Moving house can be exhausting, but only if you decide to do it all yourself. With a professional team of removalists by your side, even the biggest jobs can turn into simple projects. But of course, with the skill and talent that a team of removalist can bring you comes the professional fee that they charge.
So how much do removalists cost? Whether you just need help learning how to move a fridge or whether you need them to do the entire moving job from top to bottom, the price of your removalists will depend on what you need moving and how you need it done. We’ll discuss the average cost of moving home in Australia and whether a removalist is right for you.
Why Do I Need Professional Removalists?
A removalist does much more than just pack up your items. Their work includes cleaning up the area, handling transportation from your old home to your new one, assisting with the logistics of moving your bigger items as well as your fragile and valuable ones, and much more.
The fact of the matter is, removalists can save you a ton of headaches. Loading and unloading can take an entire day (or more), and having a team of handy, strong removalists can keep your back from aching the next day.
Why Not DIY?
While you can save the money of hiring a removalist by choosing to do it yourself, remember that doing it yourself can be much more difficult than you realise. Moving items, loading them and unloading them is not always easy; learning how to move a fridge or bed for the first time without damaging any walls or flooring is a nightmare.
If you choose to save money and do it yourself, remember these three things:
- This will take you much more time and energy, both of which are better spent on handling the more important logistics of moving house
- You need to think of and prepare all the equipment, including packing materials and hiring transportation, as well as insurance
- Any damage comes straight out of your own pocket
How Much Will A Team Of Removalists Cost?
A study conducted earlier this year found that on average, Australians spend about $1600 on moving home. This is a lump sum that includes reconnecting utilities, cleaning the area, and paying professional removalists.
Generally, removalists can cost anywhere from $500 to a few thousand dollars. This large range accounts for all possible removal needs, from studio apartments to large mansions. The study cited above breaks down the average cost of a removalist into 3 points:
- $3655 on average for a team of removalists to handle the entire moving project
- $2099 on average for removalists to transport the items, with no packing or unpacking
- $782 on average for removalists to move, with no packing or truck included
So how exactly does a removalist calculate the fee for a job? There are two possible pricing options: a flat fee agreed before the project, or an hourly or daily fee. If you choose the flat fee, the removalists will begin by assessing your home, seeing what needs to be packed and moved and how far it needs to be taken. The time-based fee is usually charged every hour or half-hour. While many prefer the time-based fee, it can end up costing you more than you were ready to pay if unexpected obstacles come up.
There are three other factors that make up the price point for your removal. These are:
- $2955 overseas moving on average (according to the ING study)
- $3605 interstate moving
- $2501 100 kilometres intrastate moving
- $1282 if less than 100 kilometres
- $1116 if less than 20 kilometres
- $1197 for 2-bedroom unit (or smaller)
- $1460 for 3-bedroom house (or smaller house)
- $2329 for 4-bedroom house (or larger)
The more that you need your removalists to do, the higher they will charge in their fee. So think about what parts of your removal you can DIY, and what parts you need help with.
Ready To Move?
At Giffen Furniture Removals, we prioritise two things: giving our customers the best value for their dollar and making sure that every removal goes according to plan. If you are looking to move house soon and are thinking about getting professional help for your removal needs, then Giffen Furniture Removals is the number you need to call.
Contact us today, on our site or by phone, and let us know what you need help with. We’ll give you a quote immediately and help you with your furniture removal right away.