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Moving is an exciting life change, but thinking about the packing, dismantling and lifting can be stressful. Finding a recommended and efficient moving helper can take the load off, literally. Here's our guide to finding the right moving help service for your needs.

What is a moving help service?

A moving help service provides experienced workers who will help you with moving furniture and other items to a new location. They provide you with the essential equipment to move and secure your items, so they are not damaged during transit. Part of their services can include packing, loading, unloading, reassembly of furniture and storage facilities.

The moving company you hire should ensure that your relocation will be completed within a timeline with minimal disruption. When looking for a company, you should consider whether you're moving locally, interstate or abroad.

When should I use a moving help service?

You should consider hiring the services of a moving help company if you have large and bulky items that should be handled by experienced workers. If you have fragile items like a piano or television, the moving company can provide you with the materials to safely pack them. A moving service will help lessen the stress of a move especially if you want to invest your time in other tasks.

How do I compare moving help services?

There are online platforms where you can compare profiles and feedback of various companies in your area. You can post the details of the job on Muval, Airtasker or MovingHelp to compare quotes from different companies. Before choosing a company or individual, it's wise to find out if the company is insured to cover damage to your valuables.

You can compare companies or individuals based on:

  • The quoted price
  • Any extra free inclusions e.g packing materials or mattress covers
  • How fast the helpers can complete the job
  • Previous customer reviews of the company or individual

Compare removalists

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Free quote? Flat rate fee? Insurance? Interstate moving? Areas serviced
Mooval
Yes
Yes
Yes
Across Melbourne and Sydney
Muval
Muval
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart
Muval provides connections to removal companies for those wanting to move interstate or locally.
Allied
Allied
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Wollongong, Wagga Wagga
Allied provides moving services around Australia and the world.
Mini Movers
Mini Movers
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Brisbane, Melbourne, Gold Coast
Offers local, direct door-to-door, short distance moving with hourly rates.
Dawson Moving and Storage
Dawson Moving and Storage
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, New Castle, Townsville, Bunbury, Hobart, Launceston
Local furniture mover and interstate removalist.
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How much does moving help cost?

The cost of moving help can depend on the travel distance between the two locations and the total number of boxes and furniture to transport. Some services often offer a fixed price for their relocation services. According to Airtasker, apartment removals can start from $100 - $239. The price varies if you are looking to move items like a bed, appliances, a piano and fragile items. It will cost more if the move is interstate.

What should you look for when hiring moving help?

It is important that the company you hire should be a registered member of the Association of Furniture Removers in Australia (AFRA). Members will have public liability insurance which will provide insurance for your items in transit. You should make sure that the company has positive reviews as it reflects on their trustworthiness and good service.

If you are hiring from Airtasker and Gumtree, make sure the company has a valid ABN.

How should I prepare for moving help?

Here are some tips to help you prepare for your moving help service:

  • Book your moving service company at least a month in advance.
  • Consider getting transit insurance for possible damage or loss of your goods.
  • Prepare an inventory of your items.
  • Ask the moving company for a list of items they are not allowed to transport.
  • Obtain packing materials. Ensure to label all packed boxes.
  • Arrange for a parking spot as close to the door as possible.
  • Reserve an elevator or a service elevator for the move if necessary.
  • Alert your movers about possible difficulties such as stairs, narrow doorways or streets.
  • Get access to your new place so you will have the keys.
  • Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator and freezer before the move.
  • Set aside items that will not be loaded into the truck or van.

Do I need to be there when the moving help arrives?



You don't need to be there when the moving help arrives to load your furniture but it is recommended you be there to oversee the move. That way you can ensure all items are handled with care, strapped down and cushioned if needed. Inspect the move to make sure nothing gets left behind.


What does a moving help service include and not include?

A moving help service can customise their services to meet your needs. Below is what a typical service will help and not help with:

Included

  • Loading your items on to their truck or van and unloading them at the new location.
    • Securing your items by strapping them down with ropes or straps.
    • Safely packing your items inside their vehicle, using protective fabric if necessary.
    • Placing items in the rooms and positions you want them in at your new address.
    • Some moving companies help with the reassembly of furniture.

Not included

  • Some companies do not provide pet transportation as part of their services.
  • Disconnecting large appliances and computer hardware.
  • Transport of dangerous and hazardous materials.
  • Connecting your gas, electricity and internet at your new address.

Pros and cons of moving help

Pros

  • Saves time on hiring vehicles and planning the logistics of the transport.
  • Minimises the risk of injury to you from improper heavy lifting.
  • Superior equipment to help with the move.

Cons

  • Additional costs can get expensive.

Bottom line

A moving help service can make your relocation go smoothly. By comparing the services and quotes, you can choose the company that will take care of the entire move for you.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to provide the tools or equipment for removal services?

Moving companies or individual removalists usually have their own tools for their services. Inform the company ahead of time of relevant details so they can provide you with the tools for any disassembly you might need to do.

Should I provide the workers with food and drink during the move?

Moving helpers will come with everything they need to complete the job, but it's always polite to offer water, especially if it's a hot day.

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