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How much do removalists cost?

$100 - $200 per hour

    How much does a removalist cost?

    The thought of moving residences can be extremely daunting and overwhelming with everything that’s involved. And you don’t want to forget important things on your moving day because of stress.

    With all this, moving costs will not be cheap. However, the price is worth getting the job done right versus damaging your LED TV or your back from the heavy lifting. The estimates for average removal costs in Australia can vary drastically from $100 to $8,500.

    Removalist or backloading jobs don’t have to be just moving items from point A to B. They can also include special services upon request, such as furniture disassembly, helping you move interstate or even packing and unpacking boxes for you, so you can focus on completing your moving checklist

    Does the cost vary based on location?

    Factors such as the travel distance and the number of contents for your move impact removalist pricing compared to the actual location of the move. Here are quotes Oneflare customers have received in different Australian states for local, interstate and regional moves:

    Local removalists Average reported cost
    South Australia $100 – $400
    Victoria $100 – $500
    New South Wales $110 – $950


    Interstate removalists  Average reported cost
    Australian Capital Territory $500 – $4,000
    Victoria $1,000 – $2,500
    New South Wales $575 – $6,000
    Queensland $400 – $4,300


    Regional removalists  Average reported cost
    New South Wales $150 – $3,500
    Queensland $200 – $3,300
    Victoria $200 – $1,000

    Setting a budget for your removals

    A removalist cost will vary based on the type of service you need and the number of goods that need to be moved. Removalists offer a number of different services to suit various types of moves.

    Basic removalist services 

    A basic removal job will usually cost about $200 to $2,000, which covers moving items from one room to another, carrying your goods and packing them into the van or truck, transporting your items and handling and unloading your belongings into your new home. Be sure to ask your removalist what house moving services the quote includes.

    Removalist specialist services 

    Removalist specialist services prices start at $200 up to $750. The additional special services you can request include the dismantling and packing of your furniture, packing your items into boxes, and unloading and arranging your furniture.

    Piano removalist services 

    Whether you have an upright or grand piano, piano removal costs anywhere between $250 to $1,500 and will vary based on the size of the piano and the distance of the move. Pianos are large and fragile items to maneuver and will require finding the right removalist that specialises in relocating bulky items.

    Other factors affecting the cost of your job

    We understand how expensive a moving company cost can be and how stressful it can be just thinking about a move in the first place, so here are a few questions to ask yourself before your move:

    Items you need to transport

    On Oneflare, the most common job requests for a removalist require moving large furniture, white goods, beds, and boxes. House removal costs can also increase if there are additional items in your garage you may have forgotten about.

    The type of property are you moving from and to

    The cost of moving house will alter vastly compared to the cost of moving apartment. Local house removal costs can differ because apartments will require considerations such as lifts, stairs, and parking, which will entail more effort to organise.

    Customers that move from apartments pay between $170 to $420, whereas moving from a house will cost between $160 to $600. When moving to an apartment, the expected price range is from $170 to $450. On the other hand, people moving to a house can pay an estimated total cost of $160 to $550.

    Moving to and from a house is usually quoted at a higher price. This is because 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 on how the removalist will access your home.

    Removalists can also cater to companies moving to a new office. Moving company prices will fluctuate with similar factors a homeowner needs to consider when moving to a new place. These include the number of items, the distance of the move, size of the office, the expected duration of the move, accessibility to the office and any other removal services needed.

    Distance of the move

    Most removalist job requests are for moving residencies within the same state; however, you can also request a removalist to take your belongings interstate. With the extra distance, interstate movers can expect to pay drastically higher compared to a local house removal. Customers on Oneflare have been quoted over $1,800 to have their belongings move interstate.

    It’s also important to note that, even with local moves, you may end up paying more if your removalist fees are charged by the hour and they are stuck in traffic. Try to arrange your house move during non-peak hour time to avoid unexpected extra charges.

    Number of rooms 

    It’s important to provide the removalist with as much detail as possible, particularly on the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and other rooms that need items being moved. The number of rooms you have will also determine what type and size of the vehicle are needed, such as a truck or ute, and also how many removalists are required.

    Other cost factors to consider

    • Cleaner and electrician: There are some jobs that your removalist wouldn’t typically offer or be qualified for. Whether your move is because you are reaching the end of your lease or you’re selling your home, hiring a cleaner may be a good investment to save you time. Removalists are also not qualified to do any electrical work, therefore hiring an electrician prior to your move to set up your internet or any other electrical needs in your new home, will ensure you’re able to relax once your belongings have been transferred.
    • Parking: If the most accessible parking spot for your removalist’s truck is far from your home, removalist hourly rates, are sure to soar. If possible, prior to your removalist’s arrival, lay out orange cones in the closest parking bay to your home. If you’re in an apartment and the removalist needs access to a lift, be aware that loading docks for trucks may need to be at least 3.2 metres to 3.7 metres high, depending on the truck’s size.
    Two men move glass object up ramp and into truck located in front of a hosue.

    Two men move a glass object into a removalist truck. | Source: A2B Removals

    Reasons why you shouldn't DIY

    It may sound easy to tap into a few friends to help you pack and load your boxes, hire a moving van and transport them to your new place. However, consider these factors before choosing whether or not to hire a house mover. 


    Without relevant experience, moving to your new home can take longer than expected. Your time can be costly, particularly if you need to take annual leave or time off work to organise your move. 

    Lifting large and awkward furniture

    If you’re deciding the move on your own, figuring out how to get that couch or fridge out of your front door can be a stressful task. You may also not have the right experience to load the truck properly to avoid damage to your items during transit. 

    Two men carrying a large mattress. | Source: WECUBE REMOVALS

    Other costs

    Additional packing materials, truck hire and insurance will also heavily contribute to the cost of moving house.

    How to hire a removalist

    Qualifications and insurance

    One of your biggest concerns about hiring a removalist may be having your items damaged. Removalists do not require any formal qualifications to undertake work; however, there are some certificates available for the removalist trade.

    Members of the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA) will have Public Liability insurance and, therefore, will provide insurance for your belongings in transit. Ask your removalist whether they have qualifications, and most importantly insurance.

    Questions to ask

    Before you hit the hire button, ask 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 that 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.

    Tips on how to save money when hiring a removalist

    We understand that moving can be a costly task. But there are ways to reduce the total costs for this:

    Tip #1: Find cheap moving boxes and pack your things to have them ready for your removalists. This will also save you money if your removalist is charging by the hour. 

    Tip #2: Prepare a parking space for the truck in advance.

    Tip #3: 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. 

    Tip #4: 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 to cut down labour time. 

    Tip #5: 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.

    Tip #6: Avoid doing a full grocery shop leading up to the move in order to reduce waste for food that requires refrigeration.


    * The cost data is based on Oneflare and third-party sources


    How long do removalists take?

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    Removalists will take a couple of hours to help you move house. It should not take longer than a day if the move is local.

    Real Oneflare customer quotes

    Natasha's removalist job

    Location PinCapital Monaro & Snowy, NSW
    Type of move


    Service needed

    Moving whole property contents

    Distance of move

    More than 50km

    $2200inc. gst

    Quoted by Moon Light Removalists

    Trev's removalist job

    Location PinWest Adelaide, SA
    Type of move


    Service needed

    Moving whole house contents

    Type of property


    $80inc. gst

    Quoted by Total Removals

    Ruth's removalist job

    Location PinSouth West Perth, WA
    Type of move


    Service needed

    Move contents of entire property

    Speciality Items

    Bike shed

    $300inc. gst

    Quoted by Ezi Removals Perth

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