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Based on 1,018,073 cost profiles



Based on 1,018,073 cost profiles

Costs mentioned are determined by quotes received for removalist requests on Oneflare and should only be used as a guide.

For some, the thought of moving residencies can be extremely daunting and stressful with everything that's included; attending inspections and finding a new home, managing a loan and finally packing and moving. Without a doubt, the cost of a removalists might not be cheap. However, the price is worth getting the job done right rather than damaging your LED TV or damaging your back from the heavy lifting. Removalist jobs don't have to be just moving items from point A to B. They can also provide special services upon request, such as furniture disassembly or even packing and unpacking boxes for you.

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Setting a budget for your removals

Removalists offer a number of different services and the quote you receive will depend on the type of service needed, dependent on the amount of goods that need to be removed will determine the package required.

Other factors affecting the cost of your job

Some electrical jobs can be seen as simple, such as the installation of a switch. However, a job that may seem two-dimensional from an outside perspective, may involve more consideration than you may think. However “big” or “small” the electrical work, the more details you provide, the more accurate the quote will be.

What items do you need moving?

On Oneflare, the most job requests require large furniture, white goods, beds and boxes.

Beds Boxes White Goods Large Furniture Piano Pool
$149 - $402 Tick
$106 - $251 Tick Tick
$131 - $555 Tick Tick Tick Tick
$278 - $701 Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
$285 - $660 Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick

How to save money with your removalist job

As previously mentioned, there are basic removalist services that can be thought of as the bare minimum services provided, and there are additional special services that can make your move more seamless and hassle-free.

If price is a big consideration and you don’t mind doing a bit of extra work and organising, there are definitely ways to reduce the time and money spent on the job:

  • Buy and pack your own boxes
  • Prepare a parking space for the truck in advance
  • Try and schedule your move in the middle of the month. Removalist jobs at the start or end of the month tend to be more expensive
  • To make the move a more seamless experience, don’t just label your boxes with what’s contained inside - but also add which rooms they will be going to in the new property
  • Defrost and empty your fridge at least a day before moving and wipe up any excess liquid. This will make life a lot easier for your removalists

Avoid doing a full grocery shop leading up to the move in order to reduce waste for food that requires refrigeration.

What type of property are you moving from/to?

Moving to and from a house will be a vastly different job than if it’s an apartment. Apartments will require considerations such as lifts, stairs and parking, which will need more effort to organise.

People that move from apartments pay between $171 - $418, whereas moving from a house will cost between $163 - $559. When moving to an apartment, the expected price range is from $171 - $422. On the other hand, people moving to a house will pay a total cost of $160 - $556.

Generally, the conclusion that can be made is that moving to and from a house is usually quoted a higher price on Oneflare - but this could be because usually houses hold more furniture and belongings than apartments. It’s important to note that while houses have a higher and larger price range than apartments, apartments are usually more complicated moves that require more planning

The number of bedrooms or bathrooms

Usually this can be determined by providing the number of rooms in your house; this can include the number of bedrooms or total rooms such as the kitchen and lounge room as well.

# of Bedrooms Price Range
1 $4,500 - $79,300
2 $1,500 - $119,900
3 $116,800 - $385,900

The amount to move will also determine what type of vehicle is needed (e.g. truck, ute) and also how many removalists are required.

How far is the move?

This is an obvious factor that affects the price you will be expected to pay. Keep in mind that although most removalist job requests are for moving residencies within the same state, you can also request a removalist to take your belongings interstate; the extra distance will undoubtedly bring the price up.

Get accurate quotes

Improve accuracy of quotes by including the following information:

  • Any large items to be moved
  • Access to the property e.g. stairs, lift, street
  • How far are you travelling

Cost calculator for removals

Find the average cost of removals jobs similar to yours

$45 $100 Expected price range in Australia*

*This is an average price only and doesn't include materials. Your job may receive different quotes.

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How to hire a Removalist

Qualifications and insurance

Removalists do not require any formal qualifications to undertake work. However, there are some certificates available for the removalist trade. If a removalist is a member of the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA), they will have Public Liability insurance and therefore will provide insurance for your belongings in transit.

Questions to ask

Before you hit the hire button, get answers to these questions: What is the total cost of the move? What exactly is included in the cost? Do you charge by the hour or is it a flat rate? How long will the move take? Are there any additional costs you will charge, fuel, for example? How many movers will there be? Are my belongings insured? Are you a member of any industry association?

Verified and reviewed

As always with any business you hire on Oneflare, ensure they have a valid ABN to know you're hiring a legitimate business. For greater peace-of-mind, check past customer reviews on their Oneflare profile.


To receive the most accurate quote, be sure to include as much information about the job as possible.

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