A new solution for moving that combines DIY and professional movers.
MoveCube gives you the opportunity to pack up your stuff in your own time while still getting the help from moving professionals. Whether you’re heading abroad or across the country, MoveCube is a hybrid solution that could work for you.
In this guide, we look at the pros and cons and where you can find comparable rates and shipping options.
What's in this guide?
- What is a MoveCube?
- When should I use a MoveCube?
- How do I compare MoveCube?
- How much does a MoveCube cost?
- How should I prepare for my MoveCube removal?
- Do I need to be there when my MoveCube is picked up for removal?
- What does a MoveCube include and not include?
- Pros and cons of MoveCube
- Bottom line
- Frequently asked questions
What is a MoveCube?
MoveCube is a small shipping container that you pack yourself and leave the transportation to the experts. Seven Seas Worldwide heads up the MoveCube operation and has been in the moving business for more than 20 years.
When you order MoveCube online, Seven Seas will deliver it to your door, pick it up when ready and ship it to its domestic or international destination. You can also order multiple containers for larger moves.
When should I use a MoveCube?
MoveCube can be great for moving a studio apartment, a two-bedroom house or even students into their new dorm. You can use MoveCube to ship your excess baggage and holiday gear when you take a vacation. You can also use it to ship equipment and sporting gear such as kayaks and bicycles.
How do I compare MoveCube?
You can compare MoveCube to independent contractors that advertise on sites including Oneflare, Taskrabbit, and Airtasker. When you post your job online, you will get lots of quotes to choose from. You can also read reviews and compare companies in your area.
Get about three different quotes and compare experience, price and services until you find one you like.
How much does a MoveCube cost?
Depending on the size of the cube, where you're shipping it to, and whether you request extras like boxes, packing tape and trolleys, prices will vary.
On top of that, an hourly fee is sometimes charged for pick-up and removal:
- Low range - $50 per hour
- Mid-range - $60 per hour
- High range - $100 per hour
When you request a quote, make sure you ask what's included in the final price.
How should I prepare for my MoveCube removal?
You want to make sure that your MoveCube is packed securely and loose items are safely strapped down. Boxes should fit snugly into the MoveCube to reduce rattle and the risk of breaking your precious items.
You will want to let MoveCube know your dates for delivery and pick-up, as well as all other important information such as your destination address and if you need storage at the other end.
Do I need to be there when my MoveCube is picked up for removal?
Unless there are papers to sign, you don't need to be there when your MoveCube is picked up. The removalist can easily pick the shipping container up without disturbing you as it will be outside your home.
Most people prefer to be on site for delivery and pick-up just to tie up loose ends and make sure everything is on track.
What does a MoveCube include and not include?
The MoveCube comes in three sizes – small, medium, and large – depending on your requirements. Here's what's included when you use MoveCube for your move:
- Starter package for packing supplies
- Domestic and international shipping
- Storage options if needed
- Special deliveries, for example for excess baggage and sporting goods
- Students moving to college across the country or abroad
- Pick-up and delivery
- 24/7 multilingual customer call service: Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai and Malaysian speakers.
- Extra charges also on packing tape, markers, trolleys, bubble wrap, and furniture wrap
- Some restrictions apply to international travel.
Pros and cons of MoveCube
MoveCube is part do-it-yourself and part leave-it-to-the-professionals. So you want to be the kind of hands-on person that loves to do their own packing.
- You can take your time packing your MoveCube
- No worry about transportation
- Includes pickup and delivery.
- There's an extra charge for boxes
- Additional costs for supplies and equipment
- Pricier than doing it yourself.
MoveCube is a stress-free way of packing and shipping because you only have to worry about filling boxes. It may be a bit more expensive than doing it yourself, but it's a good solution for people who want to be in charge of their own packing. It's also ideal for delivery of special goods such as sporting gear and also for shipping your kids off to uni. Read more about your options for removalists.
Frequently asked questions
Which countries does MoveCube ship to?
International shipping includes Australia, New Zealand (Auckland and Wellington), UK, South Africa, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, China (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Chengdu) and Ireland.
Is there a weight limit for the MoveCube?
The weight requirement is limited to 1.25 metric tonnes for all MoveCubes. Even though the cubes are sturdy enough to support more weight, the moving machinery cannot accommodate more weight.
What's the best way to pack my MoveCube?
Boxes of equal weight should be distributed evenly around the Movecube, with the heaviest right in the centre and lighter boxes around the outside. Everything should be secure so as to avoid breakage. You can get more packing and moving tips directly from MoveCube.