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As a local removals company with over 145 years of experience, we know that moving house is about more than just the heavy lifting. That’s why our team aims to take the headache out of moving house by providing a great customer experience from the moment you pick up the phone to the moment your removals team wave goodbye.
Choose the services that suit your individual move or ask us to recommend the ones we think will help you. If you need help with something you don’t see below, just ask, we’ll be happy to add in any extras you need if we can.
Established in 1875 Bournes has a lot of experience in providing local removals and storage services in the South East of England.
Family run since 1875 with a reputation built on personal service, quality and outstanding customer feedback.
A range of flexible moving services to provide what’s most important to you, whether that’s low cost, extra help with packing or a schedule that works best for your family.
Fully insured and independently pre-vetted by Which? Trusted Traders and the British Association of Removers (BAR).
Security vetted uniformed, experienced and professional crews who all undertake regular skills training at our in-house training school.
To help you prepare for move day and guide you through, every step of the way.
Fixed quote with no hidden surprises with a choice of in home, phone, video or online survey.
As well as our standard removals, packing and storage services we offer a range of additional services that help make your move easier.
Our crews are fully trained and will take care to move all your belongings safely and securely and our expert planning teams work hard to make sure your move with run smoothly. However, we all know accidents and situations can happen that are sometimes outside of our control and yours. That’s why we offer comprehensive Removals and Storage insurance, Late Key and Cancellation/ Postponement protection to give you peace of mind that you’re financially protected if the unexpected happens.
Doing your own packing or just looking for boxes? Choose from our wide range of packing boxes, paper, bubble wrap and tape to help get you started. You can ask us to include these in your quote for advance delivery, collect from our local depot (please call in advance to arrange) or order online for home delivery here.
If you don’t have the time, skills or desire to undertake all those extra jobs that come with moving house our Handymen can help.
From dismantling swing sets and taking down light fittings on the move out to hanging pictures and curtains or putting together your new furniture in your new home, they have the skills to make moving out and settling in quick and easy.
Housemaid Unpacking Service
If you need a little extra help when moving out of your home, or even a little extra help settling into your new one Bournes are here to help.
We can unpack your kitchen items into cupboards, help hang your clothes in wardrobes or place in drawers, we can even help make the beds ready for your first night in your new home.
We've partnered with Please Connect Me to provide a FREE concierge service to help you set up utilities and services, acting as a 'one-stop shop' turning multiple phone calls into one.
To take advantage of this fantastic free service, or just to get some more information from the team click here to apply online.
We have branches across the South East of England so are ideally placed to help with moves to or from London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire.
Harbour Road, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7TE
Tel: 01797 228000
Unit 4, Tunbridge Wells Enterprise Centre, North Farm Industrial Estate, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 3DR
9-11 Edison Road, Rabans Lane Industrial Estate, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP19 8TE
Tel: 01296 482471
Whitehall, Horsham Road, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8EH
Tel: 01483 273774
Your cost for removals and storage will vary depending on your individual move circumstances including:
The best way to get a fixed quote for your move is to get in touch with us so we can understand more about your personal requirements.
To find out more about how costs are calculated read our guide to Average House Removal Costs.
Yes! Packing services may actually not be as expensive as you think and can be hugely valuable in saving you time and stress when you move house.
Our removals crews’ complete specialist packing training and are experienced inwrapping and packing your items to protect them for the specific risks of moving house. We can pack everything for you or just some of your belongings(like your fragile items) if you prefer to do some of your packing yourselves. If we’re providing a packing service we’ll bring all the boxes along on the day and you can just leave everything where it is. If you’re doing any of your own packing we can include advance delivery of boxes for you in our quote.
For all UK moves we will bring along wardrobe cartons on moving day to pack any hanging clothes and stop them getting creased, so you can just leave those in the wardrobe until we arrive.
Find out more about our packing options for your removal.
When we’ve discussed your individual requirements we will suggest our recommended move plan to provide the most cost-effective method of helping you move that covers all your moving goals. Typically, this includes:
Organisations like the BAR (British Association of Removers) pre-vet moving companies for you, and only let those who meet their standards become a member and display the badge.
This helps you determine whether a removals firm is professional and reputable and reduces the risk of choosing a ‘rogue trader’, putting your money and your worldly possessions at risk.
After all, these days with a little money and an internet marketing expert it’s not difficult to have a smart-looking website that is very convincing! If you want to be sure you’ve chosen a reputable Removal Company, look for the badge.
Yes, and it’s often a really good idea to have your chosen removal company selected and all the details agreed in advance so that all you need to do when you get a move date is confirm it. This saves you a lot of time and makes sure that your preferred mover is available(particularly in peak periods like summer and school holidays).
At Bournes we can even book your provisional move date in for you early and if you take our Cancelation/Postponement waiver option you can re-arrange this up to 24 hours before hand with no additional charge.
We’ve got a range of removals vehicles. We use our small 3.5 ton packing vans for pre-packing or for houses with tight access. We also have our standard 7.5 ton lorries which we find suits most average 3-bedroom house moves and have larger vehicles right up to 18 ton lorries which can also tow a trailer to double the capacity for efficient transport for even the largest moves.
Our varied fleet means we can handle any size move and any access challenges you may be concerned about. As a local removals company with branches across the South East we have expert knowledge of local areas to help recommend the most appropriate vehicle for your move.
Our vehicles are also custom designed for Removals and Storage and carry equipment like electronic tail lifts and ramps for efficient loading, timber tie rails to secure large furniture items for transport and air ride suspension to reduce movement and protect our precious load. When it comes to moves requiring storage our side loading doors allow us to load straight into a wooden container at your home meaning we don’t have to handle your items again when they are returned to our warehouse, reducing the risk of damage and our costs.