sure everything goes smoothly. And we can also take care of business relocations.

Once you’ve accepted an offer on your house it’s time to think about getting quotes for your move ‒ even if it seems a long way off. 

Having all the quotes ready in advance can save you a lot of time and hassle later.

But how do you choose which firms to call? Asking family and friends about their last removal can be a good place to start. 

Recommendations usually give you a good idea about the kind of service you’ll get from a firm.

Our advisors are on hand to support you through the entire process. We have a range of extra services available, including storage solutions and help with packing.

When it comes to the actual move, our specialist local knowledge comes into its own ‒ particularly if you’re moving to somewhere like Mevagissey and Fowey in Cornwall, or the Dartmouth and Brixham area in Devon, where access can be tricky.

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 unlike most other removal companies, your quote includes insurance cover for all your belongings throughout the move.

All removal companies registered with the British Association of Removers are required to provide 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.

Moving can be stressful enough without having to decide whether you need to take our extra cover to insure your possessions against damage or loss. Our insurance is designed to give you cover for your belongings throughout the whole removal process; including any time they’re in storage.

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.

Client Testimonials

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking you and your team most sincerely for the excellent service by Jason and Steve who carried out the move.

Nothing was too much trouble.... they were extremely helpful, courteous and polite.... and certainly made what is generally known to be a most stressful experience somewhat pleasant!

I certainly would have no hesitation in recommending your company to any of my friends or colleagues who need removal services.

Keith, Plymouth to Plymouth

A very quick email regarding our recent move....Simply put Ollie and Josh were brilliant. They turned up and immediately set about getting us packed.

Throughout the move they were polite, friendly and worked incredibly hard. We couldn't have asked for two better chaps to help us with our move and the breathtaking amount of stuff we've accumulated!

Matthew, Plymouth

I was very impressed with the service and all the staff. The office staff were friendly and helpful over the phone/via email, and the removal team were one of the best we have ever used. 

We have moved 14 times and had some very poor experiences, we had two exceptional experiences prior to this one, and now we have had three exceptional experiences. We were very happy with the move and all the staff and I hope we let them know how pleased we were. I would definitely use them again if needed.

Sue, Truro - South Brent

The Hackworthy ethos far exceeds a customer's expectations. We have used you twice for ourselves, and you recently moved our friend - but had to go through me for the whole aspect of the removal service due to her work commitments - not once did any of your staff call or email her with anything - she said it was the most stress free move she has ever done in her life. 

Thank you Hackworthy's. Wish there were more companies with your attitude to the unexpected!

Mark, Exeter - Barnstaple

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