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How much should you budget for a professional removalist? The answer depends on how much stuff you have to move, the size of the truck you need and the number of removalists, the distance to travel and where you're moving to and from.
Looking at some quick quotes from several Australian moving companies, prices for a medium-sized truck with two removalists range from $90-130 an hour. But your specific costs may look very different.
Read on to learn more about removalist costs and how you can estimate yours.
Removalists calculate their service charges based on several factors:
Here are some basic moving costs estimates based on prices in Sydney taking from hipages:
|Cost/hour||Move size||Move time||Total cost|
|$125||1 bedroom unit||2 hours||$250|
|$175||3 bedroom unit||3 hours||$525|
|$245||3 bedroom home (large)||5 hours||$1,225|
Removalists typically charge using one of two different price structures: a flat fee or a time-based rate.
If a removalist charges a flat fee, they will provide a quote and you'll know exactly how much your move will cost. Flat fees make budgeting for a move easy and take a bit of the pressure off the removalists performing their task within a tight timeframe.
Removalists that charge a time-based rate generally charge either by the hour or half-hour. The benefit of an hourly or half-hourly rate is that it can keep your costs low. If your move goes quicker than expected you can end up saving money. But if your move takes longer than anticipated your costs will go up.
To get a clearer idea of your moving costs, get quotes from multiple movers. Most professional moving companies have online cost estimators, so all you need to do is put in the details of your move and get a quote.
Once you have several quotes you can get a better idea what your costs will look like.
Cost is one thing, but you should also think about the quality of the service you're paying for. Not all removalists are created equal. Do your research, read reviews online and find a company that has many positive reviews, if possible. Your experience dealing with the company via phone or email before you book is also a good indicator of the service you'll get.
A good rule of thumb is to look for removalists that are members of the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA). This industry body offers accreditation and holds its members to minimum standards for training, equipment and insurance cover.
You may choose to save money by handling your move yourself. This can be a good option if you’re only moving a single room or a small house. You can buy your own packing materials, package all your belongings and hire a truck to transport them.
If you’re looking to handle a bigger move yourself, some companies offer storage containers that can be dropped off at your house, allowing you to load them at your leisure. When you finish, they can be transported to your new property where you can unload them.
However, before you decide to DIY, you should keep a few things in mind:
If you can rope in a few friends, a DIY move can be a good lower-cost alternative. But be aware that the time, effort and frustration that comes with handling your move yourself could end up outweighing removalists’ fees.
Moving is a hassle and you’re unlikely to get through the process unscathed. A good removalist may cost a bit of money, but you’ll be thankful when you make it through your move bruised and battered, but alive.
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