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How much do removalists cost? | 2021 guide

8th Oct '21 • By Shreya Kulkarni

A removalist costs anywhere from $70/hour to $250/hour. But this price depends on various factors like the amount of furniture, distance to your new property, insurance costs etc. The total cost of a removalist’s service ranges from $300 - $3,500, depending on your area, the service package you choose, and the circumstances in the process of moving your furniture and belongings.

Whether you are moving from one home to a new one, moving into your new office, downsizing for your retirement, or you just want to take up a bigger space for yourself, you will need the help of a professional removalist. If you do not have friends and family to help you lifting items and moving in or out, a removalist can do the lifting and placements for you.

Article Overview

  • How are removalists being paid?
  • How much is the approximate cost of furniture removal?
  • What factors influence the cost of furniture removal?

How much do removalists cost?

There are various factors that can affect the cost of paying for removalists’ services, such as the distance of the place where you will move, the number of furniture and belongings that you want to move, and if you will need the full service of removalists or you will opt to pack your belongings before you have it moved to your new place. But if you want to save time and energy when moving from one place to another, it is a better decision to have a removalist packed your belongings and move them to your new place.

The usual pricing of furniture removal depends on the area where you reside and the number of furniture you want to be transported. There are removalists who charge hourly rates, and there are removalists who charge by the half-hour. The half-hour charge refers to the 15 minutes increments. For interstate moves, there are removalists who charge by cubic meter or according to the amount of belonging you have per box or per item. The total cost of a removalist’s service ranges from $300 - $3,500, depending on your area, the service package you choose, and the circumstances in the process of moving your furniture and belongings.

How much is the cost of furniture removal?

You can get multiple quotes from local removalists to get the best deals in your area. You can expect the quotes to range from $70/hour to $250/hour without insurance or the packaging service to have your belongings sealed and ready to be transported. Suppose you want to ensure that your furniture and belongings are secured, and the removalists will take full accountability for any damage done during the packaging and unpacking of your furniture and belongings. In that case, you can get a premium service that includes packaging and insurance for the price that starts at $250 an hour.

Some removalists are particular to the number of rooms included and the whether your furniture and belongings are heavy. You can expect the following charge depending upon the number of rooms and the hours of service.

  • $80/hr for moving small items with 2 movers that usually take 2 - 3 hours to finish moving and transporting everything.
  • $120/hr for a 1 bedroom apartment with 2 movers that usually take 3 - 5 hours to finish moving and transporting everything.
  • $150/hr for a small 3 bedroom apartment with 3 movers that usually takes 4 - 6 hours to finish moving and transporting everything.
  • $230/hr for a large 3 bedroom home with 4 movers that usually take 6 - 8 hours to move and transport everything
  • $300/hr for a large family home that has 4+ bedrooms with 5 movers and usually takes 7 - 9 hours to finish moving and transporting everything.

If you want to hire local city removalists, you can expect to pay $100/hr for a 3 bedroom unit with 2 movers, truck, and mileage. Insurance is included in this service package, and you can add other movers for $40 per additional mover. In comparison, interstate removalists cost $3500 to $5000 from Sydney to Melbourne for example. This service package is good for 3 bedrooms in a house with 2 movers. The insurance in the packaging and unpacking is also included in this service.

Factors influencing the cost of furniture removal

Different factors affect the cost of the services of removalists. Here are some factors that might help you figure out how much budget you need for a removalist. 

  1. Area of the property you are moving from

In determining the cost of removalist’s service, the area of the property you are moving from is an important concern. The removalist may charge lesser for a one-bedroom apartment than a home with three bedrooms. It is because the larger the area, the more furniture and belongings it holds. A removal service takes more time and manpower to move furniture and belongings from a bigger property. It will also need a bigger vehicle, such as a truck, to transport all the furniture and belongings from the old property to the new one.

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  1. Time and distance

Time and distance are also major factors that affect the cost of removal services. The time directly affects the cost if the rate of the payment is hourly. While the distance that the transportation covers will also be charged to the customer. Another thing that might affect time is the packaging and unpacking o your furniture and belongings as you move out and move into your new property.

  1. Difficulty of the service and transportation

Of course, the difficulty of the service determines the cost of the service. If you have little to medium-sized furniture and you are moving 10-30 kms from your old property, then removal service might cost cheaper for you. The complexity determines the effort that removalists need to exert to finish the job. So you hire a removalist, you are also paying for the experience, expertise, and skills that they exert in full effort to accomplish the job right on time. The more furniture and belongings you have, the more complex the job is, and the more distance will be covered as it will not likely be done in just one dash. Most of the time, for complex jobs with more rooms, furniture, and belongings, removalists need to visit the property for subsequent times within the day to be able to move everything you need in the new property.

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